Mummies from around the world in Houston

Houston is now home to the largest display of mummies ever assembled in the world.

Houston is now home to the largest display of mummies ever assembled in the world.

The exhibit called "Mummies of the World" opens Saturday and stays until next May.

On display are iconic Egyptian mummies, Peruvian mummies, baby mummies and even animal mummies.

Each of them tells a story.

"Did they have any trauma? Were they living with trauma? Were they living with dental disease? It all tells us a little bit more about the individual as well the culture they come from,” said curator James Schanandore, Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

There is an entire family of mummies. They were found in Hungary in a church crypt -- dad, mom and a baby boy, Schanandore said.

Tuberculosis claimed all three lives. Remains like theirs are accidental mummies, the curator said. Unlike the Egyptians, their remains were not intentionally prepared to retard decay. Their remains were placed in burial places that turned out to be perfect for preserving them.

Tickets to see the mummies are $30 for adults and $20 for kids.  This exhibit is not included in the Museum District’s free Thursday afternoons offer.

For more info, visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science's website.


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