Monday, May 21

A Reason to Visit The Bowers

Now, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana is possibly the most over priced museum I've ever visited; $14 for students and $19 for adults, free under age six. The Bowers specializes in Mummies and early California history, which is all fine and dandy, but I've never been excited enough about Mummies to shell out the $14 when other more exciting museums are cheaper. However, in 2008 the Bowers will host an exhibit of a selection of the Life-size terracotta soldiers from the tomb of Qin Shihuangdi (r. 221-210 B.C.), China's first emperor. The terracotta soldiers are the focus of some major controversy, because they are part of a burial site many people think they should stay buried out of respect for tradition. So the fact that the soldiers are traveling at all is quite significant, let alone that they're traveling to Santa Ana where I can visit them. This exhibit will be worth shelling out the money.

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