Tonawanda News — As visitors arrived for the recent NCAA basketball tournament games in Buffalo, a much older group of visitors arrived via motorcade at the Buffalo Museum of Science — but these newcomers to the Queen City wouldn’t be seeking out a place to have a beer between games or where to find the region’s best chicken wings.
Dozens of mummies, both human and animal, still sealed inside crates labeled “Fragile” and “Keep Dry,” were carried or carted into the museum March 19, arriving in preparation for their display as part of the “Mummies of the World” exhibit, which opens April 12.
The mummies, which originated from locations all over the world — not only Egypt, but also Asia, Oceania, South America and Europe — came to Buffalo via motorcade with their own black-suited security detail. They were greeted not only by museum staff and members of the media, but also by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, who hailed the exhibition’s stop in Buffalo (its first in New York State) as an honor and privilege for the city.
Marc Corwin, president and CEO of American Exhibitions, the producer of the exhibition, said that it has been seen by 1 million people in nine cities including Los Angeles, San Antonio and Philadelphia since it opened in July 2010. The Buffalo exhibit, however, will debut some new and never-before-seen mummies as part of the display.
“We say with ‘Mummies of the World’ that inside every mummy is a story waiting to be told,” Corwin said. “When people think of mummies, they think of Egypt, they think of King Tut. But not all mummies are wrapped. Not all mummies come from Egypt.”
Corwin called the exhibit a “very moving experience” and excellent for families.
“Remember, these are real people, like you and I,” he said. “They had real lives, like you and I. And in studying them, we learn a lot about ourselves.”