Day 300 | Mexico | Guanajuato | Getting Our Museum On

So many museums, so little time! LOL!

Guanajuato is full of a heap of interesting sounding museums which we were pretty keen to check out. First up on the list – Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato AKA the Mummy Museum. Now this place is weird as!! I thought there was some great historical significance to the mummies, however, as it turns out these bodies just happened to be exposed to just the right conditions which mummified them. Some of them hadn’t even been buried that long before they were dug up. It really gave me the creeps…

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Mrs Mummy

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Mr Mummy

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Outside

Onto the next museum – Alhondiga de Granaditas. If you will remember from the post last night, this was the place that had its gate burnt. The actual building was originally built as a grain storage facility, however it was only used as this for a few months before being turned into a fortress during the first attack that lead the Mexican Independence. After the attack, it was from this building that the heads of four of the insurgent leaders were hung from each corner as a warning to future rebels (this didn’t actually work as it proceeded to only spur them on further). Then it was converted to a military headquarters & hospital, then a prison before finally becoming a museum on Mexican history.

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One of the stamps from Aztec times

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A tribute to Hidalgo who was killed and had his head hung from the building

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The hook on the corner still remains where Hidalgo’s head hung

Time for lunch! We grabbed ourselves a couple of tacos at Cielito Lindo which were pretty tasty, then it was time for the Diego Rivera Museum. To be honest, this museum was a little bit of a disappointment. The museum is inside the Rivera family home and has a relatively small collection of Diego’s work. I think because we have been able to see some of his amazing murals and the exhibition in Mexico City, the museum had its work cut out for it trying to compete.

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Museum signs

Then it was museum number 4 for the day – Museo Iconográfico del Quijote – yes you are reading that right…this is a museum dedicated to all things Don Quixote!! It was actually a pretty interesting place to check out – who would have thought there could be a complete museum dedicated to paintings and inspirations of one character.

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Cool art

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More cool art

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And a statue

By this time we were a little museum-ed out, so we headed into La Choperia for a quick beer. Then we headed on home to try and get some researching and booking done for our future travel. Heading out for dinner we had an odd assortment tonight. First was off the street chilli corn in a cup with butter and mayo and lime and a whole assortment of other things. It was overly decadent and at the time tasty but afterwards a little sickening!! Then we had some little cream puff balls someone was selling before heading to Restaurante Bar la Bohemia for some guacamole and a margarita!

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Awesome bar top at La Choperia

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