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'Warriors' set Bowers record

October 18, 2008|Mike Boehm

Officials at the Bowers Museum reported Friday that its exhibit "Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor" had 209,797 visitors during a five-month run that ended Thursday, making it by far the hottest ticket in the Santa Ana museum's history.

About 250,000 people saw the Bowers' Egyptian mummies exhibit that shipped out six weeks before the Chinese warriors stepped in, but they'd been on view for 2 1/2 years. "Terra Cotta Warriors" more than doubled the 100,000 who saw the previous limited-run record-setter, "Secret World of the Forbidden City," during its seven-month stay in 2000.

The warriors haven't quite left the building: Packing is scheduled to continue for 10 days, then they'll be shipped off to their next stop, Atlanta's High Museum of Art, where the show will debut Nov. 16.

-- Mike Boehm

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