What is your story of encounter with human remains?

Your Mummy Stories is the heart of the Mummy Stories community. It is a platform for anyone to share their stories of encounter with human remains, in and out of the museum. Want to write your own story? Everyone welcome!

July 31, 2017

When you are a child and you live in Turin, you will not be able to skip at least one visit to the worldwide famous Egyptian Museum: your teacher will start talking about this mysterious and fascinating civilization ruled by powerful, demigod Pharaohs and you will inevitably fall in love with them or at least you will long to find out more about them. Indeed, it is quite surprising that the second largest Egyptian museum of the world is in a town nestled in the Alps, thousands of miles away from...

July 24, 2017

I work as Curator and Archivist at the Sam Waller Museum in northern Manitoba. As with every museum, there are an astonishing number of items. Our founder Sam collected everything and anything. We have original leaded glass from Hardwick Hall, arrowheads and pottery shards, dressed fleas and a two-headed calf, and so much more. As I got to know the collection I had the privilege of caring and collecting for, I was startled to find out we had, along with a small piece of linen cloth, the left fem...

July 2, 2017

"I’m sorry, where is the mummy ??’ As a gallery attendant at the Louvre, it is probably the one sentence I have heard the most here, after, of course, ‘where is the Mona Lisa?’

Be they 7 or 77, and whatever country they come from, all the visitors, or almost all of them, who venture into the Musée du Louvre want to see the Egyptian department, and more precisely the only human mummy that is displayed there. Therefore, they look relentlessly for room 15, in which the mummy is displayed, looking fo...

June 26, 2017

I agree with the study of past civilisations for a much needed guide for handling today and constructing the future, but I think the dead should be left for the dead, they should be accorded their well deserved respect. We should not be going about digging up the remains of people who did not give us permission to do that. 


The study of man made cultural objects I can understand, but the desecrating of people's graves is something that I can not get myself to agree with.

Olatunde Barber is a PhD...

May 29, 2017

For me, it's difficult to comprehend why mummies should be displayed in a museum. In my perception I think it's horrific to display human remains. It's unethical... Sometimes I wonder... did they expect their afterlife to be on a display in a museum? Can you imagine...do you think putting the deceased on a display case is respectful for the dead. The thought of this child might be someone's son being on display for millions of people to see...upsets me...he meant the world to his mom...and now h...

May 22, 2017

I was introduced to Ancient Egypt and mummies as a very small child, possibly around 3 or 4, when my grandfather too me to the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in the Quadrangle in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was only a mummy case that I saw but it started me on a lifelong quest to find out as much as I could about mummies. In the 1970's a connection was made between the outer coffins which I had seen and the Egyptian mummy Padihershef in the Ether Dome at Massachusetts General Hospital...

In 1995 I moved with my family to Oxford for the summer. I was at that in-between-age where I was too young to head into town by myself and too old to be satisfied with the limited independence this rule allowed me. There were really only two places where my sister and I were able to go which was within the allowed walking distance from our rental flat: The laundromat and the Pitt Rivers museum. The novelty of the laundromat, unsurprisingly, wore off quickly, leaving us with almost daily trips t...

February 6, 2017

When I was 16 years old, I interned at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, where I had spent many hours, visiting the Egyptian galleries. I was so curious about how visitors engaged with the Egyptian collection that, at 18, I got my first job there as a Gallery Attendant. 


As I was spending long days wandering in the many galleries of the museum, it came to my attention that there was only one Egyptian mummy on display at the museum (at the time, the Roman and Coptic galleries were closed): the mummy...

January 2, 2017

For the past fifteen years, he has been one of the highlights of the Egyptian collection in Leiden, the Netherlands. He is AMM 27c, dates from the Graeco-Roman period and has an incision in his stomach. Provenance: Egypt.

He is also a small child, a boy, and died when he was around six years old, and one of the museum objects that has been fascinating the public the most. Whenever I give tours at the museum, the children's eyes light up when I ask them "who's ready to see some mummies?!". Every...

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