The Top 8 Museums in Guanajuato, Mexico

The view over Guanajuato, Mexico © Russ Bowling / flickr
The view over Guanajuato, Mexico © Russ Bowling / flickr
Photo of Jack Guy
3 January 2018

Guanajuato is a beautiful mountain city with a fascinating history. Here are some of the best museums to learn more about its past.

Mummified bodies / flickr | © Kevin Hutchinson

Museo de las Momias

One of the most popular tourist attractions in town is this bizarre museum containing the mummified remains of former residents of the city cemetery. Under local law families who do not keep up payments for their plot will see their relatives exhumed, and some of them have been put on display here.

Explanada del Panteón Municipal s/n, Centro, Panteon, Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico +52 473 732 0639

Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera

Some 2.5 kilometers from the center of the city is this old colonial home, which now houses a museum revealing how wealthy landowners lived under Spanish rule. There are opulent furnishings and amazing gardens to explore.

KM 2.5, Guanajuato-marfil, El Cerrito, Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico +52 473 732 0619


The Alhondiga de Granaditas in Guanajuato was the site of an important victory for Mexican independence fighters © Eneas de Troya / flickr

Museo Regional de Guanajuato Alhóndiga de Granaditas

Once a granary under Spanish rule, this huge stone building was turned into a fortress during the Mexican War of Independence. It was the site of the first major victory over the Spanish, and today houses a museum on the history, crafts and archaeology of the region.

Mendizábal 6, Centro, Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico +52 473 732 1112

Museo Iconográfico del Quijote

A restored 19th-century home hosts this museum containing 600 pieces of art inspired by the novel Don Quixote. The collection was gathered by Spanish writer and journalist Eulalio Ferrer, who was inspired by the classic Miguel de Cervantes text during his time in a Spanish concentration camp in the 1930s.

Manuel Doblado 1, Zona Centro, Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico +52 473 732 6721

Detail of Diego Rivera Mural | © Adam Jones/Flickr

Bocamina de San Ramón & Bocamina de San Cayetano

Since silver was found here in 1548, the district of Valenciana has been famous for mining. These two neighboring mines are now tourist attractions, allowing visitors to descend around 60 meters into the Earth, and there is a museum to look around too. Take a tour with a former miner to learn about what life was like for those that worked there.

San José, Valenciana, Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico

Casa de Arte Olga Costa- José Chávez Morado

This former well was converted into a home and studio by artists Olga Costa and José Chávez Morado in 1966. When they passed away they left a collection of 16-18th century items on display for the Mexican public, including masks, furniture, embroidery and ceramics.

Calle Pastita 148, Paxtitlan, Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico +52 473 731 0977