Come face-to-face with the largest collection of mummies ever assembled. 

Premiering the evening of February 9 with the Center's Galaxy Gala
Opens To the Public on February 10 Through September 2, 2019

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition features 40 real human and animal mummies and 85 rare artifacts from across the globe. This blockbuster exhibition, arriving in Phoenix straight from Budapest, Hungary, provides a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world including Europe, South America and Ancient Egypt, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations.

The exhibition will enthrall guests with dramatic displays of the mummies and their personal stories, as well as state-of-the-art multimedia stations that will take guests on a 4,500-year journey to explore the mummies’ history and origins as well as how they were created.

Highlights include:

  • The Vac Mummies, a mummified family from Hungary believed to have died from tuberculosis, preserved in a small church until the remains of 265 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 boots after perishing in the castle while seeking refuge from the Thirty Years' War 
  • Egyptian animal mummies including a cat, a falcon, a fish, a dog and a baby crocodile, many of which were deliberately preserved to accompany royals for eternity
  • MUMAB, the first authentic replication of the 2800-year-old Egyptian mummification process, performed on a deceased Maryland man in 1994 using the same tools and methods as described on ancient Egyptian papyrus

         Note: Mummies in the exhibition may vary by market. 


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Mummies of the World: The Exhibition is the must-see exhibition of 2019.

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Adults (18+) $9.95 | Child (3–17) $7.95
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Members-Only Preview | Sunday, February 10, 8:3010 a.m. 

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Non-Members

Adults (18+) $11.95 | Child (3–17) $9.95
General Admission: Adults: $18 | Child: $13
General admission is required to visit the featured exhibition.

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Groups of 15+

$6 Adults and Children
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Mummies of the World: The Exhibition requires a timed-entry ticket and purchase of general admission. Advance purchase is highly recommended. Guests can purchase tickets online or in person at Arizona Science Center.

Be one of the first to see it on Saturday, February 9 at Galaxy Gala, our annual celebration benefitting the Center's mission of STEM education.  For more information or to reserve your table, contact Judi Goldfader at 602.716.2014 or goldfader@azscience.org.
 

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Mummies of the World Galleries

This gallery explores several environments in which bodies can preserve as a result of the natural environment. Human and animal mummies in this gallery include those from hot, dry environments in South America, a natural sand-­‐salt environment in Egypt, an African desert, an alpine glacier, a German castle crypt with constant airflow and an acidic peat bog from the Netherlands.

This gallery presents mummies that have been prepared by humans for cultural reasons. The human and animal mummies in this gallery include an elaborately bandaged cat, two adults from Ancient Egypt and several shrunken heads from South America. Various artifacts associated with the preparation of the dead in Ancient Egypt will also be included, such as beautifully painted wooden sarcophagus, ushabtis and mummy beads.

This gallery centers around MUMAB, a body recently mummified following the techniques used by Ancient Egyptian embalmers, with detailed scientific documentation of the process. This gallery will include not only the mummy, but several of the tools used to prepare the body, all of which were replicated from original Egyptian embalming.

This gallery explores the links between mummies, science and medicine. Aside from showing mummies prepared for medical purposes, this gallery will also include examples of the application of scientific and medical techniques for the analysis of mummies, and the important shift from autopsy to modern medical science to study mummies. The exhibits will include several anatomical mummies from the Burns Collection of the Maryland School of Medicine, South American mummies (with detailed 3D animations from the CT scans of the mummies) and church crypt mummies from Hungary (with discussion of the past and present scientific studies of tuberculosis).

Mummies of the World Activities

Through modern science, engaging interactives and multimedia exhibits, Mummies of the World reveals how the scientific study of mummies provides a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations. The exhibition’s electronic and mechanical interactive displays allow visitors to experience mummies like never before.

An interactive world map shows how mummies created through natural processes and intentional practices have been found all over the world and in many different extreme environments, including deserts, bogs, caves and salt deposits. A timeline explains how the mummies in this exhibition fit in with our understanding of mummies and their history.

