Mom and I were fortunate during my last visit to Indianapolis to attend opening day for the Terra Cotta Warriors at the Children’s Museum. This exhibit was particularly meaningful for Mom and I as we visited Xian (where the tombs were discovered) during our very first visit to China in 2006!
Local farmers digging a well discovered the first terracotta pieces in 1974 and since then, over 600 pits have been unearthed across a 22-square-mile area. Three major pits are open to the public and it’s estimated that over 8,000 soldiers were sculpted to protect China’s fist Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, in the afterlife (he clearly must have been one bad dude to need so many soldiers!). An airplane-style hangar was built over the three accessible tombs to protect the soldiers from the elements and let workers begin restoration work:
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis hosts the only US appearance by the warriors in 2014. They have over 100 artifacts including full-size sculptures:
If you get the chance, definitely check out the exhibit!!!