The Terracotta Warriors Invade The Franklin Institute In Philadelphia!

Terracotta Warriors Exhibit At The Franklin Institute

‘Exhibit Features 10 Life-Size Terracotta Warriors!’ 

Here is your chance to dive into the secrets behind the 2,000 year-old army of clay statues that guarded the tomb of China’s first emperor. This was all discovered in 1974.

Philadelphia is the only east coast city to host the Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibit, which is held at The Franklin Institute until March 4! Seattle is the only other stop in the United States.

This exhibit was developed by The Franklin Institute in collaboration and partnership with the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA.

Terracotta Warriors Atmosphere & Experience

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor features 10 original clay statues and over 140 artifacts from the tomb of China’s first emperor China’s First Emperor Qin Shihuangdi. Such artifacts include weapons, jade pieces, bronze bells, ceremonial vessels, gold ornaments, coins, architectural pieces, and ornate bronze chariot replicas.

The sculptures were discovered in 1974 by a farmer who found Terracotta fragments buried underground. The Terracotta Warriors, hailing from about 210 BCE, were found largely intact “guarding” the tomb of China’s first emperor.

Explore a reproduction of the burial chamber, where ranks of Terracotta soldiers safeguarded the royal resting place, and the archaeological site, where scientific advances continue.

Ten terracotta figures from the burial complex are individually displayed in the exhibition: a general, an armored officer, a kneeling archer, a standing archer, an armored soldier, a cavalryman, a saddled horse, a charioteer, a civil official, and a kneeling musician.

Interactives - Unique interactive experiences examine the ways science has helped researchers better understand the history and original condition of the warriors. 

Activities - Visitors engage in hands on activities examining the original process of building thousands of unique warriors with clay and bronze over two thousand years ago.


Terracotta Warriors uses exciting multimedia technology and hands-on activities to teach guests about the excavation site, the archaeological findings and the development of a unified China.

Be sure to download the exhibition’s AR app to fully reveal the story of the warriors’ creation.

The app’s augmented reality technology allows you to interact with the sculptures and the weapons the clay warriors once wielded.

Inside of The Franklin Institute’s Tuttleman IMAX Theater, Mysteries of China will play to complement the exhibition.


The Franklin Institute 
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


September 30, 2017 – March 4, 2018


Daytime (Sunday – Saturday) 9:30 am – 5:00 pm  |  Last Entry Sunday – Wednesday is at 3:30 pm
Evening (Thursday – Saturday Only) 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Daytime  |  Adults $35  |  Children (3-11) $30

Evening  |  Adults $20  |  Children (3-11) $15

There are member, VIP & groups tickets available. For tickets, click here.


(215) 448-1200

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Photos Courtesy of The Franklin Institute

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