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Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs

Part historic journey and part forensic adventure, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs follows researchers and explorers as they piece together the archaeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies. Through ambitious computer graphics and dramatic reconstructions, the film tells the story of one of the greatest finds in modern history: the late 19th-century discovery of a cache of forty mummies, including twelve kings of Egypt, among them the legendary Rameses the Great. Narrated by Christopher Lee.

If you need any further convincing, here’s Ellen O’Connor’s review (Ellen is the museum’s Program Manager for the William L. McKnight Omnitheater, so if anyone’s an expert on giant screen films, it’s her!):

Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs is an interesting blend of re-enactment and present day, showing us what life was like in ancient Egypt and how the mummification process happened. Because so few records have been found for the mummification process, modern science has been able to help solve the mystery. When forty mummies are found, we are then able to research the DNA of the mummies to help us fight modern day diseases. Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs is visually well done and interesting, and the story behind it is equally fascinating.”