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Photo Fave: Cat mummies at the British Museum

by Shelly Rivoli
It was a little awkward coming face to face with the celebrated mummies of the British Museum – with three young children. Until then, death had been easy to talk about in abstract, philosophical, and even flowery terms. But here at the British Museum, it was laid out on display in all its ancient bandaged and boxed splendor. Suddenly, we had a few more things to explain. Thankfully, when we found the cat mummies, it clicked for the girls. Yes, pets. Beloved, wonderful pets. Who doesn’t want to see them on the other side? 

On that note, be sure to check out this week’s guest post by Marina K. Villatoro on the fabulous way families celebrate the Day of the Dead in Guatemala. 

Safe journeys,

Shelly Rivoli
Author of the award-winning Travels with Baby guidebooks

All content of this blog (c) Shelly Rivoli 2007 – 2011

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Sophie November 5, 2011 - 7:18 pm

I adore the British Museum, and particularly the Egyptian section. After seeing Tut-ank-amon's mummy a few years ago, my youngest isn't too keen to see human mummies. However, like your children, she rather likes the cat ones, so fortunately, I don't have to miss out on the Egyptian section when she's along.

Sonja November 5, 2011 - 1:23 am

Really??? Cat mummies? My gosh, those Egyptians were resourceful.

wandering educators November 4, 2011 - 7:52 pm

i always love the egyptian parts of any museum – it's so fascinating! these cat mummies look very cool.

Shelly Rivoli November 4, 2011 - 5:39 pm

The Egypt section is a favorite – and it's so great the museum is free so you can just hit the highlights that interest you and the kiddos and not feel bad about missing the rest (of which there is MUCH). 😉

Lisa November 4, 2011 - 5:27 pm

I had no idea that there were cat mummies. My daughter would find that intriguing. We didn't make it to the British Museum on our first visit to London – next time we will definitely be checking out the mummies.

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