Family Guide

We welcome you and your children to experience Mummies of the World: The Exhibition. In this blockbuster exhibition, guests come face-to-face with the largest collection of mummies ever assembled. We encourage you to bring your children, however every child is different. Please take a moment to review the information below and decide if your child will enjoy Mummies of the World.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask any of our team members.

Common questions to discuss with your child

What is this exhibition all about?

Mummies of the World is designed to teach us how mummies were created throughout history in various cultures and environments and as a result of
both intentional and natural processes. The exhibition contains real human and animal mummies and artifacts from Europe, South America and Ancient Egypt, some of which date back thousands of years. Through interactive exhibits, you will discover how current science tools enable us to study mummies without unwrapping or otherwise damaging them. Studying mummies provides insight into ancient peoples, environments and civilizations, and many of the mummies on display have been recently studied with the latest technology, so that we may uncover new information.

What is a mummy? 

Mummification is the process where some of the soft tissues of a deceased body are preserved. Soft tissues are those parts of an organism that usually decay soon after death including skin, muscle, internal organs, hair and nails. Preserved bones and teeth without soft tissue are not considered mummified remains. Mummies were once real people or animals. They no longer look like the people and animals you see every day because the mummification process alters the way they look in many ways.

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.

Where do these mummies come from?

The mummies on display were found in countries all over the world and have been taken care of by universities and museums for many years. Those institutions have loaned the mummies to this exhibition so everyone can learn from them. The exhibition features a group of fascinating mummies and artifacts on loan from 12 world-renowned museums, organizations and collections coming from five countries.

Highlights include:

     • The Vác Mummies, a mummified family from Hungary believed to have died from tuberculosis

     • 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

     • The Burns Collection, a group of medical mummies used to teach anatomy in the early 19th century

     • Animal mummies including a falcon, a fish, a hare, and a cat some of which were deliberately preserved to accompany Egyptian royals for eternity and some of which were naturally mummified

     • MUMAB, the first experimental mummy made in 1994 by researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

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