China's First Emperor

and the Terracotta Warriors
February - October 2018
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About this exhibition

Taking place in 2018, this exhibition will be the first time in more than 10 years that these spectacular warriors from the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, have been brought to the UK.

Running for almost 9 months from February to October 2018, visitors to World Museum will be given a glimpse into the extraordinary story of Qin Shihuangdi, the First Emperor of China. His vast burial site and tomb complex was discovered near Xi’an in North West China in 1974, and the story of the tomb’s Terracotta Warriors will be displayed alongside important artefacts and research relating to the formative years of the Chinese nation.

This exhibition will be unprecedented in the UK, spanning almost 1,000 years of China’s history. It is set to include a number of objects that have never been on show in this country before including material from museums and institutes from across Shaanxi Province, excavated over the last 40 years from the Imperial Mausoleum and selected tombs.

These spectacular artefacts dating from 8th century BC to the 2nd century AD, along with remarkable recent archaeological discoveries, not only shed light on the pursuit of immortality and how China’s Emperors prepared for the afterlife, but also help us to understand more about everyday life in China more than two thousand years ago.

World Museum’s Terracotta Warriors exhibition will be a major part of Liverpool’s 2018 celebrations, marking 10 years since the city held the title of European Capital of Culture 2008.

Group bookings

If you would like bring a group of more than 10 people to our exhibition, please fill in a group booking request form. For smaller groups or individual booking enquiries, please sign up to our exhibitions and events e-newsletter for updates. 


We will be running an exciting new schools programme to coincide with our Terracotta Warriors exhibition, featuring brand new education sessions. Please sign up to our exhibitions and events e-newsletter to be the first to hear any updates.



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"The terracotta army represents one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century, and I am delighted that a selection of the warriors will be coming to Liverpool"
Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport