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Magnificent, mysterious Terra Cotta Warriors WOW families visiting the world's largest children's museum

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is hosting two Chinese-inspired blockbuster exhibits.

Rare and priceless Terra Cotta Warriors, buried for centuries in China, settled comfortably into the world's largest children's museum following years of planning and preparation on both sides of the ocean. Now, it is time to call members of this army to attention in the only place they will be seen in the United States in 2014, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. 

This "Eighth Wonder of the World" as many call it, was discovered in 1974 by farmers digging a well in search of water.

Since then, very few of the Terra Cotta Warriors have been released from China at any one time. Eight of the magnificent soldiers, along with 118 additional other authentic artifacts (some gold and bronze) are featured in this interactive exhibit that encourages visitors of all ages to become investigators.

The exhibit will explore how the unusually lifelike warriors were made by the first emperor's artisans--each one beautifully and uniquely hand-painted in rich colors.

Interactives will encourage families to become part of the archaeology team and investigate the real scientific research currently underway that helps us imagine what made this painted army so vibrant. In one of the largest exhibits exploring contemporary China ever produced in the U.S., visitors will "fly" over the Great Wall of China, "land" in Beijing and embark on a journey through modern life in the world's fastest-growing nation.

Visitors will explore daily life and the celebrations of Chinese families through the arts, music, language, transportation, housing, food, tea culture, calligraphy, ancient Chinese medicine, and the preservation of giant pandas.

Nowhere in the world have China's Terra Cotta Warriors been seen this way! For the first time ever, a museum will push beyond showing the warriors as a traditional art display and engage families in the real science to help piece together this 2,200-year-old mystery, which many consider the Eighth Wonder of the World. 

Visitors will be encouraged to probe the science behind the warriors, and learn about their history and preservation for future generations. This one-of-a-kind learning exhibit will only be seen in Indianapolis! 

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
3000 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208-4716
Phone - 317-334-4000
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