Our tour director Gail recently led a lovely group to see the amazing Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
While it’s hard to wrap your brain around just how ancient the statues are – they were constructed more than 2,000 years ago in China – the exhibit provides a particular focus on the process of building, burying and unearthing the artifacts.
The Franklin Institute’s showing includes 10 life-size terracotta figures and more than 170 artifacts from the Qin and Han dynasties in an “immersive experience.” The museum shows how farmers discovered the 22 acre burial site in 1974 and explains the background of the Qin prince and eventual First Emperor’s military successes. The emperor’s burial site and construction of the 8000 clay figures involved an estimated 700,000 workers and took 40 years to complete.
Gail captured video depicting the painting of the warriors as they were entombed through their decay through time and the elements.
While the army was the main attraction, it wasn’t all there was to see at the museum or in the City of Brotherly Love!
Gail snapped a few more photos in the museum, focusing on the human body.
Our tour of the city also hit historical highlights like Independence Hall and more.
And, of course, the crew had to visit the famous Art Museum steps and the statue of the beloved fictional character Rocky Balboa.
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Anderson Coach & Travel has been providing Superior Travel Experiences since 1937. In celebration of our 80th Anniversary, college student McKenzie Caldwell will be traveling with Anderson. McKenzie, our tour directors and guests will share their stories from on the road here!