Mummies of the World

This new exhibit, Mummies of the World, opens at the Franklin Institute on June 18.

By Nichole Baldino

The famous Mummies of the World exhibit is described as “the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled”. It’s making it’s East Coast Debut at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia’s favorite  science museum, on June 18 and will remain open to the public until October 23.

In the exhibit, visitors can learn about the ancient practice of mummification, as well as the ancient people that took part in it. It is comprised of over 150 real human and animal mummies dating back 6,500 years. These mummies originated from Asia Oceania, South America, Europe, and Ancient Egypt.

Mummification happens two ways: naturally and artificially.

According to the Mummies of the World official website, “natural mummies are preserved by the environment in which they died”. Climates that are hot and dry or cold and dry aid in this process.

Artificial mummification is the practice of bandaging or wrapping the dead as part of a burial tradition. This was most commonly done by the Ancient Egyptians. During the exhibit, visitors will come face-to-face (quite literally!) with both types of mummies. The Franklin’s tradition of hands-on displays coupled with multi-media exhibitions guarantees this to be a unique and unforgettable experience.

Included in the exhibit will be the “Detmold Child” – a Peruvian child mummy from 6,420 years ago, “Baron von Holz” – a 17th century nobleman, and various animal mummies – an Egyptian cat whose cast is elaborately decorated, a howler monkey dressed in a grass skirt, and a lizard from the Sahara desert.

Visitors can visit the mummies and explore the museum seven days a week. The mummies will stay up past museum hours  Thursdays through Sundays from 5 to 8:30pm, with the last admission at 7pm.

On these nights, tickets are $19.50 for adults, $17.50 for seniors, and $14.50 for children. On regular business hours (9am to 5:30pm) admission is $26.50 for adults, $24.50 for seniors, and $19.50 for children, but includes admission to the rest of the museum. Tickets can be purchased on their website or at the Franklin Institute.


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