I had the opportunity to go check out the Mummies of the World Exhibit that just opened at the Cincinnati Museum Center. What’s it all about and how do you decide if you want to bring your kids?
The exhibition is designed to teach how mummies are created through both natural and intentional processes. You will learn that mummification has occurred throughout history in cultures and environments worldwide. Through hands-on exhibits and by viewing real mummies, you will discover how current scientific tools enable us to study mummies without unwrapping or otherwise damaging them. Each of the mummies on display has been recently studied with some of the latest science technology, so that we may uncover new information. Studying mummies provides insight into ancient peoples, environments and civilizations.
When you do purchase your ticket, you are given a time slot. They allow groups to go back to the exhibit every 15 minutes and you must watch an ethics video before they allow you to enter into the exhibit. Make sure you arrive EARLY. There were a few very unhappy people who arrived at the time stated on their ticket only to find the group had already gone and they had to wait until the next time slot.
What did we see? There were a few interactive and hands on teaching opportunities, somewhat creepy shrunken heads, a collection of 45 different REAL human and animal Mummies from all over the world and ancient artifacts and tools used for mummification. The stories behind the Mummies were the most interesting to me! My favorite was MUMAB, the first modern-day, hand-made Mummy from the University of Maryland.
Overall, the exhibit was fantastic and would make for a great “date night” for you and the hubby or a girls day with friends. This would be a must see exhibit for older kids as a school science project or for those who are home schooling and looking for a great teaching opportunity. Also make sure while you’re at the Cincinnati Museum Center that you see the Omnimax movie, Jerusalem. It was outstanding and very kid-friendly…at the most, your kids might be a little bored but it is a great history focused G rated film in my opinion.