Last chance to see Terra Cotta Warriors — EVER! Hurry in before the army moves out Sept. 3

There may have been a Terra Cotta Warriors II, but — mark our words — there will not be a Terra Cotta Warriors III.

HMNS’ second special exhibition of the exquisitely detailed and distinct warriors that guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuang, extends the story of the Qin, Han and Tang dynasties with 200 ancient works of art, including newly-discovered artifacts unearthed from imperial, royal and elite tombs.

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The stunning exhibition — which also featured the premiere of a Terra Cotta Warrior with its original green paint still intact, thanks to new conservation techniques — closes Sept. 3.

What better way to celebrate Labor Day than to examine up-close the extreme care that went into each warrior’s individualized features, the fine ornaments and sacred objects, or the extraordinary works of art?

TCW II: Warriors, Tombs and TemplesHMNS is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Sept. 1 through Sept. 3. Click here for tickets.

Party like it’s 1912 at Titanic VIP nite — this Thursday!

UPDATE: Titanic VIP Nite is sold out. See you smarties who got tickets there!

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Like all seemingly good ideas, the concept for the Titanic was conjured up over cocktails. In 1907, J. Bruce Ismay and Lord James Pierre decided to build the vast vessel along with two sister ships, the Olympic and the Britannic, for a line of the largest luxury ships ever built.

Titanic VIP Nite

 

We all know how that ended:

Join us to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking in the most appropriate way possible – with a cocktail party.

Guests at Titanic VIP Nite can experience life aboard the ship as first or third-class passengers, although this is one case where you might not want to keep it classy.

Go the sophisticated route and sashay through first-class to the music of a string quartet, where schmancy hors d’oeuvres inspired by the first-class menu await. Then when you’re tired of all that restrained schmoozing, rub elbows with the rougher folk down in third class. There, a Celtic Rock band will have you dancing the jig in no time.

Also onboard? Captain Smith and the famous Mrs. Molly Brown. Be sure to chat up these two characters and ask them about their experience aboard – but be sensitive, and remember that Captain Smith went down with the ship.

For tickets to the festivities that include food, entertainment, cash bars, character actors, after-hours access to the 100th anniversary artifact exhibition and a complimentary swag bag for the first 300 arrivals, click here.

Terra Cotta Take Two: The warriors are back in Warriors, Tombs and Temples, opening Friday

Following the enormous success of Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s first Emperor in 2009, the warriors are back for a new exhibit spanning three dynasties in Warriors, Tombs and Temples: China’s Enduring Legacy – opening Friday.

TCW II: Warriors, Tombs and Temples

Where Terra Cotta Warriors focused on artifacts from the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, Warriors, Tombs and Temples will encompass a greater span of history throughout three dynasties: The Qin, Han and Tang.

In addition, the warriors to be unveiled Friday have benefited from more advanced conservation techniques, and some figures even have their original paint in tact. Among these is a Terra Cotta Warrior whose face is painted green – known as the kneeling archer – which is being revealed for the first time.

TCW II: Warriors, Tombs and Temples

Also featured in the new exhibition are 200 ancient works of art, many never before seen outside of Chin. Some of our unbiased favorites? A gold-coated iron dragon who expertly balances on his two front feet (pictured above); intricate, miniature reliquaries crafted to house the finger bones of Buddha; and a magnificent life-size figure of a chariot horse, typical of the horses discovered in the tomb compound of Emperor Qin Shihuangdi.

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Want to do your own digging through the warrior remains? Warriors, Temples and Tombs is on view until Sept. 3.

Why James Delgado > James Cameron: See a real underwater explorer speak April 12

James Cameron’s got nothing on Dr. James Delgado. Although the multimillionaire and filmmaker made a historic dive Monday to a depth of 35,576 feet, it’s Delgado who headed up the historic excavation of the R.M.S. Titanic – the inspiration for that other guy’s most famous film.

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On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking in April 1912, new images were released in the April 2012 edition of National Geographic that depict the entire wreckage for the first time in a single frame.

For the first time ever, the boat’s full expanse is photographed at its resting place more than 2 miles beneath the Atlantic Ocean.

Although the images look as though they were shot from a distance, the ocean depths are far too dark to light the wreck powerfully enough – and doing so would be dangerous to the ship’s remains. Instead, the images were assembled mosaic-style by experts at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and took months to complete.

To create an accurate image of the full wreckage, researchers layered optical data on top of sonar images gathered from an exhibition in 2010 that is widely regarded as the most extensive research and recovery trip to date. During that trip to the wreck site, the eighth since its discovery, three robots circled the boat using side-scan and multibeam sonar to capture hundreds of images per second.

Titanic | James Delgado appearance

Delgado, the chief scientist for the excavation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Director of Maritime Heritage, told the National Geographic the reconstructed images were “a game-changer.”

“In the past, trying to understand Titanic was like trying to understand Manhattan at midnight in a rainstorm – with a flashlight.”

Delgado will be at HMNS on April 12 to discuss expeditions to the wreck site and the technology that has made such imaging possible.

In addition to discussing his own historic visit to the ocean floor, Delgado will outline options for the Titanic’s future preservation.

To reserve tickets, click here!