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Mummies of the World-The Exhibition to open at The Leonardo

The Leonardo in Salt Lake City welcomes the Mummies of the World-The Exhibition complete with Hollywood-style motorcade and security detail as one of 8 tractor-trailers arrives. The unloading of the actual artifacts Wednesday is all in preparation for the upcoming opening of the exhibition.  Heather Gill-Frerking (who prefers to be called Dr. Heather) says visitors will be surprised to learn that these mummies aren’t considered lifeless.

“They may not be breathing but they’re still people and that’s how we have to treat them. This could be anybody that you know. This was somebody’s son, somebody’s mother, somebody’s husband and so really important to see them as people, to treat them as people and we work very hard to do that,” says Gill-Frerking.

She says mummies are family friendly.

“The kids are the ones who go to the baby crocodile and see the little teeth or they see the toes on the baby mummies. They see the little things, so pay attention to what your kids are seeing because they see all the coolest stuff,” says Dr. Heather.

The exhibition opened Saturday, February 16th, 2013. More information can be found at

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