Terracotta Warriors Museum

Terracotta Warriors Museum
corner of High East Street & Salisbury Street




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01305 266040


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The Terracotta Warriors Museum in Dorchester, Dorset, is one of the few museums outside China exclusively dedicated to the amazing Terracotta Warriors. All the terracotta warriors displayed in the museum have been specially made for exhibition by the technicians of the Lintong Museum Cultural Relic Workshop, Xian, China, as well as workshops of the China National Arts & Crafts Corporation, Xian. Other terracotta warriors were specially created for the display in the museum workshops of World Heritage as were the costumed figures of the First Emperor and General Meng Tian together with the reconstructions of the armour, weapons and costumes.

Complementing the display of terracotta warriors is the imposing costumed figure Qin Shi Huang di - the first emperor of China with General Meng Tian. Both are in full costume and accompanied by other examples of recreated costume and armour representative of what would have been worn by the Royal Guard. In addition to this a reconstruction of part of an excavation scene shows a small section of one of the pits giving an idea how the figures were gradually unearthed from the soil.

A journey through Chinese history illustrated with antiquities covering two millennia takes the visitor back to the time of Qin Shi Huang di. Cinematic and audio presentations inform and entertain. There is also an Advance Guard of half-size terracotta warriors representative of the many different types of the terracotta army.

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Opening hours

All year daily April to September 10:00 to 17:00; October to March 10:00 to 16:00 (closed 13th to 26th December)

Admission charges

Adults £5.99; children £3.99; family (2+2) £17.99; Seniors/students £4.99; Children under 5 free

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excavation scene

Terracotta Warriors

  • 17 May 2014 5-9pm

See life size museum recontructions of the terracotta warriors, costumes and armour at the Terracotta Warriors Museum. The Terracotta Warriors Museum is one of Dorchester’s six museums that have joined together to specially open on Museums Night. All 6 museums will be open from 5pm until 9pm and there is a fantastic discounted Museum Night ticket price to all. Some cafes and restaurants are joining in the event with special offers. Museums Night is the night to be in historic Dorchester, Dorset.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly




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