Rare and priceless Terra Cotta Warriors, buried for centuries in China, recently settled comfortably into the world’s largest children’s museum following years of planning and preparation by curators on both sides of the ocean. Now, it is time to call members of this army to attention in the only place they will be seen in the United States in 2014, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army, directly from Shaanxi Province explores the science behind this vast tomb complex with its estimated 8,000 life-size clay soldiers and other ancient artifacts believed to have been ordered built by China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, to protect him in the after-life.
This “Eighth Wonder of the World” as many call it, was discovered in 1974 by farmers digging a well. Since then, very few of the Terra Cotta Warriors have been released from China at any one time. Eight of the magnificent soldiers, along with 118 additional other authentic artifacts (some gold and bronze) are featured in this interactive exhibit that encourages visitors of all ages to become investigators.
Scientists are confident Emperor Qin’s underground statues were originally vibrantly painted but as they are unearthed, the colors vanish before the eyes of the archaeologists. Children and families will learn what causes the paint disintegration, and what new technology is used to preserve it. The engaging exhibit runs from May 10, 2014 through November 2, 2014. Learning more about Chinese culture, tradition and modern living is what visitors can expect when they explore Take Me There:® China.
In one of the largest exhibits about contemporary China ever produced in the U.S., visitors will “fly” over the Great Wall of China, “land” in Beijing and embark on a journey through modern life in the world’s fastest-growing nation.
Visitors will explore daily life and the celebrations of Chinese families through art, music, food, tea culture, calligraphy, ancient Chinese medicine, and the preservation of giant pandas.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis makes a great daytrip and is located at 3000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN. For hours, prices and more information visit http://www.childrensmuseum.org/