Feb. 17-April 22
The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Tickets are included in Discovery and All-Access passes, $22-$29
for adults, $18-24 for seniors and students with ID, and $15-$20
for children 4-11.
The Field Museum is opening its vaults this month to show off
some very special mummies.
Many of the more than 20 mummies from Egypt and Peru that will
be featured in a new exhibit, Opening the Vaults: Mummies, have not
been on display since the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago
The oldest mummy is 7,000 years old.
The excitement at Field over creating the new exhibit began
after anthropologists used non-invasive CAT scans on the mummies
"New science technologies are giving us a way to look at them in
new ways," says Gretchen Baker, exhibitions planning and operations
director at the Field. She called the images from the scans "really
enlightening," giving scientists new insights into ancient Egypt
While mummies are always fascinating, she says she hopes
families walk away from the exhibit thinking how cool it is to see
something that's usually in a vault and excited about how today's
technology can help reveal so much about ancient life.
She recommends the exhibit for families with older elementary
age children. Included in the 50 pieces of the exhibit, for
example, are mummified heads that might trouble younger
The mummies will return to the vault after the exhibit, making
this a once-in-a-lifetime must-see.
Tamara is the editor of Chicago Parent and mom of three.
See more of Tamara's stories here.
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