Gold and society: interesting exhibitions around the globe

News Arnulf Hinkel, Financial journalist – 23.11.2018

A number of worthwhile exhibitions focusing on the precious metal

Gold is not only the oldest and hardest currency ever, but has been immortalized as a formative part of the development of cultures worldwide in the truest meaning of the word. Gold exhibitions on these topics are particularly impressive in demonstrating how long gold has been a constant in the history of mankind. You’ll find a summary of  a number of worthwhile exhibitions focusing on the precious metal you can now visit in a number of financial centres and traditional gold production regions.

Gold and culture in Frankfurt and Paris

The special exhibition "Gold of Power" in the archaeological crypt of Notre Dame provides an overview of the political and social development that the city of Paris has undergone since it was founded. Among the exhibits are gold coins depicting the respective rulers of the city, including Julius Caesar. The exhibition "Gold & Wine" in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, on the other hand, illuminates the development of the Caucasus country of Georgia from 6000 BC to the Trialeti culture set in the Middle Bronze Age.

See the largest gold exhibition in the world: a complete city

If you would like to take an in-depth look at gold production, from extraction to finished jewellery, there is no getting around a visit of the Chinese city of Yantaí. Recognized already 39 times as China's "Top Gold Producer", the city, also called "Home of Gold" due to the fact that it houses 190 gold producing companies, has been transformed into a tourist attraction with more than 1.5 million visitors a year. To find out more about the fate of countless Chinese gold seekers in Australia, the permanent exhibition "Finding Gold" in the Chinese Museum in Melbourne provides the best information. The exhibition "Ballarat: Inspired by Gold" (located in a breath-taking building in the state of Victoria, Australia, that on its own warrants a visit) provides comprehensive information about the Australian gold rush of the 1850s. The "Museo del Oro" in Bogota, Colombia, and the "Gold of Africa" Museum in Capetown, South Africa, also offer insight into the social significance of gold in the respective regions.

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