Mummies of the World Exhibition Makes Intermountain Region Debut At The Leonardo February 16, 2013

   Mummies of the World Exhibition Makes Intermountain Region Debut At The
                          Leonardo February 16, 2013

Modern science and technology offer compelling window into the past

Largest collection of mummies ever assembled to make Intermountain Region
premiere for limited engagement

PR Newswire

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 24, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The nationally recognized
Mummies of the World exhibition will make its Intermountain Region debut at
The Leonardo, a contemporary museum fusing science, technology and creativity,
on Saturday, February 16, 2013. The presentation in Salt Lake City will mark
the seventh stop of the exhibition's exclusive three-year tour of the United
States. This astonishing collection of mummies and related artifacts includes
a 6,420-year-old child mummy from Peru ("Detmold Child") dating 3,000 years
before King Tut. The exhibition has been declared as "Magical and mythical"
by the New York Times presenting a never-before seen collection of rare
mummies from across the world -- including South America, Europe, Asia,
Oceania and Egypt -- that spans eons of time and transcends history. The
Intermountain Region debut of Mummies of the World is sponsored by Merit


With its astounding collection of 150 specimens and objects, Mummies of the
World is the largest exhibition of real human and animal mummies and related
artifacts ever assembled. Through modern science and engaging interactive and
multi-media exhibits, the exhibition reveals how the scientific study of
mummies provides a window into the lives of ancient people, offering
unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations. It also
demonstrates that mummification – both through natural processes and
intentional practices – has taken place all over the globe, from the hot
desert sands of South America to remote European bogs.

"The Leonardo has the unique ability and mission of bringing major educational
experiences like Mummies of the World to the people of Utah and the
Intermountain West," said Alexandra Hesse, executive director of The
Leonardo. "Thanks to modern tools from biology and chemistry, medical
imaging, DNA science and even 3D animation, young people and adults will gain
a deeper understanding of people, cultures and environments of the past. In
doing so, we hope to instill a sense of curiosity and wonder in each visitor."

"Supporting The Leonardo in bringing Mummies of the World to this community is
a natural fit for Merit Medical," said Fred Lampropoulos, CEO of the company,
which develops, manufactures and distributes medical devices. "The continued
success of our business depends on a well-educated local workforce. By
supporting unique educational experiences that inspire young people to explore
careers in science and technology, we are enriching our community, and
stepping up as a corporate citizen. We appreciate this opportunity to give

In addition to the Detmold Child, the rare and ancient objects presented
inMummies of the Worldinclude the Vac Mummies, a mummified family from
Hungary believed to have died from tuberculosis; the Baron von Holz, a German
nobleman found tucked away in the family crypt of a 14^thcentury castle
wearing his best leather boots; an ancient Peruvian woman naturally mummified
in the warm desert air, with mysterious tattoos on her face and chest, and
long black hair intact; and a howler monkey from Argentina, with its fierce
expression and adorned with a feather skirt and headdress.

"We are excited to bring Mummies of the World to Salt Lake City," said Marc
Corwin, president of American Exhibitions, Inc. "Most people think mummies
come from Egypt and are wrapped, but mummies come from all over the world. The
exhibition is changing centuries-old perceptions about what the general public
thinks about mummies and providing insight into the lives and cultures of
these ancient people. Inside every mummy is a story waiting to be told, and
Mummies of the World is here to tell those stories."

The concept for the exhibition began with the rediscovery of 21 specimens
within the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums of Mannheim, Germany in 2004. A consortium
of mummy researchers, known as the German Mummy Project, used DNA analysis,
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer tomography (CT), radiocarbon dating
and mass spectrometry to learn more, and engaged the cooperation of 21
world-renowned museums, organizations and collections in seven countries to
make this innovative exhibition possible.

Mummies of the World will be on display at The Leonardo from February 16, 2013
through May 27, 2013. The exhibition is generously supported by Merit Medical.
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About The Leonardo

The Leonardo is a contemporary museum in downtown Salt Lake City connecting
science, technology and creativity. The mission of The Leonardo is to inspire
curiosity and innovative thinking in visitors of all ages through a variety of
hands-on exhibits, workshops, classes and events. For more information about
The Leonardo, visit For an up-to-date schedule of events,
visit For an overview of current
exhibits, click

About American Exhibitions

American Exhibitions, Inc. produces world-class touring exhibitions for
science centers and museums that excite, educate, and engage visitors. As a
longstanding member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)
and the American Association of Museums (AAM), American Exhibitions, Inc. is
one of the leading exhibit producers in the United States. For more
information, visit

About Reiss-Engelhorn Museums

Reiss-Engelhorn Museums, an internationally acclaimed museum complex in
Mannheim, Germany, is one of the major venues for exhibitions in Europe in the
fields of archeology and world cultures. With a collection that began in the
early 1700s, the museum houses more than 1.2 million objects in its
collection, and has over 300,000 square feet of exhibition space. For more
information, visit

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SOURCE American Exhibitions, Inc.

Contact: Erin Fields of Zucker Public Relations, Inc., +1-561-391-5930 ext.
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