Terracotta Warriors

Asian Art Museum
in San Francisco

February 22 - May 27, 2013

China's first Emperor, Qin Shihuang (259-210 BCE) left a legacy rich with enduring achievements, including the unification of China under centralized imperial rule, brilliant military systems and advanced engineering and assembly production. He is also reputed to have burned scores of books, buried scholars alive and achieved widespread domination through devastating bloodshed.

While he conquered much in this life, his driving purpose was to conquer death. In order to achieve immortality, he built himself a a vast underground city to be used as his tomb.   The city was guarded by a life-size terracotta army including 8,000 warriors and infantrymen, 520 horses, 130 chariots and all their attendant armor and weaponry.  Other terracotta non-military figures were also found in other pits and they include officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.  A sprawling citadel has also been unearthed, complete with gardens and stables, bronze ritual vessels, jade jewelry, and a wealth of gold and silver ornaments.  Contemporary observers continue to be enthralled by his legacy, and it is through this ongoing interest that the First Emperor did indeed achieve immortality. The figures were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers.

This particular exhibit includes ten figures, a representative sample of the actual army.

Learn more about the Terracotta Warriors here:

Cafe Asia  (located in the museum)
Cafe Asia is open from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday to Sunday.
From January to October, the cafe is open for dinner on Thursdays, until 8:30 pm.
The cafe is closed on Mondays.
Entry to the cafe does not require paid museum admission.
The cafe doesn’t take reservations

Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street, between McAllister & Fulton
 (opposite City Hall)
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 581-3500

If you are taking BART, board at Columa and exit at the Civic Center stop.

Public transportation information from Pillar Point RV Park:

Tues-Sun     10-5 PM
Thursday     10-9 PM
Monday     Closed

Reserve Your Tickets
Adults (weekdays)     $20
Adults (weekends)     $22
Youth (13-17)     $8
Children (12 & under)     Free
Members     Free

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