MILWAUKEE, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking for some family-friendly fun this Spring Break? Look no further than Mummies of the World, the largest display of real mummies ever assembled, currently on display at the Milwaukee Public Museum. The Museum is offering extended hours Friday, April 15 through Monday, April 25, 2011 from 9am to 9pm to accommodate Spring Break crowds.
Mummies of the World dispels some of the notions and misconceptions about mummies, and features an astounding collection of 150 objects including real human and animal mummies, and related artifacts from South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Ancient Egypt. Through modern science and engaging interactive and multi-media exhibits, the exhibition 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. It also demonstrates that mummification – both through natural processes and intentional practices – has taken place all over the globe, from the hot desert sands of South America to remote European moors and bogs.
Mummies of the World bridges the gap between past and present with state-of-the-art science tools and techniques, showing how science can shed light on the historical and cultural record around the world. The exhibition's interactive displays allow viewers to learn about many different aspects of mummy studies, including where mummies come from, what they feel like, how scientists investigate mummies, and much more. Adults and children alike will have fun exploring the more than 150 mummies and related artifacts within the exhibition and learning the stories behind the mummies and what happened to them.
The treasures presented in Mummies of the World include the Detmold Child, one of the oldest mummy infants ever discovered; the Vac Mummies, a mummified family from Hungary; the Baron and Baroness, discovered in a 14th century castle in Sommersdorf, Germany; and Egyptian animal mummies, intentionally preserved to accompany royals for eternity.
Mummies of the World is a timed-entry ticketed event. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Tickets are available online at www.mpm.edu or by calling (414) 223-4676.
For more information about the exhibit: www.mummiesoftheworld.com.
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