Schools flocking to "Mummies of the World" exhibit as it enters its final weeks

Mummies exhibit draws record crowds

Author: Justin Horne, Meteorologist/Reporter, jhorne@ksat.com
Published On: Jan 09 2013 03:29:06 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 09 2013 04:44:38 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

As the Mummies of the World exhibit at the Witte Museum on Broadway sees its final weeks in San Antonio, students from across the area are taking advantage of the educational opportunity.

"It’s a new experience,” said Harmony School of Innovation student Jasmine Jimenez.

Jimenez’s class was the latest of many area schools that have made their way through the exhibit.

"It’s a little freaky, but it’s good to learn about them,” said Jimenez.

The centuries-old mummies are intriguing to all ages, but for this class, it is an once-in-a-lifetime experience that they would never get in a classroom.

"They learn about the artifacts and now they get to see the artifacts, so it becomes reality for them and it stays with them,” said Mrs. Johnson, their social studies teacher.

That idea was confirmed by wide-eyed expressions and plenty of questions and intrigue.

"I haven’t really seen any mummies unwrapped and it’s really cool. I saw a lot of cool stuff," said an excited Asdra Coronado, a classmate of Jimenez’s.

So far, the exhibit has seen a record number of visitors, young and old.

"It’s probably our most successful fall show. We've had over 65,000 visitors see the exhibit since it opened Sept. 29,” said Ralph Voight, vice president of visitor experience for the Witte Museum.

This is Mummies of the World's only stop in Texas and the exhibit officially closes on Jan. 27.