“Mummies. Unwrapping the past” is the result of a collaboration between the Bologna Archaeological Museum and the Eurac Research Institute for Mummy Studies. The two institutions began working together in 2019 when it was decided that two Egyptian mummies housed in the museum’s storerooms since the late 1970s should be exhibited for both the scientific community and the public: the mummy with the painted shroud and the mummy of a child with three tunics.


Bologna's Civic Archaeological Museum houses one of the most important collections of Egyptian antiquities in Europe. Most of the museum’s objects were collected by Pelagio Palagi in the early decades of the 19th century but also include other additions collected over the years. The two mummies on exhibition are part of a collection that comprises more than 3,500 artefacts.

The Eurac Research Institute for Mummy Studies works with mummies from different eras that come from all over the world. These scientific studies expand knowledge about the history of populations, the evolution of pathogens and the preservation of archaeological finds. The Institute carried out the scientific analyses and identified the best conservation techniques for the two mummies.