PORTLAND - The mummies are invading Portland. Next month the Mummies of the World exhibition will debut at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
The collection of rare mummies from South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Egypt is the largest such exhibit ever assembled, organizers said. Mummies include a 6,420-year-old child mummy from Peru among the 150 specimens and objects.
The Vac Mummies are a mummified family from Hungary believed to have died from tuberculosis. Baron von Holz, a German nobleman, was found tucked away in the family crypt of a 14th century castle wearing his leather boots and another, is an ancient Peruvian woman naturally mummified in the desert air with mysterious tattoos on her face and chest.
There's also a howler monkey from Argentina was found adorned with a feather skirt and headdress.
Thanks to modern tools from biology and chemistry, medical imaging, DNA science and even 3D animation, young people and adults will gain a deeper understanding of people, cultures and environments of the past, OMSI President Nancy Stueber said.
Mummies of the World will be on display at OMSI from June 14, 2013 through September 8, 2013.