Mummies of the World exhibition is making its East Coast debut at The Franklin Institute on Saturday, June 18, 2011. This collection of mummies and related artifacts includes a 6,420-year-old child mummy from Peru, one of the oldest child mummies ever discovered (and almost twice as old as King Tut), it is claimed.
Mummies of the World is said to be the first exhibition of its kind to be showcased at The Franklin Institute, portraying both naturally and intentionally preserved mummies from around the world.
The exhibition features a collection of 150 artifacts and real human and animal specimens from South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Egypt.
Through modern science and engaging interactive 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 insights into past cultures and civilizations.
It also demonstrates that mummification – both through natural processes and intentional practices – has taken place all over the globe, from the hot desert sands of South America to remote European moors and bogs.
In addition to the Detmold Child, the treasures presented in Mummies of the World include the Vac Mummies, a mummified family from Budapest; the Baron and Baroness, discovered in a 14th century castle in Sommersdorf; and Egyptian animal mummies, intentionally preserved to accompany royals for eternity.
The Mummies of the World exhibition was developed by Mummies of the World Touring Company, LLC in association with the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums (REM).