The Cincinnati Museum Center brings the world to the community, and vice versa. Through its three museums and large OMNIMAX theater, the center works to educate the community on the local, national and global scale. “Clearly, we do want to tell stories that are near and dear to those in Cincinnati,” says Cody Hefner, media contact for the museum center. “[But] we also try to bring the world to Cincinnati.”

Sometimes that world takes the place of global tours, like the recently debuted “Mummies of the World: The Exhibition,” which opened on Nov. 26. “Mummies of the World” shines a light on the practice of human preservation through different cultures and time periods. From shrunken heads of Ecuador to tuberculosis victims frozen in a Hungarian church to the famous mummies of the Egyptian pharaohs, visitors are given a global understanding of mummification.

“The exhibit’s really fascinating because it explores the… science behind it and the stories these mummies have to tell,” says Hefner. “You learn so much about how they died and the cause of death, but also how they lived and how human culture has evolved and changed over time.”

That learning is provided not only through national exhibits, but also through those that speak about life in Cincinnati that affect the world at large. The museum center’s current exhibit, “Martha: A Story of Extinction,” takes a part of Cincinnati history and connects it to a continuing issue at the global scale. Martha, the last passenger pigeon, died in Cincinnati in 1914, but her species is remembered through this exhibit, which not only commemorates the 100th anniversary of Martha’s death, but also studies the modern issues behind extinction and how it can be prevented.

Through the center’s current OMNIMAX film, visitors can travel to Jerusalem and see the ancient city through the eyes of religion and the richness of history. “Jerusalem talks about the significance of the city that’s been around for thousands of years, [the] history and archaeology and the main religious groups that believe the city is sacred to them,” says Hefner. “[It discusses] why the city is sacred to each of those groups and where those [beliefs] overlap.”

No matter the museum or exhibit, the Cincinnati Museum Center satisfies curiosity. According to Hefner, the museum center is “a resource to the community that seeks to educate and inspire them on a variety of different topics they otherwise might not get to experience.” He adds, “[It’s] taking that little kernel that some people know and getting them into the exhibit and expanding on that.”