Take a journey through one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history—and explore the enduring mysteries that remain hidden within its depths.
In 1974, a farmer in China was digging a well when he struck upon fragments of terracotta. Unbeknownst to him, the farmer had uncovered one of the most monumental achievements in human history. Buried beneath the surface of the land were thousands of life-sized statues, constructed over 2,000 years ago—silently and steadfastly guarding the tomb of their master: China’s first emperor.
In the years since their discovery, archaeologists have excavated and researched these warriors—exploring their intricacies, uncovering their histories, and unraveling the secrets that have lain beneath our feet since 210 BCE. Yet, questions remain about the elaborate tomb, shrouding the warriors in mystery and calling scientists to continue to explore.
Now, these warriors—symbols of the astounding achievements of mankind and the incredible history of the human race—come to The Franklin Institute for the only east coast engagement of a two-city exhibit tour. Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor takes a unique journey through the story, culture, craft, and science of the figures that promises to awe and inspire.
Unprecedented in its focus on the science and technology used to build, bury, and excavate the Terracotta Army, this brand new exhibit features ten terracotta figures from the burial complex, as well as more than 160 artifacts including weapons, jade pieces, gold ornaments, bronze bells, ceremonial vessels, coins, and architectural pieces of the time. Multimedia and interactive elements complement the artifacts to further engage visitors in hands-on STEM learning aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Don’t miss this unforgettable opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonders that are the Terracotta Warriors.
When to visit:
The best time to visit is a weekday afternoon or on a weekend. Weekday mornings are busier due to field trips. Make your reservation today so that you have an opportunity to experience this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.
Before Your Visit:
Download the free Terracotta Warriors Exhibition Augmented Reality (AR) mobile app to experience AR inside the exhibit.
Find out more about Terracotta Warriors AR here.