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    Dusty Old Dead Folks in the Mummy Museum

    by spitball Updated Apr 14, 2006

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    In Guanajuato there is a mummy museum, its as freakish as it sounds. Turns out that in my understanding, families must continue to pay to have their relatives interned in the graveyard, and when they can't or won't keep paying, the authorities must make room for more bodies so they began removing some. Because of the conditions with the climate and soil, it was discovered, that the corpses where perfectly mummified.
    There are well over 100 corpses in there for your viewing pleasure, but a note here: have breakfast before you go, because you probably won't feel like eating anything afterwards. Not even the candy corpses the sellers try and hit you up with as you exit the place.

    Guanajuato Gate Baby Corpse spitball checking out what he's going to look like Burial Spot Final Resting Spots (?)
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    Casa Diego Rivera

    by VdV Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This museum is located in the house where Diego Rivera was born. He moved from Guanajuato when he was 6 years old and never returned. However, his daughter purchased the home back from its later owners (who had subdivided the property and remodeled it into student housing quarters), and restored the home and moved an impressive collection of Diego Rivera's works into the property, which now contains four floors of his artwork, ranging from pencil drawings, to paintings and a small-scale replica of his famous "Dream of A Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central" (the original can be found in the Museo Mural Diego Rivera in the Alameda in Mexico City; see my Mexico City Things to Do Tip.)

    The museum is just a few blocks from the main Plaza de la Paz. The ground floor was restored with original furniture from the period during which the Rivera family occupied the home while the upper floors contain his artwork.

    The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 7pm and on Sunday 10am to 3pm, with admission of $15 pesos (general) and $5 (students.)

    Go see it, it is worth it to see the range of artistic styles that Rivera used during his lifetime of artistic achievement.

    Reproduction of one of Rivera's most famous murals
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    Casa Museo Gene Byron

    by VdV Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    After hearing that my Mom & I didn't want to go to the popular mummy museum (we didn't want nightmares!), but that I did like art museums, Francisco our guide took us to the Casa Museo Gene Byron. Located in the Marfil neighborhood of Guanajuato, the Museo GB is the former home of Canadian woman ex-pat Gene Byron. The house itself is a historical site (ex-Hacienda Santa Ana), the full history of which I cannot recall in full detail, though there is a great description on the museum's website (see below.)

    The property how houses an art collection devoted to the culture and art of the Guanajuato region. Many of the items, ranging from paintings to antique furniture, handcrafted lanterns and sculptures, were either personally made by Gene Byron, or designed by her but completed by local artisans.

    My Mom & I found it to be a beautiful place. Its courtyard, sculpture garden, and scenic surroundings (located near a creek and waterfall) was a nice respite after the drive from San Miguel de Allende to Guanajuato.

    Take time to enjoy this cultural treasure in Guanajuato--you won't be disappointed! More photos in the Travelogue section.....

    Hours: Monday-Saturday from 10am to 3pm
    Suggested donation: $20 pesos

    Paintings and lanterns inside Museo GB
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    Pipila

    by jumanuel Updated Jun 25, 2005

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    It's easy to find, it's over a mountain.
    Pipila is the meaning of the freedom that Mexico owns.
    Indpendence fighter

    I recomend you to go there, becuase you can have a great view from the city, also you can excersise a bit if you take the ladder =)

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    Treat Yourself to a Walking Tour

    by spitball Updated Mar 2, 2007

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    A very large amount of Guanajuato is pedestrian, no vehicle traffic allowed, so this is a perfect spot to get some excersise in on your holidays. The streets are quite narrow, so no cars would fit. This city is not too large (pop. 100,000) also, located at alt: 2017 metres. It was in the past historically one of Mexico's richest. After silver was found in Zacatecas, Spanish prospectors combed the rugged lands north of Mexico City and were rewarded by discoveries of silver, gold, iron, lead, zinc and tin. For two centuries 30% to 40% of the world's silver was mined in Guanajuato. In my humble opinion, Guanajuato is the perfect quiet honeymoon spot, very, very romantic.
    You can hire a taxi tour up into the hills surrounding the city, this I have not done, but perhaps next time I get down there. You know what it's like, all the best laid plans of mice and men....don't always pan out. This beautiful painting was done by a local Vancouver artist by the name of Sam Logan, who has himself travelled extensively. Check out his website.

    Guanajuato Mexico by Sam Logan
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    Guanajuato Streets

    by jumanuel Updated Mar 15, 2006

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    Some of the streets to take you to the downtown are like caves, becuse Guanajuato was a place with many mills, gold and silver were the attractivness of the town. So during years mills were the economic activity for the country.

    You will be delighted to see a mill, there are some tours in there, if you like it I can recommend another Mill in the sate of Hidalgo, is near Mexico city.

    Nowadays this streets are aswesom in the sence you can realize of the hard work duirng all those years and how large they are, REALLY TAKE A LOOK !

    The streets own a colonial style, you can feel you can be in the renace time.

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    Teatro Juarez

    by jumanuel Written Jun 25, 2005

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    This is one of the ancients Theaters in Mexico.
    Porfirio Diaz (Dictator 1910) traveled from Mexico city to Guanajuato city to present the main plays that were showed at this theater. Most of the the plays camed from Europe specially France.

