The Terracotta Army & The Legacy of the Eternal Emperor

The impressive and monumental exhibition about the Terracotta Army of the great Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di with true to original replicas of the legendary soldiers gives visitors exciting and emotional impressions of the mysterious Middle Kingdom.

For 2.000 years this army was forgotten, for 2.000 years it guarded the grave of its master and lay hidden in darkness. Now the Terracotta Army is back in the limelight of the public.

It is the greatest cultural and historical find of the 20th century and inspires people all over the world with its history and creation long before the birth of Christ.

The history of the exhibits is unique: Barely a kilometer away from the original burial site the masterful replicas of around 150 life-sized terracotta figures and eight full-scale horses were made in ancient ovens according to precise traditional recipes. Just like the original figures in China, these replicas are breathtaking in their individuality and facial expressions.

The artistic design of the clay soldiers is particularly impressive: Although the figures are dressed similarly according to their respective rank, there is not a single pair of twins among them. Every face is unique and expressive. Smaller figures, around 1.000 soldiers in battle formation, and true to original weapons complete the exhibits.


March 25 – October 10, 2021


(ex. Tengelmann-Areal)

Mülheim a.d. Ruhr

Opening hours

Tue – Sun: 10 am – 6 pm

(last admission: 5 pm)

It all began over 2.000 years ago in the Chinese province of Shaanxi.

The first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang Di, was already appointed ruler of the Qin Kingdom at the age of 13. Aged 22, the young king himself took over the business of government and went to war with a huge army. He succeeded in uniting all the “seven battling kingdoms” under his rule. This moment is considered to be the birth of today’s Middle Kingdom. As soon as he came to power, Qin Shi Huang Di began building his huge burial site. It extended over an area of 56 square kilometers and, in addition to the burial mound, consisted of numerous above-ground buildings and underground chambers and pits. Everything that the emperor owned on earth, he then also owned underneath.

Mere coincidence gives mankind another insight into

a dynasty from times long gone…

In 1974 farmers from the Chinese province of Shaanxi discovered a fabulous find while building a well: the first fragments of the legendary Terracotta Army. The tomb of the Eternal Emperor has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Around a quarter of the site has been exposed to date, and research teams are still working on developing new conservation and restoration methods.

In the exhibition “The Terracotta Army & the Legacy of the Eternal Emperor” visitors experience the history of the Far Eastern cultural world heritage with their own eyes. You will be enchanted by the army of His Imperial Highness and transported back to a time of wealth and demonstration of power beyond today’s imagination. Visitors feel the last echo of an emperor who wanted to rule for all eternity.