Cultural Organizations

  • Buddhist Art and Trade Routes: Images, maps, and articles about Buddhist art and the Silk Road, provided by the Asia Society.
  • Dunhuang Academy: Photos and information on the history of selected grottos from the Mogao caves.
  • The East-West Center: 1601 East-West Road Honolulu, Hawaii 96848 USA, Established 1960.
  • Monks and Merchants: Silk Road Treasures From Northwestern China, Gansu and Ningxia: Online exhibit from the Asia Art Society presenting images of sculptures, artifacts, and documents, each with a short article.
  • The Silk Road Dance Company, an award-winning dance troupe, presents women’s dances from the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, China, and the Caucasus, promoting cultural understanding through beauty and delight.
  • Silkroad Foundation: “The Bridge Between Eastern and Western Cultures” The Silkroad Foundation is a non-profit organization, established in 1996, to promote the study and preservation of cultures and art on Inner Asia and the Silk Road. The Silkroad Foundation provides resources, information, and interactive exchange toward the pursuit of educating the Bay Area community about Inner Asia and the Silk Road. The Silkroad Foundation operates from private funding and donations and has its headquarters in Saratoga, California.
  • The Silk Road Project, founded by cellist Yo Yo Ma and inspired by the cultural traditions of the historical Silk Road, this project is a catalyst promoting innovation and learning through the arts.


  • Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: The sections on Asia and the Iberian and Italian peninsulas are most relevant for students of the Silk Road.
  • Hermitage Museum: This collection of the Russian State Hermitage, situated in the center of St. Petersburg, contains several exhibits and items featuring the Silk Road.
  • Kyoto National Museum Gallery: This museum contains artifacts from and exhibits on the Silk Road, including On the Trail of Texts Along the Silk Road: The Russian Expedition’s Discovery of Manuscripts in Central Asia.
  • Photographic archive of K.A.C. Creswell, early scholar of medieval Islamic architecture from the seventh to the twelfth century, extending from al-Andalus (Islamic Spain) to Iraq: photos taken in the 1920s to 1940s, many of buildings subsequently lost. The collection of Creswell’s negatives is housed at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at Oxford University, and are partially published online there and via the Fine Arts Library at Harvard.
  • Topkapi Palace Museum: Topkapi Sarayi in Constantinople (now Istanbul,) the longstanding capitol of the Ottoman Empire, was one of many stops along the Silk Road.
  • Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathways to the Modern World is a special exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County open from December 22, 2013 – April 13, 2014.

Scholarly Sites

  • About Japan: Includes thirty essays on varied topics from Japanese history and society, all by recognized scholars; also includes teaching resources.
  • International Dunhuang Project: The Silk Road Online: A ground-breaking international collaboration to make information and images of all manuscripts, paintings, textiles and artifacts from Dunhuang and archaeological sites of the Eastern Silk Road freely available on the Internet and to encourage their use through educational and research programmes. Includes a searchable database of art, artifacts, and documents; articles and newsletters on Silk Road history and research; and a categorized list of links to useful sites.
  • Sidney D. Gamble Photographs: A digital collection of Duke University. Approximately 5,000 photographs, primarily of China, 1917-1932.
  • Silk Road Seattle, A public education project sponsored by the University of Washington, this sprawling web site includes illustrated articles on history, architecture, and culture; annotated bibliographies; an electronic atlas; and historic documents translated into English.


  • Syriana– Similar to The Silk Road Project, Syriana “is more than just a band. It’s a concept. An attitude. A perspective. A place where themes of tolerance, liberty and hope come wrapped in Arabic rhythms and played through a Western filter.”
  • Trans-Asian Diffusion, a journey along the Silk Road, a program of the radio show Hearts of Space (slow music for fast times) …music derived from those way stations on the Silk Road.