Mummies of the World

September 23, 2016 - May 29, 2017
Recurring daily
5555 Hermann Park Drive | Houston, TX 77030
Times: During regular musuem hours
Area of Town: Museum District

The nationally recognized Mummies of the World: The Exhibition will make its debut at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on September 24, 2016.  Described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring," by NBC, "absolutely extraordinary," by NPR, "a must see," by FOX TV and having been visited by over 1.5 million people nation-wide, Mummies of the World will instill a sense of curiosity and wonder in each and every visitor.

Come face to face with the largest exhibition of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled. The exhibit provides a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world including Europe, South America and Ancient Egypt, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations. 

Inside every mummy is a story waiting to be told.   Through modern science and technology, their secrets are now revealed.  Mummies of the World tells the story of the mummies and mummification through state-of-the-art multimedia, hands-on interactive stations and cutting-edge 3-D animation taking visitors on a 4,500-year journey to explore the mummies’ history and origins as well as how they were created, both through natural and intentional practices.

Mummies of the World highlights real advances in the scientific methods used to study mummies, including Computed Tomography (CT), ancient DNA analysis and radiocarbon dating, all of which allow researchers to learn about the lives, history, and cultures of the mummies. Who were they?  Where did they come from? And what can they teach us?

The exhibition features a group of fascinating mummies and artifacts on loan from 12 world-renowned museums, organizations and collections coming from 5 countries. The exhibition includes:

  • The Vac Mummies, a mummified family from Hungary believed to have died from tuberculosis
  • The Baron Von Holz, a German nobleman found tucked away in the family crypt of a 14th century castle wearing his best leather boots
  • The Burns Collection, a group of medical mummies used to teach anatomy in the early 19th century
  • An Egyptian priest named Nes-Hor whom we have determined had arthritis and a broken left hip
  • Egyptian animal mummies including a falcon, a fish, a dog and a baby crocodile, many of which were deliberately preserved to accompany royals for eternity
  • MUMAB, the first replication of Egyptian mummification done on a body in 2800 years
  • And much more….

Peek into the lives of ancient people and cultures from every region of the world to learn about past civilizations. What secrets do mummies hold about the past? What clues do they bring us for the future? A journey awaits as we unravel their mysteries in Mummies of the World: The Exhibition.

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