Panel Talks: Terracotta Warriors

Enrich your experience of this landmark exhibition. In this series, hear historians, artists, and researchers debate its themes and contemporary connections, then view the exhibition.

  • When Wed 6 Mar – Fri 12 Apr 2019, 6.30pm–7.30pm
  • Where
    Soundings Theatre, Level 2
  • Cost $25, or all four talks for $80; Friends of Te Papa $20, or all four talks for $60 (all tickets include exhibition admission)

In this series of four talks, deepen your understanding of the culture that produced the remarkable treasures in Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality. Trace the evolution of ideas from ancient China to today, as our panel speakers debate why the exhibition’s themes are still relevant. Topics will range from symbolism and superstition in architecture, to how the Chinese and Māori customs that accompany death are adapting for a changing world.

Following each talk, explore the exhibition at your own pace at a special after-hours viewing.

Tickets will be available to purchase from mid-February. Stay tuned for the full programme of speakers and talks and the link to book your tickets.


  • Wed 6 March 2019, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Tue 19 March 2019, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Tue 2 April 2019, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Fri 12 April 2019, 6.30pm – 7.30pm



Te Papa Talks, 2017. Photo by Michael O’Neill. Te Papa