The Mummies of the World exhibition officially opened last week at MOSI in Tampa (Museum of Science and Industry). Nearly 5,000 people were in attendance on opening weekend and is proving to be a success as the exhibition’s exclusive Florida engagement.
Mummies of the World presents a never-before-seen collection of rare mummies from around the world, including South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Egypt. Featuring a collection of 150 specimens and objects, Mummies of the World is the largest exhibition of real human and animal mummies and related artifacts ever assembled.
“We are excited to bring Mummies of the World to Tampa,” said Marc Corwin, president of American Exhibitions, Inc. “Most people think mummies come from Egypt and are wrapped, but mummies come from all over the world. The exhibition is changing centuries-old perceptions about what the general public thinks about mummies and providing insight into the lives and cultures of these ancient people. Inside every mummy is a story waiting to be told, and Mummies of the World is here to tell those stories.”
The rare and ancient objects presented in Mummies of the World include a 6,420-year-old child mummy from Peru, dating 3,000 years before King Tut; a mummified family from Hungary believed to have died from tuberculosis; and long black hair intact; and a howler monkey from Argentina, with its fierce expression and adorned with a feather skirt and headdress.
Mummies of the World will be on exhibition at MOSI through Sept. 9, 2012 and advanced reservations are highly recommended. Mummies of the World is a timed-entry exhibition, so before making a purchase, visitors will be asked to select the date and time of their visit. Tickets can be purchased by calling (813) 987-6000. For more information, visit mosi.org or mummiesoftheworld.com.