Animal Mummies Revealed

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14 October 2016 - 26 February 2017

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This fascinating exhibition explored ancient Egyptian animal mummies, prepared in their millions as votive offerings to the gods. Visitors had the opportunity to explore the background behind this religious practice in the context of life in ancient Egypt and the environment in which the animals lived.

The exhibition featured mummified specimens such as jackals, crocodiles, cats and birds and also included a recreation of a subterranean animal catacomb, creating an immersive and atmospheric experience.

Using animal mummies from a variety of UK collections, the exhibition looked at the use of science, such as CT imaging, to learn more about the subject.

World Museum worked on this exhibition in partnership with Manchester Museum, Glasgow Museums and The University of Manchester.

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Some of the animal mummies in the exhibiition

Researching Animal Mummies

18 January

There are just six weeks left to see our fascinating exhibition Animal Mummies Revealed! Dr Stephanie Atherton-Woolham and Dr Lidija McKnight from the Ancient Egypt Animal Mummy Bio Bank led on the research for the project, working closely with staff here at World Museum and Kelvingrove . Read more about Researching Animal Mummies

A bundle of mummified snakes wrapped in linen bandages.

Snakes mummy revealed

14 October

It’s been a busy week in the run up to opening Animal Mummies Revealed, but somehow we managed to fit in X-raying seven animal mummies. These mummies have never been studied in this way before and for a long time I’ve been intrigued by what we would find beneath the surface. Read more about Snakes mummy revealed

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