A new blockbuster exhibit comes to downtown Phoenix on Sunday, Feb. 10. “Mummies of the World: The Exhibition” features 40 human and animal mummies and 85 rare artifacts. The exhibit, which will travel to the Arizona Science Center from Hungary, offers a look at life in ancient Egypt, South America and Europe.
Multimedia stations will take visitors on a 4,500-year journey to explore the mummies’ history and origins as well as how they were created. Highlights of “Mummies of the World” include:
➊ Vác Mummies: a mummified family from Hungary believed to have died from tuberculosis, preserved in a small church until the remains of 265 mummies were discovered in 1994 by a bricklayer during repair work.
➋ Baron Von Holz: a German nobleman found tucked away in the family crypt of a 14th century castle wearing his best leather boots after perishing in the castle while seeking refuge from the Thirty Years’ War.
➌ Egyptian animal mummies: including a cat, falcon, fish, dog and baby crocodile — many of which were deliberately preserved to accompany royals for eternity.
➍ MUMAB: the first authentic replication of the 2,800-year-old Egyptian mummification process, performed on a deceased Maryland man in 1994 using the same tools and methods as described on ancient Egyptian papyrus.
Tickets for “Mummies of the World: The Exhibition” are $7.95-$11.95 plus general Arizona Science Center admission: $18; $13 ages 3-17; free for ages 2 and younger. 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix.