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The Children’s Museum Opens Two Major New Exhibits:

Terra Cotta Warriors and

Take Me There:® China

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China’s Terra CottaWarriors to Make Exclusive U.S. Appearance in Indianapolis One of History’s Greatest Undertakings

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he world is filled with mysterious ancient sites— the pyramids of Egypt, the massive slabs of Stonehenge, the mystical remains of Machu Picchu in Peru, the giant stone heads of Easter Island. But in terms of ambition and artistry, none surpass China’s Terra Cotta Warriors. Guardians of an elaborate underground burial complex constructed more than 2,200 years ago, the Terra Cotta Warriors are the vanguard of one of history’s most audacious undertakings—the creation of a life-size army of an estimated 8,000 clay soldiers, each one unique, who stand watch over the unexcavated tomb of China’s first emperor. For 2,200 years they were a secret, lying buried in pits beneath the earth until their accidental discovery in 1974. Quickly recognized as one of the most important archaeological To date, more than 2,000 Terra Cotta Warriors have been excavated in the pits near Xi’an, China. discoveries of all time, the Terra Cotta Warriors stunned the world. They represent one-quarter of the Though Chinese officials allow very The Staggering Discovery estimated 8,000 Terra Cotta Warriors Now they are the focus of the exhibit few of the precious warriors to leave The first of the warriors’ many that scholars believe were created Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s the country at any one time, Terra mysteries was their origin. to guard the tomb of China’s first Painted Army, directly from China’s Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted farmers of a group 1974, March In emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi. Shaanxi Province, which will be Army will feature eight of the worldcountryside the in a well digging was will be featured exclusively at The A Bid for Immortality famous figures along with 100 other about 22 miles east of the town of Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Originally known as Zhao Zheng, ancient artifacts including precious Xi’an in China’s Shaanxi Province. from May 10 through Nov. 2. It will the future first emperor of China gold objects and bronze weapons Suddenly one man’s shovel hit be the only U.S. appearance of the ascended to the throne of the ancient carried by the warriors. something hard beneath the soil. warriors in 2014. kingdom of Qin in 246 BC. He was It was a fragment of a clay figure. just 13 years old. From 230 to 222 Quickly recognized as one of Chinese archaeologists were quickly BC, he waged military campaigns notified of the find, which was the that ended more than 250 years the most important archaeological first of 2,000 warrior figures to be of constant warfare among seven discoveries of all time, the Terra uncovered over the next 40 years. separate kingdoms, ultimately Cotta Warriors stunned the world. uniting them under a single banner— his own. He then gave himself the


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name Qin Shi Huangdi, or first emperor of Qin. Pronounced “chin,” “Qin” is the forerunner of the word “China.” Soon after taking the throne, he ordered construction of a vast and splendid subterranean tomb complex intended to be his immortal home. While his tomb remains untouched—a mystery yet to be uncovered—an ancient Chinese text offers a possible tale of its grandeur: rivers of flowing mercury, palace replicas, and the re-creation of Xianyang, the capital where the emperor lived.

Unique and Colorful

While each of the Terra Cotta Warriors has a unique face, the exhibit focuses on how each was also painted in brilliant colors derived from ground minerals. Preserving the colors is another mystery the exhibit explores. Problems arose early in the excavation process. Within minutes of exposure to air, the colors on uncovered figures flaked away. In recent years, scientists have developed techniques that allow them to preserve the delicate pigments on newly excavated figures. While few examples of what the warriors originally looked like remain among the 2,000 warriors recovered so far, the exhibit will feature the head of one figure with a significant amount of the paint still apparent (though faded), offering visitors an extremely rare opportunity to see a painted warrior outside of China.

Paint preservation wasn’t the only mystery confronting the crews working at the Xi’an dig site. Nearly all of the Terra Cotta Warriors have been found in pieces, forcing archaeologists to work like forensic detectives. They sift through the soil looking for clues and reassemble the figures like thousands of life-size puzzles. In addition to the warriors, careful excavation of the site has unearthed chariots and life-size clay horses. Archaeologists also have uncovered nearby sites containing sculptures of bronze as well as figures of civil officials, musicians, and acrobats. Like the warriors, they were all painted. Examples will be included in the exhibit.

