Although the museum boasts treasures from all over the world, Trim said its stalwart stars have been two Egyptian mummies, the only ones in Oklahoma. The older and best preserved, Tutu, is especially beloved, and in 2015, radiologists at St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital performed CT scans to give researchers a look under the mummies’ wrappings.
“What they were able to do was use the scan and create a 3-D-printed skull so that makes it very, very accurate and realistic. They were able to utilize that to utilize that to build up the face … and recreate what we believe she really looked like,” Trim said. “For 2,000 years, all we’ve gotten to see was that beautiful gold face mask, but now we will actually get to see what she looked like in real life.”
The facial reconstruction will be unveiled at a members-only event Sept. 7 and added to the museum’s ancient gallery. A special Mummy Day with free admission on Nov. 2 will give the public a chance to admire the newly revealed Tutu, who has become a favorite of generations of Oklahoma schoolchildren.