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“It's OK”

Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato
Ranked #14 of 70 things to do in Guanajuato
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This museum displays over 100 real mummies dug up from the nearby cemetery.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access
Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“It's OK”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

I went here the second time and probably because of this it was not as stunning as the first time. Generally I think the Museum is OK as the mummies presented are from a natural process and not from a religious process (like Egyptians or Incas), but in my opinion the Museum has exploited way too much the particular deaths of people.

The Museum is really organized as only small groups (not necessarily from a Tour) can access thru the entrance, and it is prepared for high traffic of tourists. One of the Museums guides offer his/her services by showing the group the Museum (In Spanish) and you will only have to give him/her a tip at the end of the ride.

The ticket is not expensive and cheaper if your are a local or foreign (internationally validated) student.

Tip: Don't take a tour to only go to this Museum, as you can go by taxi, bus or even walking from the city center (As we did, but there is a long climb to reach the site).

Visited June 2014
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“Good museum”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

One of the largest mummy collections. All types of mummies. Touring this place was quick. Clean and friendly place. Reasonably priced.

Visited August 2014
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“The Bone Collector Was Here”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

This is a place that looks like you are walking into the back end of some warehouse, and I suppose it is, of sorts. The reason this place exists is as odd as the place itself. It was the historical practice here to pay a sort of annual death tax that was required for each cemetery plot. If the family could no longer pay the tax, the family member was exhumed and replaced with the deceased of another family who could pay. Some of the exhumed bodies ended up here.

This is not a place that you want to visit after eating a big lunch! I could think of much better activities to aid digestion, like gutting fish. Anyway, from babies to adults, row upon row of glass caskets, all sizes and shapes, mouths agape, dressed in lace or their best suit, desiccated skin, and macabre expressions; unless you are a mortician, it's just plain CREEPY!

We entered slowly and reverently as we walked from case to case, corpse after corpse. About halfway through, our gait became much more rapid until we finally bolted for the exit after seeing more than we could tolerate. Laughing like little kids that just escaped some terrible fate at the hands of some unspeakable ghoul, we breathed in the fresh air outside and were glad to be out in the sunlight again.

Go here if you want to be able to say, "been there, done that". Otherwise, save your money for a more redeeming activity such as sitting at a bistro table near Jardin Union with a snifter of Carlos Primero brandy and smoking a "puro" while enjoying the night lights, sights and sounds of the living enjoying themselves.

Visited September 2013
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“How many times do you have a chance to see the real mummies?”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

I walked there, climbing up the hill first time, to find out they were about to close (at 6 pm), So second time, I took a bus that leaves from the la plaza de la Paz, near Basilica church. 5 pesos. Be sure to ask the bus driver, so that he knows where to let you off.
I believe the admission fee was 36 pesos (?) with the student ID.
I have never seen the mummy, but this museum is proud to have the World's youngest mummies, including babies and feto (fetus) that was the size of a tooth (or smaller).
One of the mummy is well-traveled to the exhibitions in the world.


Visited July 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Not our thing”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

This was the most sickening part of our Mexican holiday. The bodies have been displayed respectfully, well.. as respectfully as a pregnant woman who dies from asphyxiation can be displayed. This place should really creep you out given it is a house of real death, but even more sickening when you think how you would feel if these people were your family or loved ones? Just doesn't seem right in the name of entertainment, but can understand how people like it, very scary.

Visited February 2014
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