The Exhibit

The exhibit will offer visitors a look at how scientists, archaeologists, artists, and historians have worked together to try to solve some of the mysteries surrounding the warriors. “We study these artifacts so we can imagine what they looked like when they were brand new,” says Charity Counts, associate vice president of exhibits at The Children’s Museum. Taking a multimedia approach, the exhibit examines the creation, discovery, and recovery of the warriors and other artifacts as well as the work being done on site. In addition to examining more than

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100 extraordinary artifacts, the family-friendly exhibit will invite visitors to try hands-on interactive activities including mapping paint patterns, molding and sculpting warriors, and virtually painting a warrior general.

An Exclusive Engagement

“Institutions around the world regularly ask to exhibit the Terra Cotta Warriors,” said Dr. Jeffrey Patchen, president and CEO of The Children’s Museum, “so having the chance to be the only one in the U.S. to show them this year is an extraordinary opportunity. This will be the first time they’ll be displayed in a children’s museum.”

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Five Fast Facts 1. China’s first emperor built himself a tomb complex that encompasses 20 square miles. 2. Construction of the tomb began when the future emperor was only age 13. 3. It took more than 700,000 laborers to construct the Terra Cotta Army and tomb complex. 4. Experts estimate that there are more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots, and 670 horses. 5. It took an estimated 40 years to finish the army.

Forty years after the first warrior’s discovery, researchers continue to excavate, study, and explore the site. There remains much more to learn, and research will continue many decades into the future. Undoubtedly there will be many more mysteries to solve. Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army, directly from China’s Shaanxi Province is presented by Eli Lilly and Company Foundation.

Opens May 10 at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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Inside theTerra CottaWarriors Exhibit! At the site, the Terra Cotta Warriors stand at attention in vast pits.

The exhibit features eight warriors among 100 ancient artifacts including several ceramic vessels.

Precious gold artifacts are showcased, such as this ceremonial gold and iron sword.

The exhibit includes a re-creation of the site’s Water Garden, where bronze swans and geese were discovered.

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The exhibit explores how technology is helping us envision the original brilliant colors of the Terra Cotta Warriors.

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This gold animal mask hints at the splendor of ancient China. This ceremonial he, or kettle, may have been used for absolutions.

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Take MeThere: China to Debut atThe Children’s Museum Ní hăo! It’s time to learn to say “hello” in Mandarin—China is coming to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in the new exhibit Take Me There:® China, starting May 10! Opening in tandem with China’s Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army, Take Me There: China will be the second in the museum’s series exploring modern life in a single world culture. The series began with Take Me There: Egypt, which ran from 2009 to 2013; the Take Me There gallery is scheduled to change cultures approximately every four years.

An Authentic Experience

Over the past several years, the museum has sent teams of people to China to study customs, culture, and modern society and also to collect artifacts and shoot photos and video. The result is an immersive exhibit that offers an experience of modern

China with its time-honored traditions and modern innovations. To explore changes affecting Chinese society the museum worked with a single family, said Charity Counts, the museum’s associate vice president of exhibits. An 11-yearold boy named Jackie serves as a guide on a journey from his greatgrandmother’s traditional rural home to his grandparents’ newer suburban home to his parents’ modern urban apartment. “It’s a chance to see how family life and living circumstances have changed as Chinese society has changed over the course of four generations,” said Counts. To examine environmental issues facing China, the museum turned to pandas, the country’s most enduring and endearing symbol. Visitors will find a re-creation of the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, home to China’s panda conservation efforts. Children and families can also explore a tea house, marketplace, calligraphy shop, food market, and much more.

For more details, turn the page and see “Inside the Exhibit—Take Me There: China.”

A Community Effort

Many advisors and partners, both in the U.S. and internationally, consulted on this exhibit including the Indianapolis Hangzhou Sister Cities Committee, The Confucius Institute, the Indiana Association of Chinese Americans, Lilly Chinese Culture Network, The America China Society of Indiana, and The Indianapolis Chinese Community Center, Inc. In addition to these organizations, more than 10,000 Chinese and Chinese Americans call Indianapolis home, and some will be serving as gallery volunteers, performers, and language and calligraphy teachers during Take Me There: China’s run.

