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Marco Polo exhibit at Pointe-à-Callière

Most children know “Marco Polo” as the name of a popular pool game – a type of tag where a blindfolded subject tries to catch his or her peers through their shouted responses.

Little do they know that the game’s namesake – the real Marco Polo – also went wandering into the dark unknown with little to guide him. His journey went beyond the confines of a pool, spanning 24 years, two continents and over 20,000 miles before he made his way home.

Now, families can get a chance to relive Marco Polo’s world-changing journey in a new exhibit at Pointe-à-Callière museum. Join the great explorer on a trip from early Venice to 13th-century China, with stops along the way at destinations like Persia, Mongolia, India and the Holy Land.

The tour, entitled Marco Polo – an Epic Journey, is a multi-sensory experience which includes the sights, smells and sounds of each location, guided by Polo’s words as immortalized in his travel journal.

Visitors can also take a break to view the film Sur les traces de Marco Polo, produced by contemporary travellers following Polo’s journey.

The exhibit runs from May 6 to Oct. 26 at the Pointe-à-Callière museum in the Old Port.

Tickets are $42 for a family of two adults and two children, or $20 per adult, $7 per child ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under.

For more information visit pacmusee.qc.ca.

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