In 1974 Chinese farmers discovered terracotta fragments while excavating a well. What they uncovered were the first clues to the location of the greatest archaeological discovery of the last fifty years. Chinese archaeologists excavating the site unearthed the burial complex of Qin Shihuangdi, China’s first Emperor. The find caused a sensation when it was revealed that the tomb contained hundreds of life sized terracotta warriors.
Ten of those warriors will be making the long journey to Philadelphia this September as part of the new Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibit at the Franklin Institute. This marks the first time that these priceless sculptures will be on display in Philadelphia in 30 years.
Since it is the Franklin Institute you can expect interactive exhibits and multimedia experiences to help bring history to life. There will even be an Augmented Reality (AR) experience to help visitors learn about the archaeology, history, and science behind the discovery.
In addition to the ten terracotta warriors there will also be 164 objects on display that are associated with the warriors including weapons, golden ornaments and bronze chariot reproductions.
Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor opens September 30, 2017 and will run until March 4, 2018.
Daytime tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for children 3-11. Daytime tickets include general admission to the Franklin Institute. Special evening tickets are available for Thursday- Saturday nights from 5 pm –9pm for $20 and $15 respectively. Evening tickets do not include general admission to the Institute. Admission for members of the Franklin Institute is $10, day or evening.
Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor
Franklin Institute, 271 North 21st Street
September 30, 2017 – March 4, 2018
Tickets are available now