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If you’re in Portland this summer, plan time for a visit to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, where the Mummies of the World exhibition is open to visitors from June 14, 2013.
Traveling to select cities during a three-year U.S. tour, Portland is pleased to be the next city on the mummies exhibit schedule.
The Portland mummies exhibit is the largest of its kind ever assembled, with some astonishing highlights contributed by 21 museums in seven countries. The collection includes mummies and associated artifacts from several continents, as ancient as 6,500 years. Of course, some visitors will be surprised to learn that mummies are not only found in Egypt.
Scientists, historians, and archeologists study mummies to make determinations about past civilizations, cultures, rituals, religious beliefs, diseases, and much more. With the aid of modern technology, researchers have new, non-invasive ways of learning even more. These finding are shared via 3-D animation and interactive exhibits at the Portland museum. Curators suggest that every mummy has a story to tell and secrets to reveal.
Timed entry and selected date ticketing is being offered online by OMSI, the host museum, so visitors can plan in advance. The average visit is suggested at 90 minutes. The Portland mummy exhibit is open Monday through Thursday and on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., with last entry one hour prior to closing. Exhibition tickets for adults are $21, students and seniors $19, youth $13, and these tickets do provide access to the entire museum on that date. Audio tours in English and Spanish are available at an additional $5.
The Portland Mummies of the World exhibition remains open through September 8, 2013.