We recently became members of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and as members, that includes free admission to special exhibits like the new "Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs."
The display, created by Chicago's Field Museum, includes a look at 20 mummies (many of which have never been on public display) from both ancient Egypt and Peru.
This exhibition reveals these people’s burial secrets, new details about their lives, and the societies they lived in.
Also on display will be richly decorated coffins, sarcophaguses, mummification tools, and mummies of birds, cats, and crocodiles. At interactive touchtables, you can “unwrap” layers of mummies, to see the precious objects the bodies were buried with, as well as vivid details about the individual children, teens, and adults who lived out their lives in ancient times. Using the modern technology of CT scanning, scientists have revealed a detailed look into long-vanished cultures of Peru and Egypt.
The Blogger Kids were armed with plenty of questions about why the practice once existed, and what happened to it. We took photos of some of the displays, but honored the museum's request not to photograph any of the human remains on display.
The Mummies exhibit continues through Jan. 18. The NHM is open 9:30 am - 5 pm every day (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day).