Night at the Museum

Mummies and the Museum

 

The mummies in the Museum collection are some of the most iconic exhibits on display, so it's no surprise that they made an appearance in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

But how many mummies are in the Museum? Which animals did the Egyptians mummify? Where did they come from?


120

The Museum has over one hundred and twenty human mummies in its collection

300

As well as humans, over three hundred animal mummies are in the Museum - many of which live in the Museum's mummy store

4

The longest animal mummy is a 4 metre long crocodile. The Museum also has mummified cats, dogs and some more bizarre animals

 

 

80

Over eighty mummies in the Museum collection are from Egypt

 

40

While just over forty are from Sudan


Mummified animals

The Museum also has mummified animals from Thebes and Abydos. These include fish, snakes, lizards and even gazelle!

You might not find them in the film, but these are some of our favourite animal mummies...

 

 

Mummy of a cat

From Abydos, Egypt
Roman Period, perhaps 1st century AD

Find out more

Mummified bull

From Thebes, Egypt
Roman Period, after 30 BC
 

Find out more

Mummy of an ibis

From Abydos, Egypt
Roman Period, after 30 BC
 

Find out more

Mummy of a jackal or dog

From Thebes, Egypt
Roman Period, after 30 BC

Find out more


 

Did you know?

 

Faking it

The first mummies to enter the British Museum (part of Hans Sloane’s original collection) were fakes. The first genuine mummies were acquired in 1756

Deceptive mummies

Many of the animal mummies contain either no remains or just a few bare bones. Sometimes they are just a piece of wood or handfuls of mud

Wrapped up

Most of the mummies in the Museum still have their wrappings in place. No mummy has been unwrapped at the Museum since the 1790s