What can you do with 63 hours?


October 12, 2009
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Aerial view Terra Cotta WarriorsOnly six days remain. Six days, to see one of the eight wonders of the world. The Terra Cotta Warriors, from Xi’an, China, will be available for your viewing pleasure, for six more days.

Have no fear. Here at HMNS, we know you’ve been busy – and this is something that no one should miss. So, we’re making things just a little bit easier for you to meet the warriors before they’re gone. We are extending our normal viewing hours to make sure as many people as possible have the time and chance to see this amazing exhibit before it leaves.

We will open at our normal hour of 9 a.m. on Friday, October 16 for a 63-hour Terra Cotta Warriors marathon and we won’t close until midnight on Sunday, Oct. 18. That’s 63 straight, uninterrupted hours for you to come in and see the exhibit. Want to meet China’s First Emperor at 3 a.m.? No problem.

63 hours. To put this span in perspective, I’ve devised a list of a few activities you might be able to do in 63 hours.

*Fly to the moon. A manned spacecraft takes roughly three days to fly to the moon.

*Learn the names of all 203 recognized U.N. countries.

*Watch “The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple,” a 1928 Chinese film that runs at about 27 hours, 2 1/5 times.

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*Run the world’s fastest marathon (at two hours and four minutes) almost 30 times.

*Have a cell divide anywhere from two to five times inside of you.

*Listen to the song “Choak and Ace” (at a recorded length of 4 hours, 27 min, and 32 seconds) 13 and 1/3 times

*Go through almost one percent of pregnancy (not really recommended for the men reading this.)

*Experience the Terra Cotta Warriors at HMNS. This probably won’t take the full 60 hours. However, it is less dangerous than flying to the moon, won’t get stuck in your head like listening to the same four hour song 13 times, and is a lot less tedious than learning the names of 203 countries.

If you haven’t seen the warriors yet, we hope you’ll come by this weekend – any time.  See you there!

Steven
Authored By Steven Cowan

Steven never dreamed his first job out of college would be in public relations, and on top of that working for one of the top museums in the country. After all, he majored in History at Vassar College. Within three months of graduation, he landed a spot in the PR department and has not looked back since. He is fast becoming a communications fanatic, spending a tremendous amount of his time promoting the museum and all it has to offer.

2 responses to “What can you do with 63 hours?”

  1. David says:

    Great exhibit, and no excuse to miss it!

    Another exhibit in the future that looks great is the Faberge exhibit! Where are most of the objects going to come from? What private collections and museums?

  2. Steven says:

    We are also excited about the upcoming Faberge exhibit, which goes on display November 13, 2009. The objects come from the McFerrin Collection, which has become one of the world’s most important private collections of Fabergé. While many of the pieces in this collection have been featured individually in other exhibitions and publications over the past 60 years, this event marks the first time that the McFerrin Collection has been presented for public display.

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