Special Exhibit


Through January 7, 2018

Detail view of the layers of the headdress of the Gilded Lady mummy, made from papyrus and linen, topped with a gold-painted face.

For thousands of years, peoples around the world practiced mummification as a way of preserving and honoring their dead.

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.

Discover when, how, and why ancient Egyptians and Peruvians were mummified and find out who they were in life. This show features an up-close look at rarely-exhibited mummies as well as interactive touch tables, rare artifacts, and cutting-edge imaging.


Discover more about Mummies!


Mummies is co-curated by David Hurst Thomas, curator of North American Archaeology in the Division of Anthropology and John J. Flynn, Frick Curator of Fossil Mammals in the Division of Paleontology.

Mummies was developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the Richard and Karen LeFrak Exhibition and Education Fund.

Mummies is proudly supported by


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Photo credit: © 2015 The Field Museum, A115214d_035B, photographer John Weinstein