Las Momias de Guanajuato

By on February 11, 2014

Guanajuato, Mexico is home to El Museo De Las Momias, a unique museum where the mummified remains of over one hundred 19th century cholera victims are on display.
Las Momias de Guanajuato mummies on display in Mexico

The cholera epidemic gripped the city of Guanajuato in 1833, causing large numbers of deaths in a short period of time, causing new cemeteries to be opened. Years later local taxes made it quite costly to keep the remains interred, so families began to remove them. The naturally mummified bodies were stored in a building which eventually became this museum.

In an attempt to control the spread of the disease, bodies were buried very quickly. This lead to dying people being buried accidentally. As a result, some of the mummies bear eternally horrified expressions.

The mummified remains of a bearded man in a jacket at the El Museo De Las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico

A row of mummies on display at the El Museo De Las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico

Mummified remains in glass coffins at the El Museo De Las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico

A cholera mummy at the El Museo De Las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico

A mummified woman and fetus at the El Museo De Las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico

Mummified man holding a piece of paper at the El Museo De Las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico

Mummified remains of a woman in a casket at the El Museo De Las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico

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One Comment

  1. Gavi

    August 27, 2016 at 8:52 am

    These mummies aren’t horrified, the mouths open as a result of gravity and gas release. They weren’t embalmed or had their eyes and mouths sewn so they shifted.

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