Opening this fall, The Franklin Institute’s dramatic Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibition reveals the secrets behind the 2,000-year-old army of clay statues that guarded the tomb of China’s first emperor until their discovery in 1974.
- Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor runs from September 30, 2017 to March 4, 2018.
- Philadelphia is the only East Coast stop for this massive exhibition.
- The exhibition features 10 life-size Terracotta Warriors and 170-plus other artifacts.
- Tickets are now available.
The Franklin Institute is the only East Coast stop for this monumental exhibition, which sheds light on the science, culture and craft of the stoic, silent guards.
The exhibition was developed by The Franklin Institute and the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Philadelphia and Seattle are the only stops on this exhibition’s two-city tour.
Ten life-size clay structures from the burial complex of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, will be on view in Philadelphia for the first time in 30 years.
The sculptures were discovered in 1974 by a farmer who found terracotta fragments buried underground. The Terracotta Warriors, hailing from about 210 BCE, were found largely intact “guarding” the tomb of China’s first emperor.
The historic sculptures are individually displayed in the exhibition and include a general, an armored officer, a kneeling archer, a saddled horse and a kneeling musician.
In addition to the 10 life-size clay structures, more than 170 other artifacts from a number of dynasties — re-Qin, Qin and Han — will be on view throughout the 16,000-square-foot exhibition. Artifacts include weapons, jade pieces, ceremonial vessels, gold ornaments, an ornate bronze chariot replicas and more hailing from thousands of years ago.
Science and Technology
The exhibition explores how science, technology and innovation impacted the discovery and excavation of the clay structures and the important role science played in the construction of the statues.
Terracotta Warriors uses exciting multimedia technology and hands-on activities to teach guests about the excavation site, the archaeological findings and the development of a unified China.
Science and technology also take the forefront in this exhibition as the museum employs the use of augmented reality, which will help visitors learn more closely about history, archaeology and science in the world of discovery and preservation.
Inside of The Franklin Institute’s Tuttleman IMAX Theater, Mysteries of China will play to complement the exhibition.
How To Get Tickets
Note that access to this exhibition is not included in the price of general admission to the museum.
Tickets to Terracotta Warriors for non-member adults are $35 per person and tickets for non-member children (ages 3-11) are $30 per person. The special exhibition tickets include admission to the museum.
Evening admission is also available for guests of this exhibition. Evening admission is discounted — $20 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-11) — and does not include general admission to the museum.
Admission to Terracotta Warriors is $10 for members of The Franklin Institute during both daytime and evening hours. Tickets are available online. An audio tour is available for an additional $6 per person.
The exhibition opens on September 30, 2017 and runs through March 4, 2018.
Stay tuned for more on this exciting peek into ancient history!