'Mummies of the World' arrive at Witte Museum
Exhibit will showcase real mummies, related artifacts
SAN ANTONIO - The Mummies of the World exhibition arrived in at the Witte Museum on Wednesday morning.
More than a hundred artifacts and more than 40 mummies from all over the world were unloaded from a large moving truck with extreme precision.
"It is a remarkable challenge to ship these mummies. We have highly trained curators who pack and check all of the mummies before and after all of the shipping and we have specially prepared vehicles that have extra cushioning and, of course, the crates are all individually custom-made crates for these mummies," said Dr. Heather Gill-Frerking, director of science and education for the Mummies of the World
The exhibit includes mummies from all over the world, including some mummified animals.
The mummies are well-preserved. Most have hair, fingernails and the garments they were wearing.
The oldest mummy is a 6,420-year-old baby from Peru that's 3,000 years older than King Tut
"They are people just like you and," said Marcus Corwin, CEO of American Exhibitions Mummies of the World Exhibition. "They lived real lives and I think you, as I have, will really get a connection to who these people were."
Each of the mummies has been studied using modern science and technology to unlock the mystery about who they were and how they came to be mummies.
"Inside every mummy is a story waiting to be told and mummies of the world tells many many stories," said Gill-Frerking.
The stories will be shared during a four-month visit at the Witte Museum, which is the only stop scheduled in Texas during the three-year tour.
The exhibit opens to the public on Sept. 29.
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