World of the Warriors: travels with Qin Qin

Schools programme for China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition

illustration of a Chinese child in traditional clothes

Book your school visit

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 the dates shown below.

School groups can also book visits outside the school programme but please be aware that the gallery will be used by the general public and charges will differ. This will not include a school lunchroom booking.

On these dates schools may visit the exhibition alone or book the World of the Warriors 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. 

These dates are available:

  • 5, 12, 19 June

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.

Gallery trail

You can book this free trail at the time of booking your exhibition entry, or alternatively you may wish to download and print off the trail prior to your visit. Please note that we do not supply pencils for use with trails or activities so we advise schools to bring your own.

World of the Warriors 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 and  Rise of the Warriors for key stage 2 pupils are both available on:

  • 22 May
  • 5, 12, 19, 20 June

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:

  • 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 May
  • 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 June

Further dates will be released when these are booked.

Teacher resources

These downloadable pdfs provide accessible background information about the terracotta warriors to help prepare students. They include creative, inspiring and fun ideas for lessons and curriculum based activities for follow up work in school after your trip.

You need to download separate audio files to accompany activities 3 and 6, which are also available below. Alternatively you can download versions of activities 3 and 6 with the audio embedded, but please be aware that these are extremely large pdfs.

Please note that we do not supply pencils for use with trails or activities so we advise schools to bring your own.

Audio files

Download the following music to accompany activities 3 and 6.

Alternative resources with audio embedded

You may prefer to download these versions of activities 3 and 6 with embedded sound files. Please note that these are very large pdfs. 

Teachers' briefing  

Tuesday 15 May, 4.30-6pm at World Museum

Teachers are warmly invited to a briefing about the World of the Warriors programme and to attend a walk through of the exhibition itself. Teachers can meet members of World Museum's education team to find out about the resources and programme.

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.

Visiting the exhibition with your college

Colleges are welcome  to visit to the China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at 9.30am, 9.45am or 10am on the dates below, when only other educational groups are visiting. 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 three tutors. 

These dates are available: 

  • 5, 12, 19 June

Due to high demand for this world class exhibition, please ensure that you are punctual because the museum needs to adhere rigidly to confirmed booking times.

Book your visit here.

Please note that groups of 10 or more people may also book a visit through our Terracotta Warriors ticket office on alternative dates and times to those listed above. However, charges will differ and the exhibition will also be in use by the general public on other dates. Please complete a Terracotta Warriors group bookings request form if your group would like to visit on a different date and time to thise listed above.

detail of terracotta warrior's face

Image courtesy of Mr Ziyu Qiu