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'Mummies of the World' debuts at OMSI

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An exhibit thousands of years in the making is now open at OMSI.

Mummies of the World made its debut Friday. A highly secured motorcade from Salt Lake City, UT brought more than 40 mummies to Portland last week.

Some of the mummies are from Egypt, but there are also mummies from Europe, Asia and South America.

Researchers say it provides a unique glimpse into the lives of people from ancient civilizations.

"Photographs really don't do these mummies justice. You have to see them in three dimensions, you have to experience making a connection with them as people," said Dr. Heather Gill-Frerking, a mummy researcher. "I think you really need to see the mummies face-to-face to understand who they were."

Some of the mummies and artifacts in the exhibit date back 6,500 years.

The exhibit will be open at OMSI through early September. For more details, go to www.omsi.edu.

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