Science is more than just a class you had to take in high school; it's also what the people who taught those classes do in their free time. Enrich yourself with this Groupon.
- $29 for two tickets with audio tours to the Mummies of the World exhibit (up to a $64.50 value)
- Where: Maryland Science Center
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- Ticket values include all fees.
Mummies of the World
To make Mummies of the World, it took 20 museums, seven countries, and thousands of years. That work resulted in the largest collection of of its kind in known history—150 mummified specimens and artifacts from around the globe. Each one has a story for viewers to discover. Approximately 3,000 years before the birth of King Tut, the Detmold Child was preserved in Peru for more than 6,000 years before it was discovered. The Orlovits family, meanwhile, was interred in a long-forgotten Hungarian church crypt in the 18th century and discovered only in 1994. Naturally, the ancient Egyptians are well-represented, with their ranks including a cat mummy in painted linens.
Non-invasive technological advances such as DNA analysis and radiocarbon dating draw back the shroud of history without disturbing the mummies. 3-D animation reveals the process of preserving a mummy so that it survives the ravages of time and plays the saxophone during pan-global monster mashes. An in-depth, two-hour audio tour helps visitors delve into the lives of the humans they once were and the world they knew.
Maryland Science Center
Twenty-one years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a group of amateur scientists began meeting to discuss their passion. Together, they built the Maryland Academy of Science to promote learning and discovery—which now takes place at the Maryland Science Center with the help of dinosaurs, a planetarium, and an IMAX theater. Visitors become paleontologists in the Dinosaur Mysteries exhibit, wandering through excavation sites and a field lab to view the dozen skeletons on display. They can also lay hands on a triceratops skull without getting chastised or cursed by its spirit to grow horns. Among other standing exhibits, Newton's Alley brings to life the discoveries of Sir Isaac as kids race bubbles, fight gravity, and play a harp that does not contain a single string.