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Summer 2008

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Conceptual drawing of the new Silk Road Exploration Gallery

Journeys: The Silk Road
Opening this summer, Journeys:The Silk Road is an exhibit for the whole family. Enjoy “hands-on, minds-on” learning as you explore the people, goods, and ideas that traveled the Silk Road. Pull up a seat in the traveler’s tent, try on a dancer’s costume, smell the spices, be a trader, explore maps, read books, learn how silk is made, investigate different materials, sit on a lotus, and more!

This new gallery is made possible by contributions to the Campaign for the Future, which is designed to enhance our our visitors’ experience through more interactive exhibitions and education programmes.

Journeys: The Silk Road has been made possible by contributions to the Campaign for the Future, including generous support from:
The Ahmanson Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Additional gifts from:
Susan and Robert Bishop
The Capital Group Companies
Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation
Lisa and Elton Davis
The Docent Council of Pacific Asia Museum
Georgianna and Paul Erskine
Setsuko Oka
Lisa See and Richard Kendall
The Stevenson Family: Andrew and Sunny
Jeanne Ward Foundation

Donor Profile: The Docent Council
One of the major supporters of the new education gallery Journeys: The Silk Road is the museum’s own Docent Council. The Council is the governing body responsible for our invaluable volunteer docents, who guide more than 4,000 visitors of all ages through the museum’s collections and exhibitions every year.

“We are so pleased to have a space permanently dedicated to education again,” said Lisa Davis, chair of the Council, “and we are delighted to have had a role in the planning. Naturally, when we had some funds available, it seemed appropriate to support the project financially as well. I hope this is just the beginning of making the museum more ‘user-friendly.’”

As individuals, the museum’s docents have been among the most generous donors to the Campaign for the Future, contributing more than $140,000.