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Midwest United States Museums


Chicago: "Inside Ancient Egypt," the permanent exhibit of The Field Museum, houses quite a few mummies, including about twenty human mummies, many animal mummies, and (oh, yes) a wrapped hand.  The exhibit is displayed in a reconstruction of the Egyptian tomb of Unis-ankh. On your way in, visitors pass by the accidental Egyptian mummy of a 50-year-old woman. She was mummified over 5500 years ago, when she was buried in the sand and her bodily fluids dried out from the heat of the sun.

The Oriental Institute in Chicago also displays many mummies in its newly remodeled Egyptian exhibit, including these:

Just as exciting are a number of objects, many of them from King Tut's tomb. These include the dishes used for King Tut's funeral banquet in 1323 B.C. Unlike the other lavish treasures discovered in his tomb, these simple plates and bowls are made from red clay and rustically shaped. A few even have hieroglyphs indicating the food to be placed on the plate (such as "four cakes of wheat" and "seven grapes").

Other important objects used in making Tut's mummy (knives, bags of natron crystals, and other tools) are displayed as well.


Richmond: The Wayne County Historical Society Museum displays an Egyptian mummy from the Third Intermediate Period (around 900BC) with a Ptolemaic Period mummy mask. The mummy is a male, between the ages of 30 and 35. His coffin was intended for a female, however; this was a common occurrence in Egypt, where coffins were often used and reused with disregard for the gender of the mummy.

All three items (mummy, mask, and coffin) were purchased at the same time by Julia Meek Gaar, who amassed most of the museum's collection of historical items.

The mummy reportedly had a difficult time making its way to Indiana. According to an article in the local Palladium-Item newspaper, "Mrs. Gaar had been...looking for items to bring back to Wayne County. She found the mummy [in Cairo] and bought it, but had to wait 11 months for the Egyptian government to decide whether or not to release the items. She wasn't above pulling strings. She wrote President Herbert Hoover, who contacted the state department, and secured the release of the mummy for Wayne County."

Today, the mummy (along with its facial reconstruction by a forensic artist), the mask, and the coffin are featured in a new exhibit. Visitors are always welcome at 1150 N. A St., Richmond, Indiana. For further information, visit the museum's website.


Wichita: The Museum of World Treasures in Old Town (835 W. First Street) displays an almost 3000-year-old Egyptian mummy along with other interesting historical items.


Minneapolis: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has a female Egyptian mummy on display in its galleries.

The Science Museum of Minnesota also has an Egyptian mummy. 



St. Louis: The St. Louis Art Museum exhibits a 3,000-year-old mummy named Amen-Nestawy- Nakht and its cartonnage coffin. According to Linda Harre, "he was originally a priest at the temple of Karnak. The Museum produces a newspaper called the Mummy Times that is quite informative with many pictures and facts." Thank you, Linda.

J. Young also writes that there are two additional mummies at the museum: Pet-Menekh, a priest from the Ptolemaic period, and Henut-Wedjebu a priestess from the 18th Dynasty who has a black pitch and gold coffin ("which is supposed to be a rarity for Egyptian coffins" exhibited in the United States). Thank you, J.


Cincinnati: The Taft Art Museum/Museum of Natural History has two Egyptian mummies from the Ptolemaic/Roman period. 

Cleveland: The Cleveland Museum of Natural History displays the body of Balto the Sled Dog, who garnered fame in the 1920s for delivering diphtheria serum in Alaska. The museum also houses the Hamann-Todd Osteology collection which includes the skeletons of 900 apes and monkeys as well as the skeletons of some 3100 local citizens collected early in the Twentieth Century by two Cleveland medical professors (the human skeletons were unclaimed bodies from the local morgue); the collection is only available to researchers. But the collection also includes at least one Egyptian Mummy that was reduced to bones, except for its head.

Columbus: The Ohio Historical Society's Museum (Ohio Village portion) has an Egyptian mummy and coffin from the late dynastic period. [Doug Lowry notes: "the Columbus mummy and the Dayton mummy (see below) were from the same donor in the 1920's. The Columbus museum chose its mummy on the basis of the elaborate coffin. Dayton got the plainer coffin and the remainder of the artifacts. These include many votive statuettes, a cat mummy and coffin, alabaster unguent jars and jewelry." Unfortunately, a recent visit by TerishD revealed that the coffin lid is now closed, and the mummy unavailable for viewing.  Thank you, Doug Lowry and TerishD. 

Dayton: The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery has a small display on ancient Egypt, which includes a female mummy with coffin from the late dynastic period. According to Doug Lowry, "Several years ago, CT-scans of the mummy's head were made and on the basis of these a sculptural reconstruction of her appearance in life was done." 

Toledo: The Toledo Museum of Art has at least one mummy. Long thought to be the mummy of a woman who lived during the 26th Dynasty, the mummy was recently discovered to belong to a man (perhaps a priest) who died during the Third Intermediate Period (approximately 800 B.C.).