CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 40 precious mummies arrived in Charlotte on Tuesday under security detail as part of the upcoming Mummies of the World exhibition at Discovery Place. This normally hidden portion of exhibition load-in was opened for media coverage by Discovery Place in conjunction with the exhibition's producer. The mummies traveled more than 500 miles from Philadelphia to make their highly-anticipated Charlotte debut as part of the must-see Mummies of the World exhibition—the largest exhibition of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled.
Upon arrival, the security detail and exhibitors signed over the mummies for the Museum's safe-keeping and key executives and experts spoke to the press about the upcoming exhibition, which opens at Discovery Place on Friday, November 11, 2011. Marc Corwin, president of American Exhibitions, Inc. – producer of the groundbreaking exhibition – was joined by John Mackay, president and CEO of Discovery Place for the occasion, embracing the arrival of the mummies to Charlotte. Also on hand to speak with the media about the science and background of the highly acclaimed exhibition was Dr. Heather Gill-Frerking, the Scientific Research Curator for the German Mummy Project (GMP), which is based in Mannheim, Germany, at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums, a cooperation partner in the Mummies of the World exhibition.
"We are excited to bring Mummies of the World to Charlotte, and the arrival and official hand-off of the mummies to a new venue is always a special day," said Corwin. "Mummies of the World provides an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see real human and animal mummies from around the world. It's truly an eye-opening experience. We think the Charlotte market will welcome and embrace the chance to explore the lives and cultures of these ancient people and civilizations."
Following the arrival, curators and exhibition staff will work day and night on the load-in and installation of the exhibition, which is set to debut at Discovery Place on November 11, 2011. These curators will work around the clock to ensure the mummies are properly displayed prior to opening, and treated with reverence and dignity.
"We are proud to be able to host such a world-class collection," said Mackay. "This is a truly unique opportunity to experience mummies from around the world, demonstrating that mummies do not just come from Egypt but can be found around the globe. Discovery Place is honored to be able to offer such a perception-changing and thought-provoking collection to the region."
Mummies of the World is a timed-entry ticketed event. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Tickets can be purchased by calling (704) 372-6261 or online at discoveryplace.org.
SOURCE Mummies of the World