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“The Death Museum of San Juan del Río” reopens its doors

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For the last two weeks, the Death Museum of San Juan del Rio remained closed due to an intensive renovation work in order to increase the museography and improve the cultural offer.

Director of the Municipal Culture and Tourism Institute, Eduardo Guillén Romero explained that the recent renovation works dignify both museology and common areas, in order to provide a better experience for the visitors.


Built in the old Santa Veracruz cemetery and inaugurated in June 1997, this 18th-century building houses a unique museum. (Photo: am.com.mx)

Guillén Romero stated that due to the temporary closure of the museum, people started speculating and somebody even filed a complaint with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).”

However, INAH’s personnel made a verification visit to the premises and found absolutely no infractions to the code of monuments and historical buildings.

Guillén Romero concluded that to carry out a full recovery and restoration work of the museum, more financial resources are required.

“The Death Museum of San Juan del Río” (Museo de la Muerte de San Juan del Río) reopened its doors to the public on Wednesday October, 26.

Source: http://www.am.com.mx/

About San Juan del Río

A city on the north of Queretaro State, the second of economic and political importance in the State.



This city has been fruitful archeological ground where many vestiges of the ancient Otomi culture have been found. The Otomi inhabited this region around the year 400 B.C., as one of the oldest societies in Mexico. The spiritual conquest of San Juan del Rio by Spaniards seems to have been more peaceful than in other cities on account of being less populated. It was founded as villa in 1531 with the goal of establishing, together with the villa of Santiago, a frontier to safeguard Spaniards during their battles against Chichimeca groups.

These two villas served as middle grounds between the paths that joined the mines of Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi with Mexico City.

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