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Mummies of the World is a blockbuster exhibition at California Science Center

Los Angeles — According to American Exhibitions Inc., Mummies of the World, said to be the largest exhibition of mummies ever assembled, has become one of the most successful paid exhibit openings in the California Science Center‘s 13-year history. The exhibition welcomed its milestone 100,000th visitor on Aug. 19 – just seven weeks after its July 1 world premiere in Los Angeles.

“Crowds have been lining up to see Mummies of the World since it opened,” says Jeff Rudolph, president of the California Science Center. “It has been gratifying to see that so many people appreciate the opportunity this exhibit offers to learn more about the scientific research involved in the study of mummies.”

In its first 50 days, the exhibition has welcomed 100,000 visitors through the door; ticket sales including future dates put the total number at 106,687. The total number for the first Body Worlds exhibition – another world premiere – which the Science Center hosted from July 2, 2004 to Jan. 23, 2005, had ticket sales at 102,525 during the same time frame. The total number for the Titanic exhibition, which the Science Center hosted from Feb. 9 to Sept. 1, 2003, was 66,412 during its first 50 days.


At the end of July, the California Science Center and American Exhibitions, Inc. announced extended weekend hours to accommodate popular demand for the exhibition.

“As a leading marketing partner for Mummies of the World, LA INC. the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to mark this attendance milestone in such a remarkably short time,” says Michael McDowell, LA INC.’s Senior Director for Cultural Tourism. “The early and continued success of Mummies of the World is just the latest indicator of Los Angeles’ reputation for presenting world-class cultural and educational exhibitions that capture and stir the imagination of residents and visitors alike.”

Mummies of the World presents a never-before-seen collection of naturally and intentionally preserved mummies. This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancient mummies and important artifacts from Asia, Oceania, South America, Europe, and ancient Egypt, dating as far back as 6,500 years.

Featuring a collection of 150 objects, including real human and animal mummies and related artifacts, the exhibition demonstrates that mummification – both through natural and intentional processes – has taken place all over the globe, from the hot desert sands of South America to remote European moors and bogs.

Mummies of the World is presented by American Exhibitions, Inc. in association with the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums, Mannheim, Germany. The exhibition runs at the California Science Center through Nov 28, 2010. Mummies makes its Midwest debut at the Milwaukee Public Museum on Dec 17, 2010.

American Exhibitions, Inc. is a producer of world class touring exhibitions for science centers and museums. The company is a long-standing member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and the American Association of Museums (AAM).

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Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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