Exhibit Preview: COME FACE TO FACE WITH THE LARGEST EXHIBITION OF MUMMIES AND RELATED ARTIFACTS EVER ASSEMBLED
Mummies of the World, the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, presents a never-before-seen collection of naturally and intentionally preserved mummies. This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancient mummies and important artifacts from Asia, Oceania, South America, Europe, as well as ancient Egypt, dating as far back as 6,500 years.
Embark on a journey into the extraordinary world of mummies and mummification. Through modern science, engaging interactives and multi-media exhibits, the exhibition reveals how the scientific study of mummies provides a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilization.
Wow! What a very cool exhibit! I visited this exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia a few months ago. Some of the mummies were insanely well preserved. I was most fascinated with the South American mummies. Several of them still had hair, in fact one still had braids. The ‘tattooed woman’, a 13th century mummy from Peru, had many visible tattoos on her body and the clothing she wore was in great condition and still brightly colored. It is a great collection of mummies (even animals) from around the world, most being from South America, Egypt, and Eastern Europe. The exhibit also includes CT scans of mummies in an attempt to conduct comprehensive, but noninvasive, research. I recommend going to see it if you get the opportunity.
The exhibition Mummies of the World began with a mysterious and rare find of 20 human mummies hidden in the basement of the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums in Mannheim, Germany in 2004. The mummies, which once belonged to artist Gabriel von Max (1840–1915) were thought to have been destroyed or lost during World War II. This startling discovery prompted the most important research project ever undertaken with regard to mummies. Without documentation explaining who they were, where they were from or why they were collected, an international team of scientists from many disciplines studied the mummies. Their studies and research, known as the German Mummy Project, is the largest mummy research project in the world. The results of their research and studies are presented in the Mummies of the World exhibition, made possible through the collaboration of 21 world-renowned museums, organizations and collections from seven countries.
Below are photos of several mummies in the exhibit that really amazed me due to their preservation.