China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors

9 February – 28 October 2018

For over 2,000 years, an underground army of life-sized terracotta warriors secretly guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, until a chance discovery in 1974 unlocked the mysteries of a vanished empire.

Showcasing objects from one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, this exhibition at the World Museum, Liverpool, spans almost 1,000 years of Chinese history; from the conflicts and chaos of the Warring States period, to the achievements and legacy of the Qin and Han dynasties.

The exhibition will include a number of objects that have never been on show in the UK before including material from museums and institutes from across Shaanxi Province, excavated over the last 40 years from the Imperial Mausoleum and selected tombs. These spectacular artefacts will shed light on the Emperor’s pursuit of immortality and show how he prepared for the afterlife, as well as help us to understand more about everyday life in China more than two thousand years ago.

This exhibition was organised by National Museums Liverpool, United Kingdom and the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau and Shaanxi History Museum (Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre), People’s Republic of China.

The exhibition will be a major part of Liverpool’s 2018 celebrations and the city will be embracing its Far East links during the exhibition’s run, with a special China Dream season.

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Further information:
  • Location  World Museum,  William Brown Street,  Liverpool L3 8EN
  • Cost   £14.50 for adults; £13.00 for concessions; £5.50 for children aged between 6 and 17 years; free for children aged 5 years and under
  • How to get there By train: Liverpool Lime Street – Wirral and national services; Moorfields station – Northern line services (Southport – Hunts Cross); Liverpool Central – Wirral and Northern line services. By car: there is pay and display parking outside the museum on William Brown Street and behind the museum on Hunter Street; the nearest other car park is at Queen Square. By bus: nearest bus stations are Queens Square bus station and Liverpool One bus station
  • Opening hours 10 am – 5 pm daily; exhibition is open 10.00 am – 7.00 pm on Saturdays in March and April
  • Further information 0151 478 4393