Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato
Explanada del Panteón Municipal s/n, Guanajuato, Mexico
www.momiasdeguanajuato.gob.mx - +52 (473) 732 06 39
Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato Reviews
Journey to the enigma of death Jun 12, 2011
The Mummy Museum in Guanajuato is one of the most famous features of the city. It has been the occasion of many films and documentaries, including the infamous "Santo contra las momias de Guanajuato", a cheesy low-tech cult mexican zombie film of the 1970's, that gave the place national fame.
In Guanajuato it's very difficult to bury dead bodies under soil like in most places, because of the hilly geography, so they need to be stuck in cases one on top of another, and that's one of the facts that contributed to the preservation of many of them.
The reason why all those mummies are on exhibition is because when someone would buy the land for a different purpose, all the bodies had to be exhumed and those that were unclaimed by their relatives belonged to the municipality, which decided to put on display those that were in a better state of preservation. The museum has been open since 1864, and some of the mummies on display back then are still now.
The mummies used to be on display just standing by the walls of a small corridor, with no glass or any kind of protection from the visitors, who sometimes used to tear off pieces of them as a souvenir. Glass protection was installed as late as the 1970s. People who visited the museum back then says that now it's not as cool as it used to be. I bet!
There is a story behind some of the mummies, some of them are people who have been identified by name and origin, there is a lady that was buried with her unborn fetus (displayed as the tiniest mummy on earth), and even one person who gave signs of being buried alive.
Anyway, even with the glass display I thought the place was spooky as hell. It makes you think about how little we are and how few remains of our bodies after death.
We hired a tour guy who gave us explanations of every mummy. I think it was very worth it. They only allow pictures in the very last room, where some of the not so famous mummies are.
Totally recommended place. You could also make a night tour including the cemetery on certain occasions.
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Mummies museum Jul 14, 2011
I was told my self that I have to see when I heard about mummified bodies of men, women and children are in one of the museums of Mexico 10 years ago. And now I did. I visited the famous Mummies museum in Guanajuato, Mexico. I was a bit upset when I have seen the board stating that no pictures or video allowed. But still excited to see them at-least.
This museum complex houses two separate museums and this review is for mummies museum. Mummies museum entrance fee is around 5USD.
This museum has different sections of mummified bodies. First section is of elders, Second section is of kids, A section for a mother and 6 months unborn foetus, another section with elders with their tombs info and the last one is having mummies stacked in glass coffins.
Entrance hall has Dr. Leroy body with some paintings. Guides are available to explain the history. One of the signs placed at the beginning says "the mummified bodies that were not claimed were stacked in the catacombs of the Santa Paula Cemetery. Due to curiosity, visits to this place were carried out in an informal way by locals and visitors. Public use to enter by an old and narrow staircase using candles to be able to observe the bodies in the middle of the cemetery"
Some mummies have the names and date when they were rested in the cemetery with the mummification date. One of the sign says that every one call that mummy as the China girl because of the clothing and oriental features. Another sign says that mummy is called travelling mummy due to the participation in many museums. One mummy was of a buried alive person and another was of a drowned person.
There is a cemetery behind this complex. Though board says no pics and video, our group was allowed to take pic. I have seen people taking video too. Some memories captured are here for my fellow Travel buddies.
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