Information For Families

Adults and children are welcome and encouraged to visit Mummies of the World. Families across the country have enjoyed the exhibition, now having been visited by over 1.6 million people across the nation. As each and every family is different and some children are at different stages of development, we recommend that you become familiar with the exhibition before deciding whether or not to share the experience with your child. The below questions have been answered to help you understand and share with children the premise of the exhibition.

Family Looking at a Mummy


What’s It All About?

Mummies of the World is designed to teach us how mummies are created through both natural processes and intentional practices. The exhibition is comprised of real mummies and artifacts from Europe, South America and Ancient Egypt, some of which date back more than 4,500 years. You will learn that mummification has occurred throughout history in various cultures and environments. Through hands-on interactive exhibits you will discover how current science tools enable us to study mummies without unwrapping or otherwise damaging them. Most of the mummies on display have been recently studied with some of the latest science technology, so that we may find out new information about them. Studying mummies provides insight into ancient peoples, environments and civilizations.

Are the Mummies Real?

Mummies of the World is an exhibition of real human and animal bodies that have been preserved through mummification. Mummification occurs after death and is an interruption of the normal process of decomposition.

What Is A Mummy?

Mummification is a process where some of the soft tissue of bodies are preserved. Soft tissues are those parts of an organism that usually decay soon after death: skin, muscle, internal organs, hair and nails. Preserved bones and teeth without soft tissue are not mummified remains.

Where Do These Mummies Come From?

The mummies on display were found in countries all over the world and have been taken care of in museums for over 100 years. The museums have loaned the mummies to this exhibition so that everyone can learn from them.