Reporting Mike Schuh
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — From the BMA, to the Walters and the Science Center, Baltimore has seen some amazing exhibits come to town.
As Mike Schuh reports, exhibits for the latest show at the Science Center, Mummies, have come from all over the world.
The stars of this show have been waiting for you. They’ve been waiting for centuries.
“This is a really cool exhibition. We’ve brought together mummies from 20 different museums from all over Europe,” said Heather Gill-Frerking, “Mummies” director of science.
It is, in fact, the largest collection of mummies ever assembled for a show.
Egyptian? Sure, right here. But these mummies come from all over the world, too.
“We’ve got crypt mummies from Hungary and southern Germany. We’ve got beautiful mummies from South America. And, of course, we’ve got Egyptian mummies, just as you’d expect to see,” said Gill-Frerking.
Besides people, there are animals too, like howler monkeys.
While the Egyptians made mummies, some of those in the show were mummified by nature.
“And a lot of mummies are naturally preserved. There was no human intervention at all. So we get the chance to show you the difference between natural and human mummification,” Gill-Frerking said.
“A lot of people find them a little off-putting. But the thing is, you’ve got to recognize them as people,” she continued. “They have the chance to share so much of the past with this, things that we couldn’t possibly understand otherwise. And I think once you see them in person, you get a completely different idea of who they were.”
More than a million people have seen the exhibit. It was put together by Baltimore native, Marc Corwin.
“This is a nine city U.S. tour and it’s fantastic to end the tour in Baltimore, where I have friends and family. This is a great exhibit,” Corwin said.
Sometimes, you can see something just once and remember it forever. Odds are, there is something here that might fit the bill.
Now there have been long lines at other museums that have carried the show, but lucky for us, it runs through Jan. 20.
The price for the show is $24 for adults, $18 for kids, except on “Mummy Mondays,” when the charge is $15 for kids.