Behind the scenes

Explore Mummy Mysteries!

Investigate the origins of Egyptian mummification practices and learn the tricks of the embalmer’s trade. Examine the funerary customs and fantastic grave goods of different cultural groups in South America. And get a virtual view of mummies from The Field Museum’s collections to learn about their medical histories and more!

Egyptian Mummies
Discover how The Field Museum’s mummy collection began, and find out why and how Egyptians began mummifying their dead.

South American Mummies
View some of the oldest cultures to create mummies, and learn about the many ways different South American societies memorialized their loved ones.

Seeing Inside Mummies
Check out the story behind the recent CT scans of Field Museum mummies and see what these 3D reconstructions reveal.