SPOKANE, Wash. -

A special guest arrived in Spokane today. It took "Annie" 2,300 years to get here, and she'll be on display at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture until January.

"Annie," which is short for Anonymous, is a mummy touring the United States. She's been on the road for about six years now, and her next stop is the Lilac City. Through CAT scans and MRIs, scientists were able to determine that "Annie" was likely a 17-year-old woman living in ancient Egypt. They believe she may have died by drowning in the Nile River. That's a death that was seen as sacred at the time.

"When we looked at the coffin and realized there was no information about her name, and no information about her family or anything, it's likely that she was then buried as an anonymous person. That she was given a very nice burial, but not one that was specific to her," said Mimi Leveque, who has been working with Annie since 2009.

Leveque is a curator of ancient objects, and works with many mummies. She says when "Annie" first arrived to her, she had only two weeks for restoration work. She said it was a very intense, but very rewarding two weeks.

After the restoration work was complete, "Annie" began touring the U.S. to educate and delight spectators. And with so much travel, a lot of work goes into making sure the mummy doesn't suffer any damage.

"Annie" travels in a crate specifically designed for preservation. She is also kept in a climate-stabilized display case and kept away from lighting that could cause any damage.

"We've done the best we possibly can to allow the public to see her, and protect her at the same time," Leveque said.

After working with "Annie" for so long, Leveque says it's hard not to find herself getting attached, which makes all the hard work worth it.

"She's an individual. This is a person. This is someone who had hopes and fears and loves, and her family loved her. I get attached to all the mummies I work with, and particularly Annie," she said.