If getting the Louvre Museum in Paris to send over some of their masterpieces in various exhibits the past three years wasn’t enough, just check out what the High Museum of Art has now.
Yup. They’ve got nine terracotta warriors from the Museum of the Terracotta Army and the Cultural Relics Bureau of Shaanxi Province in Xi’an, China.
The site at Xi’an is one of the places I really, really want to see.
The High has “The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army” exhibit. And I can’t wait to see it. I know it’s not China, but since I blew my whole budget for the next couple of years going to Japan last summer, this will be closest I get to Xi’an.
Besides the general (only one of seven unearthed so far), the foot soldiers and archers, there are acrobats, musicians, a court official, a stable boy, a strongman and a chariot horse. There are even some bronze birds.
It’s speculated that the birds were trained to dance while the musicians played.
There are lots of photographs and artifacts from the archaeological digging as well.
Besides this exhibit, you can see the last exhibit from the Louvre, “Louvre Atlanta: The Louvre and the Masterpiece,” through Sept. 4. Johannes Vermeer’s “The Astronomer” will leave Feb. 15 and will be replaced by Georges de la Tour’s “The Card-Sharp (with Ace of Diamonds)” on Feb. 17. The High is at 1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $11-$18.
Call 404-733-4444 or go to www.high.org.
Now it’s going to be incredibly crowded. In fact, the museum has sold more than 100,000 tickets already. The best times to go are weekday afternoons because most school groups come in the morning, said Cassandra Champion Streich, the High’s senior manager of public relations.
The other blockbuster exhibit
“Tutankhamuh: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” is in the Atlanta Civic Center and is presented by the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University through May 25.
More than 150 artifacts can be seen in this exhibit from 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, including the largest image of King Tut ever found. This 10-foot-tall statue may have been placed at his mortuary temple and it retains much of its original paint.
The Atlanta Civic Center is at 395 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
The Tut exhibit is open 9 a.m.–7 p.m. daily, with the last ticket sold at 5 p.m., except 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Christmas Eve, with the last ticket sold at 2:30 p.m.; closed Christmas day.
Tickets are $16.50-$32.50.
Call 404-727-4282 or go to www.kingtut.org
Want to save some money?
You can go to both the King Tut and Terracotta Warriors exhibits for one price.
Through the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, you can buy a ticket for $39 for Tuesday-Thursday or $41 for Friday-Sunday. You must choose the day and time slot. Tickets for youths are $25.
There’s another attractive ticket package: $29.99-$39.99 for the King Tut exhibit and the Georgia Aquarium. When you buy your ticket, you must choose the day and the time slot you want to be at the Atlanta Civic Center. You can go to the aquarium the same day or within 30 days of purchase.