Te Papa to exhibit 2,300 year old Terracotta Warriors this summer

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Headline: Te Papa to exhibit 2,300 year old Terracotta Warriors this summer

China’s ancient treasures, the 2,300 year old terracotta warriors, are coming to Te Papa this summer. Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality will open 15 December 2018 and run until 22 April 2019.

Te Papa has developed the $2.6 million landmark exhibition with support of up to $500,000 from the Major Events Development Fund, administered by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality at Te Papa. Image sourced from Te Papa.

Geraint Martin, Te Papa’s Chief Executive, is delighted that New Zealanders will get this rare opportunity to see these unique imperial icons at the national museum.

“We’ve created this exhibition to bring the internationally acclaimed terracotta army to New Zealand, treasures that many wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to see,” says Geraint Martin.

The exhibition features eight warriors standing 180 centimetres high, and two full-sized horses from the famous terracotta army, as well as two half-size replica bronze chariots, each drawn by four horses.

“Based on our latest audience research we estimate that 100,000 people will take this special opportunity to see the authentic terracotta warriors in person, generating an estimated $33 million economic benefit to Wellington,” says Geraint Martin.

With 2019 being the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism, this exhibition provides a foundation stone of New Zealand’s exciting tourism programme.

In addition to the Major Events Development Fund investment from MBIE, Te Papa also acknowledges the support of Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, Shaanxi History Museum (Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Center), Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, Manatū Taonga the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, Wellington City Council,

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, and a number of partners who are working with Te Papa towards supporting this momentous cultural exchange between New Zealand and China.

Tickets to Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibitions will be on sale from 1 October (adult $19.50, child 3-15 years $9, concession $17). To register for presales or for more information please see tepapa.nz/terracottawarriors.