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"Mason and the Mummy" features the story of noted Tacoma businessman Allen C. Mason and his purchase of the Egyptian mummy Ankh-Wennefer. Mason set out on a 6-month around-the-world journey to Egypt in 1890 with the intention of finding and bringing home a mummy. He succeeded, and later donated Ankh-Wennefer’s mummy to the Historical Society in 1897.
The mummy and its beautifully painted coffins have been the subject of much study over the decades, with the most recent work being done by Dr. Elias and the Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium. Tacoma General Hospital worked with the Society to make high-resolution scans of the mummy which were used to create a forensic portrait of the late Ankh-Wennefer. Find out who Ankh-Wennefer was, what the Book of the Dead is, and when the ancient rite of mummification was at its height here in "Mason and the Mummy. " $9.50 for adults, $7.00 for seniors (60+), military, students (with ID), youth (6-17), FREE for children 5 and under and members. Admission price includes access to all museum exhibits.