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Last Updated 02 November 2013

 

United States Museums: Pennsylvania

Philadelphia: 

The Academy of Natural Sciences displays two mummies (one male, one female) inside a reconstruction of an Egyptian tomb located in African Hall on the second floor. The male mummy was an Egyptian priest who lived 2800 years ago. The female mummy (sometimes called Annie) lived about 2200 years ago. A facial reconstruction of Annie was recently done and should also be on display.  

The Mütter Museum at the College of Physicians, though not technically a mummy museum, does display a number of medical mummies (many replicas) and skeletons for use by doctors-in-training, though the museum is open to the public. The specimens are hard to take for most people: deformed or otherwise unusual body parts (and occasionally whole bodies) are exhibited. One small part of the exhibit is "a collection of twisted horns that once sprouted from human arms or foreheads," according to writer Polly Shulman. For more information, look for the October 1999 issue of Discover which includes a one-page review of the museum. Two photos are included with the article: one shows a plaster cast of conjoined twins. Not for the squeamish!

Reading: The Reading Public Museum displays a female Egyptian mummy dating from 550 to 250 B.C. as well as a cat mummy. (Thank you, S. J. Wolfe of the American Antiquarian Society.)

 

 

 

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