A rare display of mummies is coming to the Buffalo Museum of Science this April. For anyone who has ever wanted to see the results of mummification via both natural processes and intentional practices, the Mummies of the World exhibition is a highly anticipated close-up look into a world that is both mysterious and enlightening. Buffalo is one of only a handful of cities that has been selected to display the exhibit. “When we first learned about the fascinating mummies in this exhibition, we knew we had to bring the exhibit to Western New York,” said Mark Mortenson, president of the Buffalo Museum of Science. “Mummies of the World is one of the top-notch traveling exhibitions in North America and we are so happy and proud to bring this unique and compelling collection to our region. We expect visitors to travel from across the state of New York, Southern Ontario, Pennsylvania and as far as Michigan to come face-to-face with mummies presented from so many distinctive regions around the globe.”
Mummies of the World offers an inside look into the process of mummification, allowing visitors to the exhibit to travel back in time to learn about the different cultures throughout the world that practiced in the art. According to the Museum of Science, the mummies and the artifacts to be displayed include the Vac Mummies (a mummified family from Hungary believed to have died from tuberculosis), the Baron von Holz (a German nobleman found tucked away in the family crypt of a 14th century castle wearing his best leather boots), and MUMAB also known as the Maryland Mummy (a modern-day ancient mummy created by scientists in 1994 using the same methods as ancient Egyptians).
In a day and age where people are still attempting to escape death by preserving their legends in any way that they can, this is a fascinating look at some of the earliest men known to be embalmed. “We are excited to bring the world premiere of our brand-new collection to Buffalo,” said Marc Corwin, president of American Exhibitions, Inc. “Mummies of the World is changing centuries-old perceptions about what the general public thinks about mummies and the mummification process providing insight into the medical discoveries and 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 to this great city.”
Mummies of the World will be on display at the Buffalo Museum of Science for a limited time, commencing April 12, 2014. For more information, please visit www.sciencebuff.org or www.mummiesoftheworld.com.
Lead image: Three Egyptian Heads
These Egyptian mummy heads are part of the Mummies of the World exhibition, the largest traveling exhibition of mummies and artifacts ever assembled. Two centuries ago, Egyptian mummies were frequently cut into pieces and sold, often to tourists. (Photo credit: American Exhibitions, Inc.)
Michael Orlovits (1765-1806) is part of a naturally mummified family found in a church crypt in the town of Vác, Hungary in 1994. The crypt was established in 1729 and sealed in 1838, and a combination of relative humidity, ventilation, temperature and the pine coffins helped to preserve the bodies. (Photo credit: American Exhibitions, Inc.)
Specialists prepare to use endoscopy to examine the mummy of Veronica Orlovits, a naturally-preserved mummy from a church crypt in Vác, Hungary. The mummy is from the 18th century, and there are church records to identify the woman and members of her family who were also buried in the crypt.(Photo credit: American Exhibitions, Inc.)
Endoscopy was used to take a small tissue sample from the abdomen of Veronica Orlovits. The tissue will be tested for the presence of Heliobactor pylori, which has been linked to stomach ulcers and stomach cancer. (Photo credit: American Exhibitions, Inc.)
Dr. Heather Gill-Frerking, mummy specialist, and Dr. Harry Zegel, Chief of Lankenau Medical Center Department of Radiology, examine a 600-year-old child mummy from South America prior to CT scanning. (Photo credit: American Exhibitions, Inc.)