China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors

World Museum

9 February – 28 October 2018

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Explore 1,000 years of Chinese history through objects and artefacts relating to one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries.

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For more than 2,000 years, an underground army of life-size 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.

This exhibition traces Qin Shi Huang’s rise to power and explores his quest for immortality, revealing the social, political and cultural transformations that, along with his terracotta army, remain enduring symbols of the First Emperor’s legacy. The story of the Han Dynasty’s golden age is also told through exquisite objects from royal burial site.

It includes 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 shed light on the pursuit of immortality in ancient China, and help us to understand more about everyday life in China more than 2000 years ago.

The exhibition forms part of Liverpool’s 2018 celebrations marking 10 years since the city held the title of European Capital of Culture 2008.

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Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm Closed 24, 25, 26 & 31 Dec and 1 Jan

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