Mummies in Tijuana

TJ Kitty by Kinsee Morlan

"TJ Kitty" by Kinsee Morlan

This sounds strange, but there are currently dead bodies on view at Tijuana’s former Jai Alai stadium, El Foro.

Eighteen of the famous “Mummies of Guanajuato” are on view in Tijuana through Nov. 12.  I’ve heard the reason the mummies are at El Foro instead of a proper museum is that CECUT, Tijuana’s museum of art, refused to have the show in their space.  No word as to why.

Anyway, the show sounds creepy and perfect for the Day of the Dead season.  More info below:


The legendaries mummies from the “Mummies of Guanajuato Museum” have come to Tijuana for this Spooky Halloween Season and will be exhibited on the former Jai Alai Palace on Tijuana’s Avenida Revolucion until Wednesday November 12th. Visitors can observe the mummies and enjoy the spooky legends while having a guided tour through the facilities and get an inside look and an explanation on how the bodies were naturally mummified.

Tijuana, Baja California, October 24, 2008 –In this month filled with ghostly celebrations and until November 12th, one of Mexico’s better known attractions, “The Guanajuato Mummies” are going to be exhibited in the tourist district in Avenida Revolucion at the former “Jai Alai Palace” now named “El Foro”. 18 pieces were extracted from the “Mummies of Guanajuato Museum” to be on tour visiting the most important cities of Mexico, the mummies have been in Mexico City, Monterrey and Merida and now in Tijuana. More than 150 thousand visitors are expected in this groundbreaking exhibition, this is the first time that the mummies come to Tijuana and it’s a great opportunity for visitors to enjoy a piece of Mexican folklore just crossing the border, you don’t need to go to Egypt anymore.


The mummies are more than 150 years old, the first body was extracted in 1865 and all the corpses are naturally mummified. They did not go through a conservation process like other mummies in the world; this is due to natural characteristics of the environment of the area.

The mummies are considered Cultural Patrimony of Guanajuato, and part of Mexico’s traditions like “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) on November 2nd; the museum in Guanajuato receives more than 2 thousand visitors daily in high season, these mummies have been motive of legends, Mexican classic 70’s movies, and many research and studies by US Specialists like the Bioanthropology Research Institute at Quinnipiac University, because of the mysterious mummification process. The next stop of the tour will be Chicago Illinois. The Mummies of Guanajuato are part of Mexico’s culture and traditions and it’s a great opportunity to live the Guanajuato Experience in Tijuana.

This historic Exhibition is a public event, open to all ages, Monday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Admission is 45 pesos (around $4 dollars) and kids 20 pesos (around $2 dollars) the exhibitions starts with an explanatory video and continues with a guided tour. Visitors of the “Mummies of Guanajuato Museum Exhibition” coming from the United States will get a round trip discount price from Mexicoach Buses ($5 dollars).

Tickets can be purchased at:

San Ysidro Pedestrian Border Crossing, Right Across the border. (011 52) 664 607-3097

Avenida Revolucion, Ave. Revolucion between 3rd and 4th St. (011 52) 685-2210

Airport, Airport waiting hall/Public Area (011 52) 664 683-8244

Visitors can also park at San Ysidro and walk over the border; take Mexicoach buses; or use the yellow taxi services just steps across the US-Mexico Border. The Tijuana Convention and Visitors Bureau and U.S. Border Authorities remind visitors to Tijuana to bring a copy of their birth certificate plus a driver’s license, or a passport, to ease northbound border inspections.

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For more information, contact the Tijuana Convention & Visitors Bureau toll free from the U.S. at 1-888-775-2417, or visit their website .  Also, contact Liliana Vazquez of IMAC at or

About Kinsee Morlan

Arts and web editor at San Diego CityBeat. Interested in art and the Tijuana/San Diego border.
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2 Responses to Mummies in Tijuana

  1. Enrique says:

    I have seen the mummies in Guanajuato. The “museum” they are in is as museum like as El Foro is. There isn’t any climate control and some of the display cases have gaps so if you wanted you could touch the mummies. Pretty neat looking though.

  2. Pingback: Day of the Dead this weekend in Tijuana and beyond « Across the border

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