China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors

detail of terracotta warrior's face

Image courtesy of Mr Ziyu Qiu

True Colours primary schools programme

From February to October 2018 schools can visit the blockbuster exhibition China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors at World Museum featuring the spectacular terracotta warriors from the tomb of China’s First Emperor (221-210 BC), which were created more than 2,000 years ago.

This is a unique once in a life time opportunity for your class to experience the treasures of ancient China. We want younger visitors to be as excited about the exhibition as we are and we have a specially created programme. 

Available schools days

Schools have exclusive use of the China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at a special reduced rate, at times before the general public gains, access on dates between 21 February and 2 May, as shown below.

On these dates schools may visit the exhibition alone or book the True Colours primary school special offer. Further dates will be released when these are booked.

A trail will be available for use by key stages 1 and 2 students in the exhibition and needs to be requested at the time of booking. Please add your trail requirements to the 'Any questions or comments' section of the booking request form.

Visiting the exhibition with your school

The best times to visit the China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition, when it will be quietest, are early mornings, with bookings at 9.30am, 9.45am and to 10am. These are the only times when it is possible for schools to book an exhibition-only visit, without an accompanying workshop. Please note that your exhibition visit must be booked in advance.

Cost £70 (including VAT) per class of 30 students and a total of up to five teachers or adult helpers. 

Due to high demand for school visits to this world class exhibition, please ensure that you are punctual. To ensure that all our schools get the very best from their visit, the museum needs to adhere rigidly to confirmed booking times.

Book your visit here.

True Colours primary school special offer 

Your school can participate in an exciting specially developed education programme which also includes exhibition entry at a discounted rate. This offer includes a visit to the China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition for your class (£70 including VAT) plus one of the two sessions below (also £70 including VAT). Due to heavy demand each class of 30 can only participate in one or other of the two options below.

Rise of the Warriors (key stages 1 and 2), 30 minutes, £140 (including VAT) - £70 for the session and £70 to see the exhibition. This workshop can be booked now on the following dates:

Rise of the Warriors for key stage 1 pupils is available on:

  • 11, 18, 25 April

Rise of the Warriors for key stage 2 pupils is available on:

  • 21, 28 February
  • 7, 14, 21 March
  • 2 May

The Tiger of Qin - archaeology workshop (key stage 2), 45 minutes £140 (including VAT) - £70 for the session and £70 to see the exhibition. This workshop can be booked now on the following dates:

  • 21, 28 February
  • 7, 14, 21 March
  • 11, 18, 25 April
  • 2 May

Further dates will be released when these are booked.

Teacher resources

Resources, which will be available on this website, are being prepared for teachers to provide accessible background information about the terracotta warriors to help prepare students. They will include creative, inspiring and fun ideas for lessons. Resources will also include curriculum based activities for follow up work in school after your trip.

Terracotta Warriors schools trail

A trail will be available for use by key stages 1 and 2 students in the exhibition and needs to be requested at the time of booking. 

Teachers'  briefing  

Wednesday 17 January, 4.30-6pm at World Museum

Teachers are warmly invited to a briefing about the True Colours programme before the exhibition opens. Teachers can meet members of World Museum's education team to find out about the resources and programme. 

The exhibition will be under construction so is not accessible during the briefing but we strongly recommend this free evening to help you make the most of your trip. Light refreshments will be available. Please email penny.arque@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk to book your place at the briefing.

Terracotta Toddlers early years offer

Terracotta Toddlers is designed especially for children aged 2-4 years old and their grown up. The 45 minute workshop includes a dough disco, an up close encounter with a real terracotta warrior, and a clay workshop. This session will develop their gross and fine motor skills as well as creativity.

Young participants can take away their clay creations. Sessions include a worksheet with information and ideas for using clay at home.

Cost £6 for a 2-4 year old and one adult carer. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Details of how to book will be available soon.

Available 10.15-11am on the following dates:

  • 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 April

More dates will be available in the summer.

When attending this workshop please bring your ticket to the information desk in World Museum’s atrium.