Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 17, 2022

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A deadly show

It’s the largest exhibit of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, and until October 23 it’ll be at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute. Mummies of the World features 150 real animal and human mummies and artifacts including Detmold Child, a 6420-year-old child mummy from Peru that’s almost twice as old as King Tut. The child died at 10 months of pneumonia and circulation failure, was wrapped in linen and then buried with an amulet around its neck.

A mummified family from Budapest will also be on view as will a baron and baroness discovered in a 14th-century castle in Germany as well as Egyptian animal mummies intentionally preserved to keep their royal masters company for all eternity.

The exhibit reveals that mummification has been practiced around the world — intentionally or not — from the desert sands of South America to remote European moors and bogs. The exhibit set attendance records in its previous showings in LA and Milwaukee in 2010. Timed-and-dated-daytime tickets range from US$19.50 to US$26.50 and include general admission to the museum. After-5pm-evening tickets — US$19.50 adults, US$14.50 youth — is to Mummies only. (215) 448-1200;

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