The largest touring collection of mummified remains and related artifacts ever assembled is coming to the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami on Saturday, May 27, 2023. Mummies of the World: The Exhibition will reveal the true lives of ancient people from all over the world, including Europe, South America, and Ancient Egypt. The exhibition will be on view through Monday, September 4, 2023.
Mummies of the World features the mummified remains of 40 real humans and animals and 80 rare artifacts from across the globe. The exhibition provides 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.
“This exhibition has proven to be one of the most popular exhibitions traveling the world. It has an engaging way of providing insight into the lives and cultures of these ancient people, which is important because these were real individuals with unique stories,” says Dr. Cassie Freund, director of science communication at Frost Science. “We like to say, ‘Inside every mummy is a story waiting to be told.’ Mummies of the World tells thousands of years of captivating stories. Through modern science and technology, their secrets are now revealed.”
Mummies of the World: The Exhibition demonstrates how mummification can take place through both natural and intentional practices. Included in the collection are:
- MUMAB, the first authentic replication of the Egyptian mummification process done on a decedent body in 2,800 years.
- Baron von Holz, a German nobleman found tucked away in the family crypt of a 14th century castle wearing his best leather boots.
- The Orlovits Family, a mummified family discovered in a long-forgotten crypt of a small church in Vác, Hungary in 1994.
- Shrunken heads from South America, typically associated with the Jivaro culture of Ecuador, where members of the group have traditionally shrunk the heads of enemies captured in battle.
- Egyptian animal mummies including a cat, falcon, snow rabbit, lizard, weasel and fish, some of which were deliberately preserved to accompany royals for eternity.
The exhibition also highlights 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.
Mummies of the World: The Exhibition is presented by NEON and World Heritage Exhibitions, LLC.
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. For more information on the exhibition, please visit frostscience.org/mummies.