Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit coming to Children’s Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Call it a chance of a lifetime. Instead of having to go to China to see part of a 2,000-year-old Wonder of the World, you’ll be able to view it in Indianapolis.

First discovered in 1974 by a farmer digging for water in a field in the Shaanxi province in China, the Terra Cotta Warrior site is a specially protected tourist destination.

“It’s one of those incredible, incredible archeological finds,” says Dr. Jeffrey Patchen, the President and CEO of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Patchen explains that in 210 BC, China’s first emperor, a 13-year-old boy, ordered an estimated 8,000 warriors built, done so in almost an assembly line fashion.

“They were designed as a full army to protect or preserve him in the afterlife,” says Patchen.

While the bodies are uniform, the faces are all different. Visitors will get to see them close up for themselves.

“They’re going to see eight warriors and 100 other objects from that same time period,” says Patchen.

The Chinese Government controls all exhibits of the warriors, and representatives have been a part of approving and installing the exhibit. An exhibit that will have a special emphasis not seen before.

“This is significant because this is the first exhibit that’s really focused on the paint. And how they were painted,” says Patchen.

It turns out the Terra Cotta Warriors, made of clay, were actually painted in bright colors. Colors lost after centuries of being buried.

“So you’ll see some computer generated images in there, based on the paint, on what the entire army might have looked like fully painted,” Patchen says.

The Indianapolis Terra Cotta Warrior exhibit is the first time the Chinese Government is allowing a children’s museum to show them. The first venue aimed specifically at families and kids.

It opens May 10 and runs until November 2. You can go to the museum website and buy a timed admission for a specific day.

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