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'Terra Cotta Warriors': If you go

Musicians flank a headless strongman in "Terra Cotta Warriors," which is at the National Geographic Museum through March 31.
Musicians flank a headless strongman in "Terra Cotta Warriors," which is at the National Geographic Museum through March 31. (Bill O'Leary - The Washington Post)
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Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 20, 2009

If you want to see "Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor," you've got some time. The show is up through March 31. But don't dawdle about buying tickets. Almost 100,000 have been sold so far, and several dates, including this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Nov. 27-29, are sold out.

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Here's what you need to know before you go.

The museum is open daily, except Christmas, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesdays until 9 p.m. Half-hour timed tickets are $12; $10 for seniors, students, military personnel and members; $6 for ages 2 to 12; children younger than 2 free. Audio tours (in English, Spanish and Mandarin) are $5. Every Wednesday through the run of the show, 200 free tickets to the 6 p.m. viewing will be given out, starting at 5:30 p.m., at the exhibition box office, 1145 17th St. NW (Metro: Farragut North). Regular-priced tickets are available through the box office, by calling 202-857-7700 or through http://www.warriorsdc.org.

A word to the wise: Weekday afternoons are expected to be less crowded. And although walk-ups may sometimes get in, advance orders are strongly encouraged.

The main entrance to the show is, for the first time in the museum's history, located on M Street NW, just east of 17th. Museum-goers, however, are being asked to show up 15 minutes early at the box office, where a visitors services representative will direct them to form a line outside. Dress warmly. The Terra Cotta Cafe, located inside a heated tent in the museum's M Street courtyard, offers sandwiches and snacks. There are also two free photo exhibitions on view: "Polar Obsession" (through Feb. 15) and "National Geographic Image Collection" (through April 12).

Inside, an expanded museum store offers a variety of "Warriors"-themed items, including terra cotta figures to take home, in sizes and price points ranging from a doll-size desktop model ($9.95) to three-quarter scale ($1,995).

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