Events in NYC
03/20/17 through 01/07/18
American Museum of Natural History
200 Central Park West (at 79th St.) Map
Mummies brings you face to face with some of these ancient individuals and reveals how scientists are using modern technology to glean stunning details about them and their cultures.
In Mummies, ancient remains from the Nile Valley of Africa and the Andes Mountains of South America will be on view, allowing visitors to connect with cultures from the distant past. Mummification, a more widespread practice than most think, was used not only for royal Egyptians but also for common people and even animals. The process was employed by cultures around the world. In the Chancay culture of Peru, mummifying deceased family members meant relatives could keep connected with their loved ones; some families even brought mummy bundles to festivals. Egyptians, on the other hand, created mummies to help individuals enter the afterlife, often encasing the mummies in elaborately painted sarcophagi. At Mummies, interactive touch tables let visitors virtually "unravel" or see inside mummies as they delve deep into the unique stories of the people or animals who lie within. Other parts of the exhibition showcase the latest isotopic and DNA testing being performed on mummies, and explain how these sophisticated analytical techniques are helping scientists discover important clues about long-vanished practices. Mummies was developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.
Venue Description: A museum for the 21st century, with a rich and storied past and one of the greatest natural history museums in the world, with over 40 exhibition halls. Open daily from 10am to 5:45pm except on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Upcoming Events at American Museum of Natural History
AMNH Presents: Celebrate Pacific Northwest Cultures - 10/01/16 - 05/06/17
AMNH Presents: The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter - 12/10/16 - 05/29/17
AMNH Presents: Celebrate Pacific Northwest Cultures - 01/07/17 - 05/06/17
American Museum of Natural History Presents: Adult Digital Flight School - 03/22/17 - 05/03/17
American Museum of Natural History Presents: Immersive Dome Experience - 04/10/17 - 05/26/17
Identification Day - 05/06/17