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Where EAST meets the Northwest

TERRACOTTA WARRIORS OF THE FIRST EMPEROR. The Pacific Science Center is currently featuring "Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor," an exhibit of 10 life-size statues and more than 100 original objects and artifacts from the first imperial dynasty of China, on loan from the People’s Republic of China. (Photo courtesy of the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Center)

From The Asian Reporter, V27, #13 (July 3, 2017), page 11.

Pacific Science Center in Seattle features "Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor" exhibit

The Pacific Science Center is currently featuring "Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor," an exhibit of 10 life-size statues and more than 100 original objects and artifacts from the first imperial dynasty of China, on loan from the People’s Republic of China. The Pacific Science Center is presenting the exhibit in collaboration with The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Unexpectedly unearthed more than 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, consisted of 6,000 life-sized soldiers, horses, chariots, bowmen, and archers all standing guard at the tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang in a 20-square-mile burial compound.

While terracotta warriors have been displayed around the world, "Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor" offers a unique experience with a focus on the science and technology surrounding the burial and the artifacts. Visitors have an 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 display complement 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 unrivalled 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," said Will Daugherty, president and CEO of the Pacific Science Center. "There are still so many unanswered questions about the Terracotta Warriors. Science is all about curiosity, discovery, and asking questions. This experience will ignite curiosity and fuel a passion for discovery."

"Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor" is on view through September 4 at the Pacific Science Center, located at 200 Second Avenue North in Seattle. To learn more, call (206) 443-2001 or visit <www.pacificsciencecenter.org>.

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