Mummies of the World in its final days in Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES – Mummies of the World, one of the most successful exhibitions in the California Science Center’s 13-year history, will be closing on November 28, 2010, leaving those, interested in viewing the exhibition, only days to attend before it travels to the Milwaukee Public Museum. Since announcing extended hours to accommodate crowds, the exhibition has experienced exceptional attendance over the past several weeks.

Mummies of the World, which opened to sold-out crowds on July 1, welcomed its milestone 100,000th visitor just seven weeks after its world premiere. Due to popular demand, the Science Center has extended hours through the close of the exhibition November 28. Extended hours cover Friday, November 19 thru Sunday, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on the final weekend of November 26 -28 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Visitors to Mummies of the World come face-to-face with mummies and related artifacts from South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Egypt. The exhibition includes some amazing specimens, including a child mummy from Peru that pre-dates the birth of King Tut by 3,000 years; ancient Egyptian animal mummies; an 18th-century mummified family discovered in a Hungarian church; and a 17th-century German nobleman preserved in the crypt of his family’s castle.

“It’s gratifying to see that the public is taking advantage of this rare opportunity to learn about the science involved in the study of mummies and we are thrilled that we had the opportunity to be the first in the country to host such a groundbreaking exhibit,” says Jeff Rudolph, president of the California Science Center.

“This exhibition traveled nearly 6,000 miles to become part of the rich and diverse culture of Los Angeles,” says Marc Corwin, president of American Exhibitions, Inc. “We anticipate a lot of traffic to Mummies of the World in its remaining week in Los Angeles, and we encourage people to plan ahead so they won’t miss their chance to see it.”

“This exhibition is a prime example of the kind of cultural and educational attractions that Los Angeles is known for,” says Michael McDowell, the Senior Director for Cultural Tourism for LA INC., the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Mummies of the World’s popularity has exceeded our expectations. We think the exhibition’s final week at the California Science Center will be a great success.”