Monday, November 17, 2008

High Hits Record-breaking Advance Ticket Sales for The First Emperor

The High Museum of Art has over 50,000 advance ticket reservations for "The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army," which opened Sunday, November 16, 2008, and runs through April 18, 2009. This is the largest number ever of advance ticket reservations for the High. The exhibition was previously on view at the British Museum in London (September 13, 2007, through April 6, 2008) and sold out every time slot to over 850,000 visitors.

The High celebrated the opening of the exhibition on Sunday, November 16 from 12 to 5 p.m. with a special opening ceremony at "Ni Hao, Atlanta! A Celebration Fit for an Emperor." Visitors enjoyed traditional Chinese dance and musical performances, as well as art-making workshops to make a miniature terracotta warrior for a miniature army display. The celebration surrounding this exhibition will continue throughout the fall with the following programs:

Go All Night! Friday, November 28, 9a.m. to 2 a.m.
Hands on for the Holidays and Holiday Music: December 26 – 31; 1 to 4 p.m.
High Museum of Art members will be admitted to "The First Emperor" for free and will have special access to preview the exhibition before it opens to the public. Memberships may be purchased online at or at the museum. Individual ticket prices are $18 for adults; $15 for students and seniors with ID; $11 for ages 6 to 17; and free for age 5 and under. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets will include admission to "The First Emperor," "Louvre Atlanta: The Louvre and the Masterpiece," all other special exhibitions and the High's permanent collection. An audio guide including both "The First Emperor" and "The Louvre and the Masterpiece" will be available for purchase—$5 for general public; $3 for Members, complete group bookings, and ages 17 and under. The audio guide will be included for school group admission.

The High will also partner with Arts & Exhibitions International, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Brand Atlanta for a special "Treasures Fit for Kings" combination ticket that will offer discounted admission to both "The First Emperor" and "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs" (Nov. 15, 2008 – May 25, 2009, at the Atlanta Civic Center). Discounted group tickets for both exhibitions can be reserved by calling 1.866.52GROUP.

The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army "The First Emperor" was inspired by one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Featuring over 100 works, including 15 terracotta figures, the exhibition represents one of the largest groups of important works relating to the First Emperor ever to be loaned to the U.S. by the Museum of the Terracotta Army and the Cultural Relics Bureau of Shaanxi Province in Xi'an, China. With rarely seen and recently discovered objects from his famed tomb complex, the exhibition will provide insight into the legacy of China's First Emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, who reigned from 221–210 B.C.

"The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army" is made possible by Lead Sponsor GE, Presenting Sponsor Portman and Official Global Delivery Partner UPS, Official Airline Partner Delta Air Lines, and Official Media Partner Turner Broadcasting. Generous support is provided by The Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support provided by The E. Rhodes and Leona Carpenter Foundation and The Blakemore Foundation. This exhibition is presented in association with the British Museum with support from Morgan Stanley.

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