Friday, April 7, 2017

REVIEW: Terracotta Warriors Invade Seattle This Weekend

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at the PSS
Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor on display at Pacific Science Center (Photo: Jeff Totey)


The Pacific Science is the first stop of a brand new traveling, Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor which uncovers a secret that had been hidden from the world for over 2,000 years.

The story goes something like this: Not that long ago, a small group of farmers in China were digging a well when they discovered an ancient artifact. They weren’t sure if it was the head of a Buddha (where they might have opened up a curse) or that it was some relic that they could get some money for at the local market. When they dug around some more, they discovered that the head belonged to a much larger statue; a six-foot-tall soldier made out of clay. Soon, more were found and archaeologists were called who began to discover that there were 6,000 of these guys buried in the dirt along with horses, chariots and more.

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at the PSS

It is believed that these creations were made to protect China’s first ruler, Qin Shi Huang, in the afterlife. Beginning on Saturday, April 8, some of these incredible creations are now on display at the Pacific Science Center through September 4, 2017 along with many other artifacts. The event pairs well with the currently playing IMAX film, Mysteries of China, which is totally worth seeing to complete the experience. As with all IMAX films, the 45-minute long film was beautifully shot creating a “you are here” type of feel. In addition to showing scenes of modern china and the sea of unearth terracotta warriors, Mysteries of China also dramatizes some of the history of finding this form of buried treasure and reenacts part of Qin Shi Huang’s life as a ruler.

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at the PSSThe displays and interactive portions of the Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor are impressive and beautifully arranged, but will probably appeal mostly to hardcore history buffs and unless their children have a love for history as well, they will probably be bored.

Tickets for the Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibit (which includes admission to the rest of Pacific Science Center’s exhibits) are $34.75 for adults, $32.75 for seniors age 65 and older, $29.75 for youth (6-15) and $26.75 for children (3-5). Members of PSS can get in for $12 each.

The Pacific Science Center is located on the Seattle Center campus at 200 2nd Ave. N., Seattle 98109. For more information, visit the PSS website or call (206) 443-2001.