The mummy museum in the Mexican city of Guanajuato is a tourist attraction that causes conflicting emotions. The main exhibits of the museum are the bodies of people who died in a 100-year period (from the 30s of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century), displayed under glass windows. Mummification of corpses occurred naturally, due to the arid climate and soil composition. The museum’s fund consists of 111 mummified bodies, but only half are displayed in the halls.
In 1865, the city authorities issued a decree under which each grave was taxed. Relatives of the deceased were required to pay a certain amount for extending the stay of the dead in the cemetery. In those cases when relatives refused to pay or were absent in principle, the cemetery workers opened the graves and exhumed the corpses. Many of the bodies were well preserved – there were hair, teeth and nails, and some even had clothes and shoes, and therefore were demolished in a separate room. Continue reading