Terracotta Warrior Museum, Dorchester, Dorset
The Terracotta Warrior Museum in Dorchester features a small group of the famous 8,000 life-size clay terracotta warriors built to protect the tomb of the First Emperor of China – often referred to as the eighth wonder of the ancient world. The warriors in this exhibition have been replicated by specialists in China and are exact copies of the originals that were discovered in 1975 by farmers digging the land in Xian.
You can also see recreations of the extravagant costumes worn by the First Emperor of China and his officers, and find out about his reign, his achievements, and the discovery of the terracotta warriors. This was the man who built the Great Wall of China; it took 70,000 workers to build his tomb, which was filled with exquisite treasures and was also the resting place of his 3,000 wives and concubines. Buy your own considerably smaller terracotta warrior in the museum shop.
Open: 7 days a week Apr-Sept 10.00am-5.00pm Oct-Mar 10.00am-4.00pm Closed 13th – 26th December
T: 01305 266040 All information correct at the time of writing