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Mummy exhibit provides teaching moments for parents (+photos)

Published: Monday, Feb. 18 2013 9:20 p.m. MST

“You see the wonder and the curiosity that children come at the world with and sometimes when you get older, you forget,” Davis said. “And sometimes I think parents learn just as much from their kids, as far as looking at the world with curiosity, so it becomes a multi-generational experience.”

“Having that experience even above and beyond the actual content that they learn is so wonderful as  a family,” Davis said. “You understand how much we have in common with people who lived thousands of years before us. You see how important family is by the way they handle their departed relatives and you see how important community is and you realize that these are things that make us human."

The exhibition recommends that parents discuss the contents of the exhibition with their children before they visit, explaining what a mummy is, how they came to be and where they came from.

“Remind your child that the mummies are no longer living,” the American Exhibition wrote in an online parent guide. “They were once real people, but they don’t look like everyday people now because the mummification process alters the way they look in many ways.”

"Sometimes we forget how magical it is for people who come to this exhibit," said Alexandra Hesse, president and CEO of the Leonardo Museum. "I remember as a kid, when my dad took me out for the day, those moments when it was just him and I were among my favorite of memories."

Both adults and children are welcome to attend, though the museum suggests that adults become familiar with the exhibit before deciding to bring children. Parents can peruse mummiesoftheworld.com for additional information.

The exhibit, made possible by a collaboration of 21 museums and organizations across Europe, originated from the re-discovery of 20 mummies in a museum storage area at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany, in 2004.

The museum is open Sundays to Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The exhibit runs from Feb. 16 to May 27. Tickets are $18 for children, $22.50 for adults and $19.50 for seniors, youths, students and military. Audio tours are available for an additional $5.

E-mail: rlowry@desnews.com

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