Science reveals secrets of the dead
The science surrounding all the mummies in the exhibition is one of its biggest draws.
Heather Gill-Frerking is director of science and education for the Mummies of the World exhibition and former scientific research curator for the German Mummy Project - aka the "Mummyologist."
"I have been studying these mummies inside and out for the last seven years," she said.
The exhibition attempts to bridge the gap between past and present with state-of-the-art science tools and techniques, she said. Information and interactive kiosks throughout the exhibit attempt to show how science can shed light on the historical and cultural record around the world.
Gill-Frerking pointed to a South American woman who was mummified clutching children's teeth in her hands. The teeth were only discovered after scans of the mummy were done.
"That tells us the teeth were important in her culture," she said.
The Mummyologist's Tool Kit demonstrates how researchers study mummies through methods such as visual inspection, X-rays, CT scans, DNA analysis, radiocarbon dating, rapid prototyping and radioisotope analysis.
Another interactive station allows visitors to touch examples of what bog bones, bog skin, embalmed skin, linen bandage wrapping and mummified animal fur feel like.
Among the other interactive exhibits, a world map lights up to show different areas all over the world where mummies have been found and in which extreme environments, including deserts, bogs, caves and salt deposits.