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Chinese Mummies Coming to Philly Exhibit After All

Previously canceled because China objected, exhibit will run for limited time

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    Chinese Mummies Coming to Philly Exhibit After All
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    CAIRO, EGYPT - FEBRUARY 17: In this handout photo provided by the Discovery Channel, Mummies King Tutankhamun's grandmother on display during a press conference by the head of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities to announce DNA results meant to reveal the parentage of Egypt's famed King Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum on February 17, 2010 in Cairo, Egypt. Two years of DNA testing and CT scans on King Tutankhamun's 3,300-year-old mummy and 15 others have provided the cause of death and the firmest family tree yet for Tut, pointing to Pharaoh Akhenaten as Tut's father, Akhenaten's sister as Tut's mother, and Queen Tiye as Tut's grandmother. (Photo by Shawn Baldwin/Discovery Channel via Getty Images)

    The Penn Museum says that its exhibit on China's silk road, which had many original artifacts pulled at the last minute by that country's government, will now open with a full complement of mummies and more, but only for a limited engagement.

    The artifacts, part of the “Secrets of the Silk Road,” which opened last weekend at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia, featured a pared-down exhibit after Chinese officials requested the items not be shown.

    On Friday, the museum said that decision has been reversed and the current exhibit will close Feb. 13 so that many of the original displays, some of which are more than 3,800 years old, can be installed. The exhibit will reopen Feb. 18 and run through March 15.