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Mummies of the World arrive at OMSI

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - OMSI President Nancy Stueber examines one of the displays at the new exhibit in the Southeast Portland science museum, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition.Having traveled westward nearly 800 miles from its last stop in Salt Lake City, the largest exhibition of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled has arrived at Southeast Portland’s Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), and opened to the public on June 14th.

At the opening of “Mummies of the World: The Exhibition”, American Exhibitions Inc. President Marcus Corwin pointed out, “Not all mummies come from Egypt. In fact, this exhibit will show you mummies and related artifacts from South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania – as well as ancient Egypt.”

The exhibition goes beyond simply the showing of deceased individuals, Corwin told THE BEE. “We have an expression: ‘Inside every mummy is a story to be told’. Today, with modern tools, scientists are able to study mommies non-invasively. Radio-carbon dating, DNA analysis, and beautiful imaging, now allow people to see what scientists see when they study a mummy.

“Most of the study concerns how many people lived and how they died,” said Corwin.

OMSI President Nancy Stueber chimed in, “It is rare to find a collection of mummies from different cultures, in different countries, from all over the world. It’s not typically something you can see at one museum. The fact we can bring it here to the Pacific Northwest is really pretty exciting.”

The exhibit of about forty mummies really is family fare, Stueber remarked. “The ‘Hollywood image’ of mummies is that they can be scary – but this is not like that. They’re really fascinating, and not frightening.

“Most of all, this is a great opportunity to learn about who these people were, when they were alive,” Stueber explained.

The exhibit is elegantly designed and tastefully presented. The collection, points out OMSI, is presented with reverence and dignity.

“Mummies of the World: The Exhibition” is open to the public in OMSI's Featured Hall during regular museum hours until September 8. There is an additional fee to view this exhibition.

Learn more by visiting the OMSI website: HYPERLINK "www.omsi.edu" www.omsi.edu