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Mummies exhibition coming to Carnegie Science Center

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Carnegie Science Center
“Mummies of the World: The Exhibition" features 125 real mummies and related artifacts. It’s coming Oct. 5 to the Carnegie Science Center on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Science Pavilion.

You might get wrapped up in this exhibition.

The largest collection of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled is coming to the Carnegie Science Center on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

“Mummies of the World: The Exhibition” features 125 real mummies and related artifacts.

It opens Oct. 5 in the science center’s PPG Science Pavilion.

The exhibit showcases the lives of ancient people from every region of the world including Europe, South America, and Ancient Egypt. Visitors will learn about these cultures through stories about the mummies. There are multi-media stations through which the stories of history and origins of the mummies are told.

The exhibit includes:

• “The Vac Mummies,” a mummified family from Hungary believed to have died from tuberculosis. The family was preserved in a small church until their remains and more than 250 other mummies were discovered by a bricklayer during repair work in 1994.

• Baron Von Holz, a German nobleman found tucked away in the family crypt of a 14th century castle wearing his best leather boots. The German perished in the castle while seeking refuge from the Thirty Years’ War.

• Egyptian animal mummies including a cat, falcon, snow rabbit, lizard, weasel, and fish. Some were preserved to accompany royals for eternity.

• MUMAB, the first authentic replication of the Egyptian mummification process done on a body in 2,800 years. The mummification took place in 1994 using the same tools and methods as described on ancient Egyptian papyrus.

Pittsburgh is a perfect place for this exhibit because the city is known for its arts and culture, John Norman, managing director of IMG Exhibitions, which produces the exhibition, said in a statement.

“This exhibition has proven to be one of the most popular exhibitions traveling the globe as it has a unique and engaging way of providing insight into the lives and cultures of these ancient people unlike any exhibition of its kind before it,” he said. “We say that, ‘Inside every mummy is a story waiting to be told,’ and Mummies of the World tells thousands of years of captivating stories.”

The exhibit has been viewed internationally by over 1.9 million visitors, officials said.

Timed tickets available Sept. 3.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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