New Mummies, New Galleries, New Stories in Mummies of the World: The Exhibition Opening December 18 at the Leonardo

Showcasing a new collection of real mummies and artifacts, the most successful museum touring exhibition in the nation returns for a limited 79-day engagement

Nov 18, 2015, 09:00 ET from Mummies of the World

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mummies of the World, the largest exhibition of real mummies ever assembled and one of The Leonardo's most successful exhibitions already seen by more than 1.4 million people, will return December 18th with a new collection of real mummies and artifacts, galleries and stories, presenting a never-before-seen collection of naturally and intentionally preserved mummies from South America, Europe and ancient Egypt.

"People have always been fascinated with mummies," said Marcus Corwin, President of American Exhibitions, Inc., the producer of the exhibition.  "Wherever people have encountered mummies, they have been captivated as they represent something between life and death.  Remember, these are real people who had real lives like you and I," said Corwin.

This new collection explores the links between mummies, science and medicine including the Burns Collection, a historic collection of medical mummies dating from the early 19th century. These mummies have been used to demonstrate and teach anatomy, pathology and surgery during the early stages of formalized medical education. The exhibit also features MUMAB, a never-seen-before modern-day ancient mummy. This mummy, the first of its kind, was created in 1994 by Egyptologist, Bob Brier and Anatomist Ronn Wade, working together at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine using the same tools and techniques of the ancient Egyptians.

"The first engagement of Mummies of the World was one of the most successful exhibitions The Leonardo has ever displayed, and we are thrilled to bring its sequel back to Salt Lake City," said Alexandra Hesse, Executive Director of The Leonardo. "We especially appreciate how Mummies of the World allows us to make connections between ourselves and the entire human family."

Through modern science, engaging interactives and multimedia 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.

Mummies of the World will be on display December 18, 2015 through March 6, 2016.  For more information or to buy tickets, please visit or

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