Golden Mummies Museum in Bahariya

In May 1996, a donkey stumbled into a hole in the desert, thus alerting his master to what turned out to be the largest cache of mummies ever found in Egypt. Coins and other artefacts buried with the mummies show that they date from the Graeco-Roman period. Almost all of the mummies removed from the earth have deteriorated. In the museum you can see three mummies. All are encased in gilded and painted linen pasteboard and have sculpted stucco masks, some gilded.