of the World: The Dream of Eternal Life
is currently touring the United States.
Here is the
schedule so far:
Maryland Science Center,
Oregon Museum of Science and
Lake City, UT
Witte Museum, San
of Science and Industry, Tampa, FL
Center, Charlotte, NC
Institute, Philadelphia, PA
Public Museum, WI
|| December 17,
California Science Center, Los Angeles
|| November 28,
The exhibit, which
is based on the work of the German Mummy
consortium of scientists and researchers from fifteen European institutions) originated at the
Reiss-Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany, where it
was called "Mumien: Der Traum vom ewigen Leben." It made a subsequent
stop at the South Tyrol Museum of
Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy (Ötzi's home),
before arriving in Los Angeles in July 2010.
The exhibit will visit additional cities over the next few years.
Don't despair if you can't make a trip to
the exhibit, because
a huge book, entitled Mummies
of the World, is available. Published by Prestel, the
book is 378
pages long and filled
with excellent photographs (and 30 chapters) about many unusual and not-well-publicized mummies
from around the world. It was written to accompany the original exhibit in
Germany which featured many, many more mummies than the U.S. exhibit does. Originally scheduled
to have 70 mummies, the U.S. version of the exhibit has been pared
down to just 45 mummies, with some 95 related
artifacts. The book will give you an idea of what the
exhibitors had in mind.
Here are some sample pages (click the
thumbnail to see the page in a new window):
Images from the
book are posted with the permission of Prestel Publishing.