Mummies of the World opens at Cincinnati Museum Center

Largest collection of mummy artifacts ever assembled shares science and stories of mummification

CINCINNATI – The nationally-recognized Mummies of the World exhibition made its Cincinnati debut at Cincinnati Museum Center. The exhibition presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the real science and real stories behind real mummies from around the globe. The exhibition will run through April 2015 at Cincinnati Museum Center.

Mummies of the WorldMummies of the World is the largest exhibition of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, showcasing a collection of naturally and intentionally preserved mummies. This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancient mummies and important artifacts from around the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and even North America.

Included in the collection are the Orlovits family, a mummified family from Vac, Hungary believed to have died from tuberculosis in the 19th century. There is also a German nobleman, Baron von Holz, a soldier of the Thirty Years War, found tucked away in the family crypt of a 14th century castle wearing his best leather boots. In addition to shrunken heads from tribes of Ecuador and Brazil, there is also a mummy found in the bogs of the Netherlands. And of course, there are mummies from ancient Egypt, displayed with their beautifully-painted sarcophagi, detailing their status and accomplishments in life as well as their lineage.
“When we first learned about the impressive mummies in this exhibition, we knew we had to bring it to Cincinnati,” says Douglass W. McDonald, president and CEO at Cincinnati Museum Center. “Mummies of the World is an incredible glimpse into the fascinating mummification process that occurs in nature and also into the history of science, anatomy and medicine across the globe. We are thrilled to bring this top-notch exhibition to our region, inviting visitors to come face-to-face with mummies presented from so many distinctive parts of the world and to share in their stories.”
Through modern science and engaging interactives, this astounding collection of over 150 artifacts reveals how the scientific study of mummies provides a window into the lives of ancient people, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations. Mummies of the World will instill a sense of curiosity and wonder in each visitor.
“We are excited to bring Mummies of the World to Cincinnati,” says Marcus Corwin, president of American Exhibitions, Inc. “Most people think mummies come from Egypt and are wrapped, but mummies come from all over the world. This exhibition is changing centuries-old perceptions about what the general public thinks about mummies and is providing insight into the lives and cultures of these ancient people. Inside every mummy is a story waiting to be told, and Mummies of the World is here to tell those stories.”
Mummies of the World will be on display at Cincinnati Museum Center through April, 2015. For tickets and more information visit