I want my mummy!

OMSI hosts the largest collection of mummies and related artifacts ever

Published Jun 21, 2013 at 05:00AM

Mummy research has come a long way since Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. With the use of state-of-the-art technologies like computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, DNA analysis and 3-D animation, mummies provide a tangible link to the past.

The largest collection of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled is currently on display in the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry’s newest exhibit, “Mummies of the World.” Produced by American Exhibitions, Inc. in partnership with the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum in Germany, the exhibit will run through Sept. 8 in Portland.

“Most people think mummies come from Egypt and are wrapped, but mummies come from all over the world,” said American Exhibitions’ Marc Corwin in a news release. “The exhibition is changing centuries-old perceptions about what the general public thinks about mummies and providing insight into the lives and cultures of these ancient people.”

The exhibit features 150 objects and specimens, including real human and animal mummies and related artifacts from South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Egypt, according to the news release. Highlights include a 6,420-year-old child mummy from Peru, a family discovered in a long-forgotten church crypt in Hungary, a 17th-century nobleman from Germany and the sarcophagus and mummy of an Egyptian man named Nes-pa-qa-shuti.

“Mummies of the World” was derived from the research of the Germany Mummy Project, led and curated by the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany. It debuted at the California Science Center in 2010 and is currently on a limited three-year U.S. tour. This is the first time the exhibit has been shown in the Pacific Northwest.

Ticket prices for the exhibit — including access to the entire museum — are $21 for adults, $19 for seniors (ages 63 and older) and students (with identification) and $13 for youth (ages 3 to 13). An audio tour is available for an additional $5. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.omsi.edu or call 800-955-6674.