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Make a mummy at Carnegie Science Center

A LOOK AT THE PAST — Mummy Mania Weekend, set for Feb. 22-23, is being held in conjunction with the Mummies of the World exhibition at the Carnegie Science Center. -- Contributed

PITTSBURGH — Talk to a scientist who mummified a real human, make your own miniature mummy to take home, explore the history and science of mummification, and more at Carnegie Science Center’s Mummy Mania Weekend, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22-23.

As Pittsburgh’s most-visited museum enters the last leg of Mummies of the World: The Exhibition’s Pittsburgh engagement, guests are invited to enjoy mummy-inspired activities and demonstrations throughout the center during this special weekend, plus guest experts will offer insights and answer visitor questions inside the exhibition gallery.

Mummies of the World, the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, presents an intriguing collection of 40 naturally and intentionally preserved mummies and 85 important artifacts from all over the world, including Europe, South America, and Ancient Egypt.

During Mummy Mania Weekend, visitors will have the chance to meet and talk to Ronn Wade, one of the scientists who mummified MUMAB — a real human mummy featured in the exhibition. MUMAB is the first authentic replication of the Egyptian mummification process done on a decedent body in 2,800 years. It took place in 1994 using the same tools and methods as described on ancient Egyptian papyrus. Wade was part of the two-man team that mummified MUMAB. Cal U’s Cassandra Kuba, an expert in anthropology, also will be on-site with students on Feb. 23 to chat with visitors about mummification.

Other Mummy Mania activities in the Science Center will include:

¯ Make-and-Take Mummy: Using craft sticks and other supplies, make your own mummy to take home.

¯ Mummy Match Game: See if you can match the mummy to the environment in which it was found.

¯ Pharaoh’s Phrog: Explore the history, science, and processes behind mummification at this live demonstration show in the Works Theater. This show includes the partial dissection of a preserved laboratory frog.

¯ Mummy Photo Booth: Snap mummy-inspired photos at a green-screen photo booth.

Mummies of the World tickets may be purchased alone or combined with science center general admission for a discounted price. Visit CarnegieScienceCenter.org for details.

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