Take Me There: China is made possible by lead gifts from Lilly Endowment, Inc., Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, The Lilly Family, Mrs. Yvonne Shaheen, Sarah and John Lechleiter, the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services, Jane and Steve Marmon, Susan and Jim Naus, and Polly Hix.


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In the Marketplace, families and children can learn about traditional Chinese foods and products.

Meet four generations of the Wang family including 11-year-old Jackie and his parents, grandparents, and great-grandmother. See re-creations of their homes. Explore the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Learn how to care for pandas and practice “feeding” toy baby pandas.

Experience the traditional Chinese Opera House and be dazzled by authentic opera costumes.

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Visit the Tea House and pretend to pour tea. Explore related artifacts including authentic pots, paintings, and carvings.

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Take a break in People’s Park and try your hand at playing authentic traditional Chinese drums.

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Ties between Indiana and China Growing

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hina is 7,000 miles from Indiana and yet it’s closer than ever. From educational and business programs to cultural organizations and communities, Indiana is rapidly expanding its ties to and relationships with China.

Educational Exchange

Nowhere is that more clear than in higher education. With academic and research programs in subjects ranging from art and business to Mandarin and medicine, Indiana’s colleges and universities are helping foster mutual understanding and respect. At the same time, enrollment of Chinese students in both Indiana and Purdue universities has increased substantially. According to Dr. Zao Cheng Xu, director of the Confucius Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), there is an ever-increasing interest in Central Indiana in learning about China. Established in 2007 as a result of a partnership between IUPUI and the SunYat-sen University in China, the Confucius Institute provides Chinese language classes and translation and interpretation services to students, businesses, and individuals. It also helps coordinate student exchanges between IUPUI and Chinese universities and provides help to Indiana schools offering Chinese language classes.

Expanding Business Exchange

China’s growing influence as a global business leader is the impetus for more Hoosiers to learn Mandarin, a dialect that is the official language of China. Speaking the language and understanding the culture are keys to doing business in China, which is a goal for many companies. Where there once was hesitancy there now is

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enthusiasm, said Colin Renk, executive director of the America China Society of Indiana. A nonprofit organization devoted to promoting business and investment opportunities in China and Indiana, the Society has more than 75 Hoosier companies and business leaders on its membership roster. The state’s agribusiness and manufacturing sectors are of increasing interest to Chinese investors, said Renk. “As China’s middle class grows, the country needs a steady source of food and such consumer goods as automobile components. Those are both areas in which Indiana excels.”

Sister Cities Relationships

Cities and towns throughout Indiana are encouraging greater awareness and understanding by taking part in the Sister Cities program. Sister Cities agree to work together to expand mutually beneficial cultural, educational, and business relationships.

There are 22 established or pending Sister Cities relationships between Indiana communities and Chinese cities and towns, including the one Indianapolis enjoys with Hangzhou in the Chinese province of Zhejiang. The Hangzhou relationship was a direct result of Mayor Greg Ballard’s emphasis on building strong relationships in China. Hangzhou—with a population of 8.7 million—is a center of silk production as well as home to the country’s most popular tea, West Lake Longjing Tea, named for the lake adjacent to the city. It also is home to 38 of China’s top 500 private companies. To identify and foster business, cultural, and educational exchange opportunities, Mayor Ballard’s administration created the Indianapolis-Hangzhou Sister Cities Committee. Delegations have exchanged multiple visits, and the committee has also assisted area companies interested in business opportunities in China.

“Indy is a global city,” said Mayor Ballard. “Educating people, particularly young people, about the rich history and culture of other countries prepares them to be good citizens of our city and the world. I encourage everyone to visit the exhibits coming to The Children’s Museum and learn more about the people and traditions of one of our most important global partners.”

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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is grateful for the generous support of

in presenting China’s Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army, directly from China’s Shaanxi Province Presenting sponsorship of China’s Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperors’ Painted Army by the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation also will enable an estimated 17,000 students from Indiana K–12 schools to experience the exhibition.

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