Mummies of the World
Mummies of the World is the largest mummy exhibition ever to tour the United States. "Visitors will embark on an exciting and historical journey around the globe, with mummies representing several continents and spanning thousands of years, and will include 70 human, animal and reptilian mummies gathered from the four corners of the world," said Dr. Wilfried Rosendahl, Curator of the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums, Mannheim, Germany. Unlike exhibits which feature only Egyptian mummies, this remarkable and compelling exhibition demonstrates the different processes of mummification and serves to educate visitors as to their respective cultures. The collection includes ancient mummies and important artifacts from Asia, Oceania, South America and Europe, as well as ancient Egypt, and demonstrates how mummification can be a natural process; one which occurs in hot, dry desert sands, in eternal ice, in moors and bogs and even, amazingly, in dry cellars.
Never in history has there been such an important collection of mummies and artifacts. Dignified, reverent and scholarly, the Mummies of the World exhibition melds science, culture and history, while utilizing state of the art scientific and forensic research.
Mummies of the World, presented by American Exhibitions, Inc. in association with the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums, Mannheim, Germany, will commence its limited three-year engagement at major U.S. museums and science centers in July of 2010.
The Reiss-Engelhorn Museums, an internationally-acclaimed complex in Mannheim, Germany, has been one of the major venues for exhibitions in Europe in the realms of archeology and world cultures. With a collection that began in the early 1700's, the museum houses over 1.2 million objects in its collection, comprising over 300,000 square feet of exhibition space.