B and I took a much needed mini-vacation to Seattle at the end of April. We spent most of the trip visiting with our pacific northwest friends but we took an afternoon to ourselves to go visit the Pacific Science Center, specifically to see the Terra-cotta Warriors that the PSC are borrowing from the People’s Republic of China.
First of all, how cool is that! This beautiful museum was able to negotiate with a country to get this magnificent artifacts for a limited time. This is beautiful and brings me so much joy. I love that history and knowledge can be shared amongst the many different continents and countries on our planet.
Now, let’s talk history for a minute. For anyone that doesn’t know (or went to school before these were discovered in 1974) the Terra-cotta Warriors are clay soldiers, horses and armour that are surrounding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. Qin united the warring states of China around 221 B.C. He was a skilled leader and military strategist. Qin wanted to achieve immortality, even went so far as to drink mercury in an attempt to achieve it, and ordered for his mausoleum to begin being constructed shortly after he took the throne. This mausoleum has four main pits, three of which are filled with terra-cotta warriors, dancers, and tombs of sacred animals. Since the tomb’s discovery in 1974 thousands of these lifesize clay creations have been excavated but the emperor’s main tomb still remains untouched. It is believed that the emperor may have designed booby traps or that the artifacts may be harmed by opening this main tomb. For now, we can only speculate on the treasures that lie directly with the emperor.
Now that we are all caught up on the history I’ll give you my thoughts on this exhibit. In short, IT WAS SO F*CKING COOL. The Pacific Science Center allowed patrons to get extremely close to the artifacts (without touching or using flash photography). The entire exhibit felt magical. Catering to families, and adults who like to play, they set up stations where you could attempt to rebuild a terra-cotta warrior.
The museum also set up a room designed to make you feel like you were walking through one of the many pits filled with warriors. I was so impressed with how interactive the PSC was able to make the exhibit. B and I spent almost two hours just walking through this one exhibit. The PSC did an incredible job with presenting information at each artifacts station and relating it to the history of Emperor Qin.
One we emerged from the magic of history in this exhibit we explored the rest of the PAcific Science Center. The museum is very tactile outside of this exhibit and has an outside water area, learning stations for sleep, play, personal hygiene, a butterfly room and insect display and a space section.
But really though, I could not recommend this museum more! If you are ever in the pacific northwest you must check it out!
What are some of your favorite museums? B and I try to visit one in every city we visit.