Now, for the first time ever, they are coming to the United
States in an all-new touring exhibition, The Accidental
Mummies of Guanajuato.
The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato
is a 10,000 square-foot exhibition that will debut at the
Detroit Science Center in October 2009 before touring six other
U.S. destinations from 2010-2012.
Featuring 36 accidental mummies on loan from the Museo de las
Momias de Guanajuato, the
exhibition combines science, history and
cultural anthropology to immerse
the visitor in the world of a Mexican city over 100 years ago
where deceased residents naturally mummified in their crypts.
This will be the very first time these mummies have been seen
outside of Mexico
“Death has been part of the culture of
Mexico, and in particular of Guanajuato for centuries.
Our Mummy Museum represents our way of acknowledging the every
day citizens that once walked our streets, whose bodies have
transcended generations because of a natural process,” said
Dr. Eduardo Romero Hicks,
Mayor of the city of Guanajuato, Mexico.
“This presentation for the first time in the U.S. provides the
opportunity for these mummies to tell their story, to show the
way they lived, and in some instances the way they died. In this
global world that we live in, we want to make sure that their
story is heard beyond our borders.”
“These mummies have attracted millions of visitors to Guanajuato
and it is an honor to bring them to the United States,” said
Kevin Prihod, President & CEO of the Detroit Science Center.
“This exhibition will present a unique look into Mexican
culture, forensic science and
the very lives of these amazing mummies. It is an experience not
to be missed.”
Only 1 in 100 bodies buried in Guanajuato experiences this rare
and mysterious process of natural mummification. Unlike bodies
that were “artificially” mummified through an embalming and
wrapping process, accidental mummies form only in certain
climates and conditions.
Local legend held that the bodies in Guanajuato became mummified
because the area’s water is rich in minerals and sulfur. However
researchers believe that the hot weather warmed the crypts and
dried out the bodies.
The Guanajuato collection is believed to be the largest group of
mummies anywhere in the Western Hemisphere.
Visitors to the exhibition will meet some of these accidental
mummies, learn about life in their thriving community, discover
the modern-day forensic technology that helps scientists analyze
them, and explore a culture that reveres and celebrates them.
Each mummy will tell his or her own story, with facial
reconstructions completed by a forensic artist to give insight
into their lives.
“Through full-body CT scans at Oakwood
Imaging Center (Dearborn, Mich.), along with recent x-rays and
endoscopic examinations conducted by mummy experts Jerry
Conlogue and Ronald Beckett of Quinnipiac University, we are
making new and exciting discoveries about the mummies featured
in the exhibition.
We look forward to sharing our findings with our visitors,” said
Vivian Henoch, Medical Science Content Developer for the
The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato
is a highly educational exhibition, meeting multiple objectives
found in the National Science Education
Standards for grades 5-12. A complete educational guide
including classroom activities, historical fun facts, a glossary
and more will be available to school groups visiting the
For further information, including an interactive tour of the
exhibition, please visit
Tickets for the Detroit tour stop will go on sale in Fall 2009.
The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato is produced by Eekstein’s
Workshop, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Detroit Science
Center that creates captivating, durable, engaging exhibits and
displays for museum and corporate clients, in association with
Accidental Mummies Touring Company
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