    If you enter at the theather you will find that is ancient and some interesting stories about the plays, public figures and the first time when a homosexual play was showed into the town during Diaz's dicator.

    Also you will find at the second floor a dance floor, when ladies and gentlemans used to dance having an special flirting with tobbaco.

    It's preatty intesteing and the architecture is definitly interesting.

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    Universidad de Guanajuato

    by VdV Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Besides being the state capitol, and a cultural/historic center, Guanajuato is a university town. The downtown is full of students and academics who gather to converse, read or pass the time in the many cafes and restaurants. Students can be seen with their notebooks and sketch pads around the city, in the museums, etc. Turn the corner, and your likely to run into a group of students, one playing the guitar with the others singing along. This university setting gives the town a vibrant, energetic feel to it.

    The main campus of the state university is a cluster of big, colorful modern structures visible on a hill during the approach into Guanajuato. The original university building, however, is located in the central downtown area, and now houses the university's administrative offices. The University building originates back to the arrival of the Jesuits and their founding of the College of the Holy Trinity in 1732. The state of Guanajuato took ownership of the building in 1828 and renamed it the State College, and by 1945 it gained its University status.

    It is an impressive building to look at, and as you can see, makes for a great photo opportunity.

    My Mom the Traveling Gnome on the University steps
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  • Best Museum in town

    by jonbarb709 Written Jan 30, 2006

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    There are several museums in town, but the Museo Iconografico del Quijote, (Don Quixote) was fantastic. Don Quioxite is a favorite subject of a large number of artists and they are all here. This is a fantastic collection of art based on Don Quixote. The museum is spotless, the cleanest one we have ever been in. The bathroom is excellent. The price to go in - free. A must stop. There are paintings, murals, and sculptures. Unbelievable array of Don Quixote.

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    The underground streets

    by ephobius Updated Jan 1, 2004

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    What a labyrinth! This is a really impressive experience. This postcard shows some of the large and somewhat spooky underground streets of Guanajuato City. Cars and people go by them since long time ago. Many of this passages were built more than 200 years ago.

    You can't miss the chance of try this maze! ...and best of all, it's totally free!

    Guanajuato City underground streets
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    The Kiss Alley (Callejon del Beso)

    by fachd Updated May 30, 2014

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    If you want to be romantic with your partner take her/him to the Alley of Kiss (Callejon del Beso). The Alley is located near the Plaza de los Angeles. The narrow alley has two balconies. It is the site for the famous romantic legend where the tragic story of two young sweethearts happened. At small cost there are plenty of locals ready to take photo of you and partner kissing. If you go to the site and not kiss your partner, seven years bad luck upon you, well believe it or not.

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    Centrica plazuela del Baratillo

    by fachd Updated May 29, 2014

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    Centrica plazuela Baratillo. This little downtown plaza is lined with old houses and in the middle of the plaza is Florentine style iron fountain. Some of the old houses are converted to shops. There’s used to be Sunday market held at the plaza.

    I have to wait while she's buying more clothes!!
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    El Museo De Las Momias

    by fachd Updated May 28, 2014

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    El Museo De Las Momias. This mummy museum is one of the weirdest place I have visited. It is amazing and you can actually see their facial expressions, although it can be creepy. In the museum you’ll see men, woman and children mummies with clothing still intact . There are 119 mummified bodies are on display, 79 women, 21 men and 19 children which one of them is the smallest mummy in the world. The mummies were the residents of Guanajuato. I think the museum is worth visiting.

    Help I want my mummy!!
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    The Pantheon / Museo de las Momias Mexico

    by vaticanus Updated Sep 10, 2007

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    The Pantheon overlooks the city of Guanajuato. Here, bodies of the dead were placed inside crypts above ground. Heat dried the bodies creating mummies of exceptional quality. The first mummy, a French physician, was discovered after removal for failure to pay a burial tax in 1865. Beginning in the late 1800s some were transferred to galleries that are open to the public. The Pantheon contains the largest collection of mummies in the Western Hemisphere.

    Examinations of the mummies reveal many cases of arthritis caused by hard labor, tuberculosis, and the results of high infant mortality.

    Outside, there are a number of vendors and stalls that sell souvenirs of the Pantheon such as keychains, wallets, toys etc.

    The view of Guanajuato from the grounds of the Pantheon is tremendous- high up but not too far away. Although the route to walk up is confusing (NOTE: it is better to take a cab or bus up here); the walk down is a sightseer's paradise of tiny steep streets, stairways and brightly painted houses.

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    Gardens de la Exhacienda San Gabriel de Barrera

    by Sladja_79 Updated May 9, 2007

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    This site is a MUST SEE...if you happen to only have a few days in Guanajuato, or even just a few hours, this is a place you have to experience. Serenity, peace and quiet, aromas, greenery, colours...endless stunning views once the entry gate is crossed.

    An "oasis of peace and rest, where 'one's' body is refreshed and soul takes pleasure"...

    This oasis was originally used in the extraction of ore and in the modern age has been converted into a number of colorful gardens, cortyards, museum residences, and a restaurant/caffe. Originally owned by the Barrera family, the entire area extends over 22,000 square meters (237,000 square ft.). Today, it is owned and maintained by the City of Guanajuato.

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