Last Saturday we went to Cincinnati to see the mummy exhibit. It was fascinating. Unfortunately they didn’t allow pictures in the exhibit, which made me sad. They had mummies from Egypt, mummies that were naturally formed due to heat and acidic bogs and so on, and more recent people who had been mummified somehow when they were entombed in church crypts.
Rosie was enthralled. Ada was kind of horrified.
Henry kept pointing and saying, “Rawr!” Then doing his fake scream.
Tyler went along with us also. He woke up just as we were leaving the house and decided he wanted to go.
This was taken when we were waiting to go in.
The entire exhibit was set up with darkness, only the mummies were lit up. There were soothing sounds being played overhead. It was cool and peaceful, almost like a funeral of sorts. I didn’t expect that–I expected it to just look like a regular museum. I loved how they had it set up to be respectful of the dead, reminding you that these were all living human beings. Someone’s loved ones.
In the exhibit they explained how modern technology is used to see inside of mummies. In the past they would have damaged them trying to investigate, but now they can use MRI’s and x-rays.
They even used some kind of image technology to construct a life-like model of King Tut. That was pretty cool. He was handsome. Rosie was impressed too, since we studied King Tut last year in second grade.
Ada’s biggest impression was made by the amulets. Ada loves Sophia the First. Apparently Sophia has an amulet she wears that lets her talk to animals and do magic? When I was reading the sign above the real amulets in the big display Ada started freaking out. She loved it.
Unfortunately I couldn’t break it to her–they don’t actually do magic like Sophia the First’s amulet. At least not as far as I’ll ever know. ;)
The amulets are apparently bound inside of the cloths they use to wrap all around Egyptian mummies. With modern day imaging it was easy to see so many amulets layered within the wrappings without tearing it all apart.
I was worried all the mummies might give the kids nightmares, but it hasn’t. They have talked about them every day since though. Especially the babies and small children. They had several mummies the size of Henry. One the size of Rosie, and one the size of Ada too. The plaques told all about the known history and what the children died from. Suffice to say I think my kids are now thankful for modern day medicine.
You could see all sorts of fine details on some of the people. They had their mouths open, teeth still intact. Another mummy had disturbingly long intact toenails. (Though I later read that your skin recedes after death causing people to think your nails are growing in the coffin when it’s actually an optical illusion.) One man had on his original 19th century burial clothing complete with beautifully made leather boots.
The 19th century people were actually a family–a mother, father, and two year old son–from the church crypt. That upset the girls a little bit. They didn’t die all at once though. They were buried together one by one.
Ada keeps reminding me: Mom I love you so, so much. I just want to be buried in the same coffin as you!
I promise I haven’t scarred them for life or anything. Haha.
Later that day we all had to google how to create a shrunken head. They had a large display of them with the mummies, but they didn’t specifically say how they were made. It turns out they’re pieced together from boiled human head parts. Sort of like taxidermy, only significantly more disturbing.
After the mummies were seen and pondered we walked around the rest of the museums for a little while. There’s a natural history museum and a children’s museum. There’s also a history of Cincinnati museum that I haven’t ever yet had time to go to.
We took Misha and Mariana here before too. The girls kept reminiscing about that experience as we walked.
Ada’s memory included: “Remember when Mariana came here? And she threw up on my favorite dress? And it was yogurt and it was really gross?”
Poor Mariana. How many times can one child vomit on themselves.
This is Henry pretending to be scared of a mummy after the exhibit.
This is Henry trying to run away from me two seconds later.
This was outside the mummy exhibit.
This would be a wooly mammoth. Quite a formidable beast! There were a lot of formidable beasts in the natural history area actually.
Rosie was pleased to find Hedwig there and requested her picture with the owl. Ada photobombed it, of course.
I found this super creepy special collections room in a basement area. The door was locked unfortunately.
This is the girls looking at a child mummy from Egypt in the regular part of the museum. The mummy belongs to the museum and not the special exhibit.
The lighting in there was so terrible, but I just had to have a picture with this man.
So many skulls of dead creatures. So many.
“Put me back in the Tula woman!”
Tyler told Ada that this thing was going to punch her in the face and she believed him. (I think it was a giant prehistoric sloth replica.)
Then tragedy struck.
Quick, move on to something happier!
I am intrigued by this creature. And maybe a tiny bit horrified too…
This is the side view of its head.
The children’s museum was really crowded, so we didn’t stay there for long.
Henry LOVED the ball area. He started flapping his arms, screaming, and actually vibrating all over when we walked past it because he was so thrilled.
Throwing a ball at me!
After the museum we went out to eat with some of the Japanese guys from Toyota, Tyler’s friends. We went to this nice Japanese restaurant that serves authentic food. My picky children (the girls, not Henry) would eat nothing from there.
Then Henry decided he’d had positively enough for the day and started doing that wet noodle tantrum flopping little ones do when all hell is breaking loose. Suffice to say I ended up not eating and instead sitting in the car with him watching Scooby Doo on Netflix until everyone was done.
This picture was two seconds before Henry spilled a glass of wine.
Thankfully he is still the most adorable fierce creature of them all!
I will leave you with Valentine’s Day Bunny. He had just finished eating a cherry tomato, and he really has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day, but he looks ready to celebrate doesn’t he? In a drag queen sort of way…