Animal mummies

Through modern science and interactive and engaging exhibits, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition will completely transform your perception of mummies and mummification.

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In addition to a number of amazing benefits, Frost Science members get to see Mummies of the World: The Exhibition first! Members are invited to an exclusive sneak preview of the exhibition on Friday, May 26. Click here to become a Member today.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition features the mummified remains of 40 real humans and animals and 80 rare artifacts from across the globe. The exhibition provides a window into the lives of ancient people from nearly every region of the world including Europe, South America, and Ancient Egypt, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations. This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, will enthrall with dramatic displays of the mummies and their personal stories. State-of-the-art multimedia stations will take you on a 4,500-year journey to explore the histories and origins of the mummified remains, as well as how they were created. Inside every mummy is a story waiting to be told. Through modern science and technology, their secrets are now revealed.

Egyptian cat mummy

The exhibition highlights real advances in the scientific methods used to study mummified remains, including Computed Tomography (CT), DNA analysis and radiocarbon dating, all of which allow researchers to learn about the lives, histories and cultures of these ancient people and animals. Who were they? Where did they come from? And what can they teach us?

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition demonstrates how mummification can take place through both natural and intentional practices. Included in the collection are:

  • 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 who had arthritis and a broken left hip at the time of his death
  • Egyptian animal mummies including a cat, falcon, snow rabbit, lizard, weasel and fish, some of which were deliberately preserved to accompany royals in the afterlife
  • MUMAB, the first replication of Egyptian mummification done on a body in 2,800 years
  • And much more….

Additional Information

This exhibition contains human remains, including those of children. We understand and acknowledge there are a variety of cultural and religious perspectives on the display of deceased individuals. We display this special exhibition for educational purposes. Guests who have not previously experienced an exhibition like this one may wish to focus on its educational aspects.
We ask all guests who choose to view this exhibition act respectfully and with a sense of dignity, and encourage you to refrain from taking photographs.

To access our family guide, please click here

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Mummies of the World: The Exhibition will be on view from Saturday, May 27, 2023, through Monday, September 4, 2023, inside the Hsiao Family Special Exhibition Gallery on the first floor of the Museum. Admission to Mummies of the World: The Exhibition is included with all Museum admission tickets.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition is presented by NEON and World Heritage Exhibitions, LLC.

Click here to access the Mummies of the World: The Exhibition Educator Guide for curated activities, worksheets and more.

Did You Know?

A Story Waiting to be Told

A mummy is a dead body of an animal or human that has been preserved after death so that it does not decompose. To be considered a mummy, the body must keep some of its soft tissue.


Mummies of the World: The Exhibition
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