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Film Location: Mummy Museum, Guanajuato, Mexico

Written on October 30, 2016

Mummy Museum, Guanajuato

Not for the faint-hearted, the Guanajuato Mummy Museum is home to more than 100 mummified cadavers on display, including murder victims, a Spanish Inquisition victim in an iron maiden, criminals buried alive, a woman who died in childbirth, and children. The bodies date back to the cholera outbreak of 1833, with some cadavers as recent as 1999, including a baby in plastic diapers. Many of the corpses are so well preserved that their eyebrows, beards and fingernails are still intact.

The grisly location is the ideal setting for a horror movie… 6 American tourists visiting during Día de los Muertos get locked in the museum, science or the supernatural bring the mummies to life, throw in a priest and some lucha libres, and you have yourself a movie…

Guanajuato itself is a beautiful UNESCO Heritage colonial city with cobblestone streets, winding alleys, and an extensive system of underground tunnels that could just as easily be used in a vampire film or a car commercial.

Film Location Permits

With over 4,000 visitors every week, filming at the Guanajuato Mummy Museum is restricted to after opening hours only. The museum is open seven days a week and closes for a day every two months in order to clean the mummies. The museum is run by the state of Guanajuato. Depending on the specifics of the shoot, several levels of permitting may be required from city, state and federal government departments.

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Mexican Film Crew

Mexico City, a 5 hour drive away, is the closest major production centre where equipment and film crew need to come from. Guadalajara, a 3.5 hour drive away, also has some gear and crew. If you are considering filming at the Guanajuato Mummy Museum, and require a local fixer or service producer, please contact us. If you require a Mexican shooting crew, such as a director, DP, videographer, or photographer, we can recommend options based on the specific needs of your shoot.