Time is running out to experience Mummies of the World The Exhibition at the Witte Museum. This unforgettable exhibit explores the world of mummies and mummification and runs through January 27, 2013.
Mummies of the World is one of the largest exhibits in the world featuring mummies and related artifacts. Visitors are instructed to completely power off their cell phones before entering the exhibit hall and requests them to be as quiet and respectful as possible. Inside it is dimly lit and cold with somber background music.
These mummies are not only human but animal as well and were created both naturally by the environment and intentionally. Egyptian priest would sometimes mummify animals like falcons and sell them to people who offered them to Horus the god of the sky. Pets were also mummified, especially cats, which were worshipped as incarnation of gods. They come from all over the world including Egypt, Asia, the Netherlands and South America (where people practiced mummification before the Egyptians.)
here are numerous interactive and multi-media exhibits that use 3-D technology to explain everything from the process of mummification to decomposition in action. A hands on exhibit encourages people to feel how fur, linen and naturally preserved skin feel like.
This is an educational and eye-opening exhibit about mummies and mummification. Even though it labeled as family friendly it might not be suitable for very young children.