|Consul General of China in Houston Welcomes Display of Country’s Ancient Cultural Relics|
WHAT: China’s Terra Cotta Warriors are one of the most sensational archeological finds of all time. Their discovery has put the city of Xi’an on the map as a priority site for visitors to China. It is now estimated that more than two million people a year travel to Xi’an to view the thousands of life-size warriors and war horses unearthed in recent decades during on-going excavations, and dating to around 2,200 B.C.
Beginning May 22, The Houston Museum of Natural Science will present a selection of artifacts from this legendary site, including 14 warriors—generals, infantrymen, officers, and servants—as well as a cavalry horse, chariot and driver in a special exhibition, Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor. The exhibition features 100 sets of objects, including 20 “Level I” artifacts (the highest possible ranking in terms of rarity and importance)—the most artifacts of that level to ever travel abroad for a single exhibition.
The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston applauds HMNS’ efforts, in developing the international partnerships that will bring this landmark exhibition to Houston – offering us a glimpse into one of the world’s oldest civilizations—ancient China—through its astonishing art and cultural relics.
WHO: Qiao Hong, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston
Joel A. Bartsch, President, Houston Museum of Natural Science
Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Curator of Anthropology, Houston Museum of Natural Science
WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 10 a.m.
WHERE: The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston
3417 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006
HOW: Contact Ms. Melodie Francis at 713-639-4743 for more information.
Mr. Jun Feng at 713-520-1462 ext. 308 for more information
WHY: Time Magazine recently declared Terra Cotta Warriors one of the top 5 “must see” museum exhibitions in the country. The exhibit set attendance records when it was shown at the British Museum in London in 2007-08, and has already stopped at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif. The exhibition includes the most Terra Cotta Warriors and related tomb artifacts ever to travel to the United States.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science—one of the nation’s most-heavily attended museums—is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, including the Wortham IMAX® Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the Houston Museum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.