Museo de las Momias is perhaps one of the most visited museums in Guanajuato. However, you must have a special mindset to be able to visit it. The reason? The museum holds a total of 111 mummified corpses that were extracted from the city’s cemetery, the Santa Paula Pantheon. In Mexico, one must pay “rent” to be able to keep a beloved’s body in their graves and if it is not paid, the body will be exhumed.
In 1865, the first mummy and over the next few years, more mummified bodies were discovered due to the soil’s specific properties. To honour the bodies, the museum was created. There are corpses belonging to children, men and women in exhibition. The museum can be quite perturbing and terrifying to visit but it is, in many ways, a must when in Guanajuato as it shows the relaxed attitude Mexicans have towards death.