September 13, 2010

Terracotta Warriors, part 2


I have already mentioned this exhibition, but I felt that I should come back with a report after actually viewing the Terracotta Warriors from the Qin Dynasty. They are on display at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, located on the island of Skeppsholmen. I was very impressed with the whole exhibition... it is not housed in the museum proper, but in subterranean halls (Bergsrummet) under the museum. In the first hall you have ten of the warriors as well as other artifacts from the Qin Dynasty. In the other hall you have smaller "tomb warriors" and a bunch of artifacts, all from the Han Dynasty. There is an abundance of information, both about the artifacts and the history of China, placed along the walls of the halls and they are both in Swedish and English.
The price of admission (150 SEK, free for 18 & under) is a little more expensive than most museum visits, but I definitely think that it is worth it... considering the cost of bringing the artifacts from China (this isn't a wandering exhibition) and the fact that the admission costs gets you into the museum proper as well. Tickets can be purchased at the door. You can't miss it, right as you cross the bridge to Skeppsholmen you'll see it on your left. Because of the large interest, they are selling time specific tickets (11:00 to 12:00, 12:00 to 13:00, etc;). I would suggest avoiding weekends and go on a weekday when Swedes are at work to avoid the crowds. video
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