Museo de las Momias

Museo de las Momias information

Location
Guanajuato , Mexico
Address
Explanada del Pantéon Municipal s/n
Telephone
+52 473 732 06 39
Prices
adult M$52
Opening hours
9am-6pm
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This famous museum is one of the most bizarre (some might say distasteful) sights at the panteón (cemetery). The popular attraction is a quintessential example of Mexico's acceptance of, celebration of and obsession with death; visitors come from all over to see more than 100 disinterred corpses.

While technically these are mummified remains – due to the dry atmosphere in their former crypts – the bodies are not thousands of years old. The first remains were unearthed in 1865 to make room for more bodies in the cemeteries. What the authorities uncovered were not skeletons but flesh mummified (many feature grotesque forms and facial expressions).

The complex is on the western edge of town, a 10-minute ride from Avenida Juárez on any 'Momias' bus (M$5).