I am the Warrior

If I were rich, I'd have 8,000 Caitlyn statues surrounding me in my future tomb.

If I were rich, I’d have 8,000 Caitlyn statues surrounding me in my future tomb.

One of the perks to living in a city with the world’s largest children’s museum is that, sometimes, some pretty cool exhibits come your way.

Right now is one of those times, with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis playing host to the Terra Cotta warriors through Nov. 2. Visitors can see some of the thousands of clay, life-sized sculptures China’s first emperor ordered built to accompany him in his tomb.

Each warrior has his own face and position, which were carefully reconstructed by archaeologists over the decades after the ceiling collapsed in the emperor’s tomb.

Plenty to see beyond warriors, too.

Plenty to see beyond warriors, too.

In addition, visitors should check out the Terra Cotta horse and several other artifacts on display, as well as partake in the plethora of photo ops and interactive games. Caitlyn and I tried our hands at making a miniature Terra Cotta warrior out of clay but, even with the mold, we weren’t that successful. The good news? We totally schooled the life-size Terra Cotta warrior 3-D puzzle. I suppose there is still some hope for us …

Hop on the "plane" and head to China in a nearby exhibit.

Hop on the “plane” and head to China in a nearby exhibit.

A complementary exhibit, Take Me There: China, showcases modern Chinese life, from the culture to the businesses. The exhibit also features three replica homes, each of which belong to members of the same family but stretched over three generations. Through this approach, visitors can get a good look at what homes looked like in the early-, mid- and late-20th century. That exhibit will be around for a while, but why not see it if you’re going to see the main attraction?

The museum's all decked out for the big exhibit. Apparently, a staffer at the museum made this lantern!

The museum’s all decked out for the big exhibit. Apparently, a staffer at the museum made this lantern!

If you’re going to see the Terra Cotta warriors, be prepared to pay. In addition to having to pay for general admission to the museum ($19.50 for an adult) it’s another cool 10 bucks for adults to see the warriors. If you’re bringing a family, that’s a bit steep, but it beats lugging the kids to China’s Shaanxi Province.

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