PacSci Perspectives

World Premiere Of Terracotta Warriors Of The First Emperor

by | Apr 7, 2017

The highly anticipated exhibit opens April 8 at Pacific Science Center

SEATTLE, WA– (April 6, 2017) –Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor opens April 8 at Pacific Science Center for the World Premiere of this limited engagement.

Unexpectedly unearthed over 40 years ago east of Xi’an, the terracotta army is one of the greatest archeological discoveries of our time. The army, created 2,200 years ago and consisting of 6,000 life-sized soldiers, horses, chariots, bowmen and archers, all stand guard of the tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang in a 20-square-mile burial compound.

Pacific Science Center is proud to present Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor in collaboration with The Franklin Institute of Philadelphia. Built from the ground-up by the two organizations, the exhibition includes 10 original life-size statues and features over 100 original objects and artifacts from the first imperial dynasty of China, on loan from the People’s Republic of China.

While terracotta warriors have been displayed around the world, Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor offers a unique experience with its focus on the science and technology surrounding the burial and the artifacts. This is the first time guests have the opportunity to see original objects while also engaging in hands-on science learning through a series of interactive and immersive experiences. Multimedia and interactive elements throughout the exhibit compliment the artifacts to tell the overarching story of how a young prince conquered all known enemies, formed the empire of China, advanced its civilization, and prepared an unrivaled burial site at just 13 years old.

“This exhibition is one-of-a-kind because it features not only the spectacular Terracotta Warriors, but also the fascinating science and technology behind them. There are still so many unanswered questions about the Terracotta Warriors. Science is all about curiosity, discovery, and asking questions. We encourage people to ask questions, develop hypotheses, conduct experiments, and evaluate evidence in all aspects of their lives. This experience will ignite curiosity and fuel a passion for discovery,” said Will Daugherty, President and CEO of Pacific Science Center.

The honorary co-chairs of Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor are The Honorable Gary Locke, former Governor of Washington, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and U.S. Ambassador to China, and Mona Lee Locke, communications executive, former journalist and former First Lady of Washington state. Our guest curator of the exhibit is Dr. Lisa C. Niziolek, curator at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Pricing includes general admission to Pacific Science Center’s exhibits and is as follows:

Adults: $34.75
Seniors (65+): $32.75
Youth (6-15): $29.75
Child (3-5): $26.75
Members (all ages): $12

Discounted tickets for Pacific Science Center Members and groups of 10 or more are available. Groups interested in purchasing tickets can call (206) 443-3611. The exhibition runs through September 4, 2017.

Complete your Terracotta Warriors experience with the IMAX® documentary Mysteries of China, open now. Mysteries of China captures one of the great archaeological events in modern times, telling the story of ancient China, the first Emperor, and the literal foundation of the China we know today. Journey to the beginnings of this mighty nation, experience the ancient time of a warring nation and discover how an accidental discovery made by farmers digging a well in 1974 in Xi’an, lead to the greatest archaeological finds the world has ever discovered: the Terracotta Warriors and the Tomb of the First Emperor. Explore how the Terracotta Warriors offer a unique time capsule into the past, revealing secrets about the founding of China.

This exhibition was organized by Pacific Science Center, Seattle and The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, The United States Of America and the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau and Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre, People’s Republic of China.

Local Major Sponsors: Visit Seattle and Office of Arts & Culture
Additional support provided by Alaska Airlines and The Boeing Company
Media Sponsors: KOMO 4 and Seattle Refined

Contact: Delaney Berreth
PR & Marketing Coordinator 
(206) 443-3659;

Pacific Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit institution in Seattle. The institution’s mission is to ignite curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Pacific Science Center’s award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year – in their communities, classrooms, and on the Pacific Science Center campus and at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark.