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Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum

Museum of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, Xian

 Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum

In 1974 when a group of peasants was digging a well, they surprisingly unearthed fragments of life-sized terra cotta warriors made in the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC), which became the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. The great excavation revealed thousands of warriors and their horses - an entire army buried for safeguarding the eternity of Emperor Qinshihuang. Hence, the Qin Terra Cotta Army is now over 2,200 years old.

The site is located 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) east of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. The emperor's terra cotta army was found in three underground timber lined vaults. The Pit 1 contained chariots and six thousand figures of soldiers; the Pit 2 had fourteen hundred figures of cavalrymen, horses and infantrymen, along with ninety wooden chariots; whilst the Pit 3 contained about seventy figures of warriors. Excavating them has been a massive undertaking.

The Qin Terra Cotta Army Museum, built at the original excavating place, is a hangar-like construction over Pit 1 and was officially opened in 1979. Later in October 1994, Pit 2 opened to the public. Now the museum is a stunning attraction that every visitor to China should see.

Bronze Chariots and Horses in the Exhibition Hall

 Bronze Chariots and Circamara Theater

Two bronze chariots housed in the Multi-Exhibition Hall were unearthed twenty meters east of the mausoleum. The chariots, which are half size of real ones, were made of bronze with some golden and silver decorations. The No. 1 Chariot is 225 centimeters (7.38 feet) long and 152 centimeters (4.99 feet) high, with a weight of 1,061 kilogram (2,399.1 pounds). The four horses drawing the square chariot are muscular and vivid. A big umbrella situated in the chariot shelters the lifelike wagoners. The No.2 Chariot is 317 centimeters (10.4 feet) long and 106.2 centimeters (3.48 feet) high. Weighing 1,241 kilogram (2,735.9 pounds), the chariot consists of two parts: the wagoner who sits outside the carriage and a carriage where the master could sit inside. Each of the two chariots is made of more than 3,000 accessories and decorated with geometrical images or clouds.

Besides visiting the pits and exhibition hall, visitors can also go to the Circamara Theater, where visitors can 'travel' back to the past. By watching it one can have a better understanding of the history of Emperor Qin Shihuang as well as the discovery, repair and protection of the terra cotta warriors. A shopping center nearby also provides visitors with copies of the warriors, horses and chariots as souvenirs.

Admission Fee(including the Terracotta Army Museum and the Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Park):
CNY120 (Dec.1 to the end of Feb.)  
CNY150 (Mar. 1 to the end of Nov.)
Opening Hours (ticket purchasing hours):
08:30 to 17:00 (Mar. 16 to Nov. 15)
08:30 to 16:30 (Nov. 16 to Mar. 15)
Recommended Time for a Visit:
Three hours
Bus Route:

Take Tour Bus No. 5 (306) at Xian Railway Station;
Take Bus No. 307 at Tang Paradise or the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square

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  • ReplyNeera Badhwar,   United States
    2009/10/3 21:01:00

    we are planning to see the Terracotta Warriors around Dec. 15th, 2009. Will it be open to the public?
    Thank you in advance.

    • Gary :2009/12/6 7:30:00

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    • Sarah Boshop ( Canada ) :2010/5/10 11:08:00

      It will be open. Its always open.

    • Djh :2016/12/1 11:03:00

      What up man

  • ReplyPAUL M BUTTERLY,   United States
    2012/4/12 19:53:00

    I purchased a terracotta jade warrior from the museum on Feb 25, 2012 and I have not received any further notice of shipment or expected arrival date here in Pheoniz AZ USA. Could you provide a shipping date or expected arrival in the USA> Thank You Paul Butterly

    • Blaire :2012/4/13 18:59:00

      hi Paul,
      i think you'd better contact the museum directly.

    • bonnie debolt ( United States ) :2012/8/4 16:05:00

      we are also waiting for warrior pieces.m tried to e-mail museum (e-mail does not appear to work). have you had any luck with your shipment?
      thank you
      bonnie debolt

    • E.J,.Coop ( Canada ) :2012/11/12 14:30:00

      I was wondering if you have received the item you purchased. We cannot get any information as far as the tracking website is concerned.

    • Michael Kelly :2014/9/25 14:17:00

      I Googled the museum and found very interesting info on a display I purchased years ago. . of .two horse drawn transportation vehicles ..exact replicas of those pics shown on their website....I am in my seventies and unlikely to ever visit the museum ..wondered if you would have any info with regards to me selling my piece....can send along a photo of my display if you would be interested.

  • ReplyMario VANTAR,   Slovakia (Slovak Republic)
    2011/10/18 6:43:00

    Please I would like to ask you, if will be The Terracotta Warriors Museum in Xian opn on aprox. 28 or 29-th December 2011?

    • Mars :2011/10/18 21:10:00

      yes, it is open all the year round.

  • ReplyDavid McCrae,   Australia
    2010/11/9 16:46:00

    We have heard that trips into southern China have been suspended during Niv & Dec due to the Asian games. Will the terracotta warriors be open for visitors durning this time as we would like to do a day trip from HK?

    • andy :2010/11/9 20:28:00

      it will be open.

  • Replydahlia ried,   United States
    2010/8/29 16:29:00

    we want to visit the terracotta warrior museum in xian, november 2nd or 3rd, 2010. will it be open and how do we obtain tickets for that day. do we get them ahead of time or when we arrive at the museum. do you know how much in usa dollars for admission. thank you

    • Rosina :2010/8/29 21:13:00

      it will open at that time.
      you don't need to buy the ticket in advance, just buy them when you arrive at the museum.
      i think USA dollars are not accecpted for admission, you need to exchange your dollars into Chinese RMB.
      the admission fee is CNY 90.

  • ReplyWANDA BARHAM,   United States
    2009/10/3 19:47:00


  • ReplyJose Sanabria,   Venezuela
    2009/7/10 22:05:00

    Please I am planing a visit with my family on August 24th. I would like to know if this specific day you are open and if there is a day of the week that is closed for visitors

    • 2009/7/10 22:46:00

      WarriorTours.com :>As we know, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum is open to the public every day.

  • ReplyRalph Robinson,   United States
    2009/7/5 21:12:00

    I purchased a Bronze Rino from the Museum of the Terra-cotta Worriors and Horse on 2009-06-05. On the bill of sale it stated Shaanxi Tianhong Trade. Ltd. was the carrier. The Mark # is W0538. We have not received the rino yet. Would you have any information concerning this item? I appreciate any information you can give me. Thank you for your efforts.
    Ralph Robinson

    • 2009/7/7 2:00:00

      WarriorTours.com :>Unfortunately we are not able to help you with this question.

      Thanks for your trust in warriortours.com!

  • ReplyFloyd Perigo,   United States
    2009/4/23 9:02:00

    How much is it to visit the museum

  • ReplyFeng,   China
    2008/12/14 20:11:00

    The Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum is open to visitors. I heard that the extension project aroud the museum is set to start.