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Facts about the new Field Musuem exhibit

Updated: March 17, 2012 10:25AM

If You Go . . .

“Opening the Vault: Mummies” at the Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive

Runs Feb. 17 through April 22

“Mummies” is included in the museum’s Discovery and All-Access passes, which are $22-$29 for adults, $18-$24 for seniors (65 years and older) and students with ID and $15-$20 for children 3 to 11. Chicago residents get discounted admission with ID.

For more information, go to or call (312) 922-9410.

Fast Facts

• Most of the mummies in the exhibit were obtained by the Field Museum from the 1893 World’s Columbia Exposition, held in Chicago.

• In July 2011, Genesis Medical Imaging Inc. lent a portable CT scan unit in a 53-foot truck trailer to the Field Museum for the mummy scans. The scans were done in the museum’s west parking lot.

• The CT scans showed one of the Field’s mummies had no torso. Grave robbers may have been responsible.

• Mummified gazelles, birds and a human head from the Nasca people of southern Peru join the bodies on display.

• Ancient Egyptians mummified bodies in such a way to allow the dead person to travel to the “other world” and back each night. Tomb objects were meant to be travel aids.

• Peruvian mummies were not embalmed but preserved through dry desert air.

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