China's First Emperor

and the Terracotta Warriors
9 February - 28 October 2018
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About this exhibition

For over 2,000 years, an underground army of life-sized terracotta warriors secretly guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, until a chance discovery in 1974 unlocked the mysteries of a vanished empire.


Showcasing objects from one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, this unmissable exhibition spans almost 1,000 years of Chinese history; from the conflicts and chaos of the Warring States period, to the achievements and legacy of the Qin and Han dynasties. 

The exhibition will include a number of objects that have never been on show in the UK 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 will shed light on the Emperor's pursuit of immortality and show how he prepared for the afterlife, as well as help us to understand more about everyday life in China more than two thousand years ago.

This exhibition was organised by National Museums Liverpool, United Kingdom and the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau and Shaanxi History Museum (Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre), People’s Republic of China.

This exhibition will be a major part of Liverpool’s 2018 celebrations and the city will be embracing its Far East links during the exhibition’s run, with a special China Dream season.

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We will be running an exciting new schools programme to coincide with our Terracotta Warriors exhibition, featuring brand new education sessions. Bookings are available now


For general group bookings of 10 or more, please fill our our group bookings request form.

Special events

Our award-winning events team are delighted to offer guests the opportunity to visit this blockbuster exhibition during special after-hours events. Starting from £65pp, tickets include a drinks reception on arrival, a three-course dinner, after-hours entry into the exhibition and unique talks from curators and special guests. Find out more.

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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


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