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Featured Mummy Museums @ Mummy Tombs

Southern United States Museums

 

Alabama

Anniston: The Anniston Museum of Natural History has two middle class Egyptian Mummies that date back to the late Ptolemaic period. 

Georgia

Atlanta: The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University has a number of Egyptian mummies and artifacts. 

Kentucky

Louisville: The Joseph A. Callaway Archaeological Museum at the Southern Baptist Seminary at 2825 Lexington Road features rare Bibles, a copy of the Rosetta Stone and a 2,700-year-old mummy. One visitor wrote the museum "is more of a college resource than an actual museum. The people at the Baptist Seminary were very friendly...[and] had no resistance to allowing me to check out the key, and no mention of a donation was made. My children and I were allowed as much time as desired to look over the exhibits. The mummy is treated with respect."

The Louisville Science Center (formerly the Museum of History and Science) has science, math and technology exhibits--and a 3,400-year-old Egyptian mummy named Then-Ho Tep. But please note that the mummy is sometimes taken off display, stored for a while, then put back out again so you may want to contact the museum to determine the status.  

The Speed Art Museum at 2035 S. Third St., displays a 2000-year-old ibis mummy, along with its storage jar.

Maryland

Baltimore: 

Night’s Little One (19th Century):A mummy of "an unknown demon,” otherwise called "Devil Man." Wrapped in garbage bags, the mummy had the appearance of the devil: horns, teeth, and...evil--well, make that we-evils, for the Devil Man mummy was infested with the little bugs.

Dwarf Mummy (date unknown): Found in Mexico, this was an excellent example of natural mummification in extremely dry heat.

Sand Mummies: Sand mummies are of unknown tribal origin but are found periodically in arid regions throughout the world.  These male and female midget specimens were two such examples.  Another prominent sand mummy has been erroneously dubbed “The Thing” and appears as a roadside attraction in Arizona.

Peruvian AmazonOver one thousand years old and over nine feet tall, this huge woman died and was naturally mummified in the cold, dry atmosphere of the Andes Mountains of Peru. She still wore the remains of her native clothing (and sandals).  (This was a Nelson Supply Company sideshow mummy.)

Egyptian Mummy from The Third Millennia: Im-Ho-Tation & His Transparent Glass Wand.

The museum also exhibited a two-headed calf, and "Fivey," the beagle with five paws. For an extra treat, you could also see the Lincoln Coprolite, supposedly the last bowel movement President Lincoln had (salvaged from a privy at Ford's Theater). However, scientific analysis revealed that this coprolite was not Lincoln's (for it contained the residue of some Necco Wafers--these were not available until some 20 years after Lincoln's death).  

Mery: "a mummy excavated between 1930 and 1931 in Deir el-Bahari, Western Thebes by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Egyptian expedition. It entered the Walters’ collection in 1941 by exchange with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has remained a mystery due to a lack of identifying inscriptions. CT scanning enabled scholars and scientists to learn, noninvasively and in a respectful manner, more about the subject. The results indicate that the mummy, encased in an elaborately decorated linen and plaster case, was a woman who was between 50 and 60 years old when she died.  She was quite small, even by the standards of her time, measuring only 57 3/8 inches. She suffered from severe dental problems, including at least sixteen abscesses, and one tooth had a dental prosthesis probably made from resin. Ancient dentists could not cure such dental problems so her death was possibly the result of septicemia caused by the abscesses." 

A small "counterfeit ritual" mummy in a black and gold coffin: The mummy is "made from a mixture of mud, sand, grain and seeds and wrapped in linen bandages. This counterfeit mummy is one of many examples of a corn mummy containing no body within the wrapping, but was nonetheless magically transformed into a “genuine” mummy through an ancient ritual. In this ritual, such figures were moistened so the grain would germinate and ensure resurrection in the afterlife. The corn mummy materials represent fertile land and allude to Osiris as god of fertility and vegetation. This corn mummy is on loan to the Walters from a private collection in Maryland." 

North Carolina

Statesville: The Arts and Science Center exhibits a mummy called Margaret.

Oklahoma

Shawnee: The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art exhibits the only Egyptian mummy in the state of Oklahoma.

According to the Tecumseh Countywide News & Shawnee Sun newspapers, "Tutu, as the mummy is now called, formerly was named Princess Menne. However, translation of the hieroglyphics revealed her true identity. Tutu went to the Shawnee Medical Center in 1991 to be x-rayed and those x-rays are available for viewing in the gallery."

Tennessee

Gatlinburg: The "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" Museum may have a mummy in addition to some shrunken heads, though I can't confirm that. Thank you for the tip, Daniel Appleton.

Knoxville: The McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) exhibits the mummy of a Theban priest, Dhed Khons Iwef - Ankh (on indefinite loan from the Oriental Institute in Chicago) as well as a number of sacred animal mummies & objects from Egyptian tombs. Free admission. Thank you, Daniel Appleton and TerishD.

Nashville: The Tennessee State Museum has a mummy-in-residence that was " mugged " by Union soldiers during the Civil War & searched for whatever valuables might be on it. Thank you, Daniel.

West Virginia

Philippi: At last report, the Barbour County Historical Museum displays two mummies made in the 1880s by a farmer named Graham Hamrick. Hamrick decided that he could make human mummies as well as the Egyptians had [after all, he told people that he had read up on mummification techniques in the Bible and had even practiced on dead animals], so he asked officials at the county insane asylum for  a body or two.  They complied with his request and provided at least two bodies. Hamrick mummified them and took them to the Smithsonian Institution where, according to one source, the bodies would not be accepted unless he told his mummification secrets.  Needless to say, Hamrick told nothing and brought the mummies home.  After his death, they toured with a European circus. Eventually, they were kept in storage in Philippi, until they were rescued from a flooded house in 1985 and put on display in the Barbour County Museum.