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'Mummies of the World' exhibit opens Friday in Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The largest collection of mummies ever assembled in one museum has arrived in Portland.

OMSI's Mummies of the World exhibit opens Friday.

More than 40 mummies arrived in Portland last week under heavy security detail, traveling nearly 800 miles from Salt Lake City, UT.

Many of the mummies are from Egypt, others are from Europe, Asia and South America. The exhibit also showcases mummified animals and other artifacts.

"The idea of how people preserve bodies and for what reasons is pretty fascinating," said Nancy Stueber, OMSI's president. "But even more fascinating is what we're learning about the people. How they lived, what they ate and what disease they might have had."

The exhibit explains what a mummy is, how mummification occurs, both through intentional and natural processes, and that mummies come from all over the world – found in bogs, caves, cellars, deserts and environments.

For information, check out OMSI's website.

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