The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the world’s largest children’s museum and and one of the top family attractions in the U.S. according to USA Today, debuted two new China exhibits this month.
The first, entitled Take Me There:® China, offers visitors an exploration of both ancient and modern China. Families can “fly” over the Great Wall of China, “land” in Beijing, and embark on a journey through modern-day China. In recreated Chinese buildings and environments, visitors can explore the daily life and celebrations of Chinese families through art, music, food, tea culture, calligraphy, and ancient Chinese medicine. Children can try their hand at using chopsticks, try playing real Chinese instruments and even learn their Zodiac sign. Visitors can also explore the preservation of giant pandas, the species unique to China that is beloved around the world. In a special immersion experience, families can participate in a shadow puppet performance or martial arts training program in the setting of the famed Shaolin Temple. Take Me There:® China is free with admission and is sponsored in part by the China National Tourist Office (CNTO).
The second exhibit, Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army, brings the world-famous warriors direct from China’s Shaanxi Province to Indianapolis. These rare and priceless warriors are making their only appearance in the United States in this exhibit, which runs through November 2 and offers an up-close experience with these 2,200-year-old mysterious relics. Visitors can learn how the unusually lifelike warriors were made by the first emperor’s artisans, become part of the archaeology team, and learn more about these incredible artifacts’ history.
The Chinese ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, visited the exhibits and spoke of the importance of this cultural exchange. “The real foundation for this relationship lies in mutual understanding and friendship between our two peoples. And nothing could better help us reach that goal than cultural exchanges, especially learning and knowing more about each other between the children of the two countries,” said Cui.
Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, President and CEO of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, also noted the importance of these exhibits: “By having these two exhibits open simultaneously, we will offer visitors the opportunity to explore some of the most historically valuable artifacts in history via the Terra Cotta Warriors, while nearby experiencing modern day China and its connections to its extraordinary past.”
Tickets are on sale now. Go to www.childrensmuseum.org/exhibits/take-me-there-china and www.childrensmuseum.org/exhibits/terra-cotta-warriors for more information or to book your tickets.