Les momies accidentelles de Guanajuato


Les momies accidentelles de Guanajuato

Les momies accidentelles de Guanajuato


Cette semaine, j’ai eu la chance de visiter une exposition un peu particulière. Fasciné par le fantastique, par les légendes et tout ce qui tient un peu du macabre, je me suis rendu à un musée de science naturelle afin d’y visiter l’exposition des momies accidentelles.

Ce fut une belle expérience, la proximité avec ces momies centenaires, partiellement préservées et bien détaillées, m’a grandement inspiré. L’histoire derrière ces momies est intéressante, ce sont des vestiges tangibles et réels d’une époque pas si lointaine.

Le musée visité avait 38 de ces spécimens et ce fut un 12 $ bien dépensé. (D’autant plus qu’avec le même billet j’avais droit au zoo, à l’exposition des dinosaures, au centre des reptiles et insectes, ainsi qu’au centre d’exploration spatiale.)

Malheureusement, il était interdit de prendre des photographies et celles que j’ai mises sur ce site viennent de l’Internet. L’information sur cette exposition est aussi entièrement en anglais (désolé).


Voici les momies accidentelles de Guanajuato :






Only 1 in 100 bodies buried in Guanajuato ever experience the mysterious process of natural mummification. Unlike bodies that are « artificially » mummified through an embalming and wrapping process, accidental mummies form only in certain climates and conditions.

Scientists believe Guanajuato’s mummies represent a wide cross-section of people, which is rare and beneficial from a study perspective. Another fascinating aspect of this exhibition is the range of time they have been mummified – some more than a century and others a few decades. All of this gives these mummies distinct personalities. Some were miners, fathers, mothers and soldiers… others farmers and some even children. They are revered by their descendants and have been visited by millions.


Momies de femme enceinte


Mummies and mummy studies appeal to large audiences, and many of Guanajuato’s mummies’ true identities are buried with time. Now, using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, including endoscopy, x-rays, computed tomography, molecular analysis and forensic reconstruction, the Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato exhibition is the first to give these Central Mexico’s most famous residents a re-constructed human face and story.

Learn more about the science that re-created their identities in the exhibition’s Forensics Laboratory, where mummy skeletal structures, internal organs and cellular composition can be seen. Just like a detective novel or scenes from a CSI episode, science helps to answer questions such as: How did they die? How did they live? What was their approximate age?




Built in the colonial era during the mining boom between the 16th and 18th centuries, the city of Guanajuato is one of the most charming areas in the nation. Color flows throughout the city that once mined two-thirds of the world’s silver. Today, the city mines its rich cultural treasures by inviting visitors to walk romantic stone pathways, enjoy ongoing celebration and festivals throughout the dozens of plazas, and of course pay homage to their most famous residents… the mummies.

The first mummy – a French doctor – was uprooted in 1865. The last – a 9-month old boy – was unearthed in 1958. Some initially feared the mummies could be demons, but that has never stopped millions from wanting to see them at El Museo de las Momais – today’s resting place for Guanajuato’s most famous residents. Year after year, the museum’s attendance rivals that of a Broadway hit.

Now the especial exhibition Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato brings together the culture and traditions with the mummies to give visitors in the United States a glimpse inside this vibrant Central Mexico city. Explore the graceful crypt walls, stately monuments and grave markers filled with poetry to learn about their history and ritual along with the rare process of natural mummification. Learn about the Day of the Dead, a celebration at the heart of Mexican culture and its customs unique to the residents of Guanajuato.



Pour les amateurs de momies, visitez le site de l’IMAGINARIUS – le petit journal du fantastique  :  hors série histoire de momies.




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