An interactive station allows visitors to experience what bog bones, bog skin, embalmed skin, linen bandage wrapping and mummified animal fur feel like.

A video browser shows how decomposition happens on a variety of organisms.

The Mummyologist’s™ Tool Kit demonstrates how researchers study mummies through methods such as visual inspection, X-­‐rays, CT scans, DNA analysis, radiocarbon dating, rapid prototyping and stable isotope analysis.

A touch screen interactive shows how CT scans offer more depth than two-­‐ dimensional X-­‐rays, and teach amateur mummyologists™ how to read them.

Scroll through a compilation of the spells, hymns and instructions in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which help lead the deceased through the obstacles of the afterlife – including gods, monsters, and confusing pathways on the way to eternal life.

Match the image of the mummies to the causes of death to learn what tools can help find the answers.

Mummies of the World FAQs

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

Mummification takes place when the process of decay is blocked, generally from a lack of moisture or oxygen. This can happen as an intentional process, which is sometimes referred to as intentional or artificial mummification, or as a natural process, which is sometimes referred to as natural or accidental mummification.

Some cultures, like the Egyptians, practiced intentional or artificial mummification, removing the internal organs and treating the corpses with some type of resin or chemical (often called embalming), and then bandaging or wrapping them. Natural mummification often occurs as a result of an environment where temperature, humidity or other conditions have preserved the remains. This may have happened accidentally, when people either died in locations where environmental conditions preserved the bodies or when people were purposely placed in locations that would mummify the body, such as a dry, cool cave, a bog or crypt.

The human and animal mummies in Mummies of the World were once real living people and animals and represent the wide variety of mummies that have been found in different regions of the earth. Every mummy in Mummies of the World is treated with dignity and respect.

Mummies provide a window to the past, teaching us about the lives, history, and cultures of every region of the world. By studying mummies, we can learn more about the times and places in which they lived. Through modern science, their bodies tell us scientific facts; how tall people were and how long they lived, what kinds of food they ate and the diseases and injuries they suffered from. Clothing, jewelry and other personal artifacts placed on or with a mummy can tell us about the person’s status and lifestyle, as well as the values, beliefs, and attitudes of the culture in which they lived. By knowing how people lived long ago, we can better understand how differently people live today. This allows us to observe how cultures change over time and give us insight into how our own culture may change in the future.

Not all mummies come from Egypt and are wrapped. In fact, mummies come from all over the world and have been found on every continent. Mummies of the World features mummies from Europe, South America and ancient Egypt. The collection includes mummies that have been intentionally preserved, and mummies that have been naturally preserved and found in places as varied as deserts, caves, salt, sand, cellars, crypts and bogs.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition will be on view from February 10 to September 2, 2019. Be one of the first to see the exhibition, tickets available for Galaxy Gala, February 9. Use the button above in the ticket pricing section.

Yes. Mummies of the World: The Exhibition requires a timed-entry ticket. Advance purchase is highly recommended. Guests can purchase tickets online or in person at Arizona Science Center.

 

Non-Members
Featured Exhibition: Adults: $11.95 | Children (3–17): $9.95
General Admission: Adults: $18 | Children (3–17): $13
General admission is required to visit the featured exhibition.

 

Members
General Admission: FREE
Featured Exhibition: Adults: $9.95 | Children (3–17): $7.95

On weekday mornings, you’ll likely encounter lots of adorable, happy young faces from kids across the valley on field trips. If you prefer a quieter atmosphere, we suggest grabbing lunch and then coming to the Center after 1 p.m.

 

Strollers are not permitted inside the exhibition due to the fragile artifacts within. There is a designated space outside the exhibition entrance where you can park your stroller.

Arizona Science Center is generally busiest during the late mornings and early afternoons. The exhibition has scheduled entry times. This allows guests to have the best experience. We recommend purchasing online to reserve your time slot. Please note, however, that same-day admission tickets for Mummies of the World: The Exhibition will not be sold after 4 p.m. to allow guests adequate time to view the exhibition.