The new "Mummies of the World" exhibition has started from July 1, 2010 in Southern California at the California Science Center. On 17th February, 2010 American Exhibitions declared that the “Mummies of the World” exhibition features over 150 objects and artifacts, traveled nearly 6,000 miles from the four corners of the world. Ancient mummies and important artifacts from Asia, Oceania, South America and Europe as well as ancient Egypt, dating as far back as 6,500 years are included in this collection.
The term “mummy” means a dead body whose skin and organs have been preserved by either intentional or incidental exposure to chemicals, extreme coldness, very low humidity, or lack of air when bodies are underwater in bogs. For the very first time, Mummies of the World which is an amazing collection of both naturally and deliberately preserved human and animal mummies, in addition to related artifacts from all over the world are presented together in California, Science Center, LA
One of the oldest mummified infants ever discovered; the presentation of a mummified family; a German nobleman discovered in a family crypt; and Egyptian animal mummies, intentionally preserved to accompany royals for eternity, etc are included in its treasures. Mummies of the World shows how current science tools enable us to study mummies in new and non-invasive ways, allowing unprecedented insights to past cultures and civilizations through engaging interactive exhibits. Description about different types Mummies is as follows:
- The Orlovits family was part of a group of 18th-century mummies discovered in a long-forgotten church crypt in Vác, Hungary in 1994. Michael and Veronica Orlovits and their son Johannis were among those preserved by the cool, dry air and oil from the pine boards used to build their coffins. Extensive research including DNA analysis offers answers about their conditions and cause of death. They are on loan from the Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest.
- Egyptian animal mummies are elaborately wrapped in painted linen bandaging, holding fascinating clues to life and death in ancient Egypt. The Egyptian cat mummies in this exhibition date to the Ptolemic period, and show how Egyptian cats were ritually embalmed in a lengthy process using salt and various resins. These mummies are on loan from various museums in Germany.
- The Detmold Child is a Peruvian child mummy in a remarkable state of preservation, radiocarbon dated to 4504-4457 B.C. -- more than 3,000 years before the birth of King Tut. A recent CT scan investigation reveals details about the child's age, health and cause of death. It is on loan from the Lippisches Landes museum in Detmold, Germany.
- Baron von Holz is a 17th-century nobleman believed to have died in Sommersdorf, Germany during the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648). He was discovered in the family crypt of the von Crailsheim family's late 14th-century castle, still wearing his top boots. CT scans revealed clues about his anatomy, age, and approximate date of birth and death. Baroness Schenck von Geiern, another von Crailsheim ancestor, was found in the family crypt, loaned by Dr. Manfred Baron von Crailsheim, Sommersdorf.
The exhibit has revealed how the scientific study of mummies provides a window into the lives of ancient peoples from every region of the world. The mummies also call from South America, Asia and Germany where the museum project began several years ago. DNA testing, CT scanning and radio carbon dating are done by the Researchers to learn more about how humans – and animals - lived and died thousands of years ago.
William Harris, senior vice president for exhibits at the California Science Center, said the display didn’t just originate in Egypt. Harris said, “We’ll have an actual family found in a crypt in Bosch Hungary”. “They lived in the 1700s and we now know they all died of consequences of tuberculosis. So for the first time we’re actually going to study them and do cat scans telling more about tuberculosis in the 1700s.”
A 6,420-year-old child mummy from Peru which is one of the oldest mummies ever discovered and also joins an amazing collection of mummies and related artifacts in the extraordinary exhibition Mummies of the World. About 6,420-year-old child mummy from Peru, Vice president of American Exhibitions, James Delay said, “The oldest right now is a mummy that’s well over six thousand 500 years old”, “It’s a small mummy that because of science it was radio carbon dated to show that it’s well over 6,500 years old. Quite a bit older than King Tut or even Otzi, the Ice Man in Italy.”
Over the next three years, the “Mummies of the World” exhibit will be traveled to seven cities.
Mummies of the World tickets are "timed tickets," valid only for specified admission date and time. It is advisable to buy online tickets. It is suggested that you allow 75 minutes to view the exhibition. You can buy special exhibit tickets by three ways:
You can purchase ticket 24*7. There is a $2 per ticket service charge on all online orders. After that, you have to print your ticket at home and also tickets will be emailed to you at your provided email ID. You have to print your ticket within 48 hours after that printing is not available. There will be a $5.00 reprinting fee at the box office.
Telephone sales are available 7 days a week between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. by calling (323) SCIENCE or (213) 744-2019. You cannot buy ticket on same day by phone sales. $3 is per ticket service charge on all telephone orders. Additional charges for delivery/shipping methods are included.
At California Science Center:
You can buy your ticket at California Science Center box office during regular museum hours—10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis. There is no guarantee that tickets will be available on the day of your visit. It is advisable to purchase the ticket in advance.
|Mummies of the World Individual Ticket Prices|
|Adults (Age 18-59)||>$19.50
Child* (Age 4-12)
Youth (Age 13-17)
|Student with ID||>$16.50
|Seniors (Age 60+)||>$16.50
|Mummies of the World Group Ticket Prices**|
|Adults (Age 18-59)||>$15.00|
Youth* (Age 4-17)
|Seniors (Age 60+)||>$15.00|
|School Groups (K-12)||>$9.50 ***|
|Mummies of the World and IMAX Combination Ticket Prices|
|Adults (Age 18-59)||>$25.75|
Child* (Age 4-12)
Youth (Age 13-17)
|Student with ID||>$21.50|
|Seniors (Age 60+)||>$21.50|
The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
For recorded information, including IMAX show times, call at 323.SCIENCE (323-724-3623) or visit www.californiasciencecenter.com
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