Mummies of the World Opens at MOSI

The Museum of Science and Industry’s newest exhibit offers guests a view of mummies from Europe, Asia, Egypt and South America – even a 6,420-year-old child mummy from Peru.

The Mummies of the World attraction is making its fifth stop in Tampa during its seven-city tour.

The exhibit, featuring a collection of 150 artifacts, begins today and runs through Sept. 3.

Some of the mummies were intentionally preserved, like the typical Egyptian mummy that was treated with resin and wrapped.  Others were naturally preserved from a lack of moisture or oxygen.

Among the mummified remains are an 18th-century Hungarian family who died from the plague and a German nobleman who was found in a 14th-century castle wearing fully intact leather boots.

With dead bodies as the highlight of this exhibit, the museum advises parents to be aware of its content before taking young children.

The exhibit focuses on the science of mummification.

Mummies of the World drew sell-out crowds in its opening stop in Los Angeles in July 2010.  Since its premiere, the exhibit has received more than half a million visitors.

Ticket prices for the Mummies of the World event begin at $12.95 for children ages 2-12; $16.95 for seniors; and $18.95 for adults.

The exhibit will take one to two hours to explore.

To make reservations, call (813) 987-6000.