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National Museum of Death

Address: a un Costado del Templo de San Diego, Aguascalientes, Mexico
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Quepos, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This is quite different from the Museum of Death I visited on Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles. This one in Aguascalientes has excellent Day of the Dead pieces, pre-colonial death masks and other old and unique death displays that are thought provoking. Their more recent collection of death-related material is a yawn at best, but their older more serious collection... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I happened to be there around Day of the Death. They had a huge altar outside the ticket booth and people were paying respect. Once inside the museum, I liked the old prehispanic pieces showing how natives to Mexico perceived death. not so much the newer pieces. At the end they have a world map showing the many ways people... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I came to Aguascalientes specifically to see this museum (I was en route to San Luis Potosi from Zacateca), so perhaps my expectations were too high. I am a huge Katrina fan, love all things day of the dead, am fascinated by the way death is treated in Mexico as opposed to the way we gringos do. But this museum... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This was a strange museum but very well done. There were guides there helping with every thing. Well worth a visit

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The artwork and culture on display here is amazing. Very fine pieces dealing with demise, yet so full of life in form and color. I can say they are even happy. This is not a place that intends to creep you out, or be in anyway morose. Celebrating death is a huge part of Mexico, as well as other countries... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

For the right person, this could be a very interesting cultural experience. I, however, was not able to make it through the museum. The morbidity of it truly affected me so much so that I had to leave shortly after arriving. The group I was with (several of which were nurses) found it fascinating and had to be convinced to... More 

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Salinas, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Overall this is a nice museum to spend 1-2 hours in. Unique experience!.. there is Lots of art on display and best of all its inexpensive!

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

It was fascinating to realize that the attraction to death goes back to the pre-columbian era. it as a vast collection of art craft and modern art pieces. Besides, you are visiting the original building of the oldest University of the city! Not suitable for small children for obvious reasons.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

This museum is very intersting. Even if you're not familiar with the theme, you'll still enjoy all of the art pieces there are small descriptions and some history behind the death theme in Mexican Culture. All of the descriptions are in Spanish though. Really enjoyed the different Katrina's

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Kingston, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

If you understand the basic significance of "el muerto" in Mexican culture you will love this museum. It is basic but has a terrific collection of "calavera" (skeleton) art divided into three rooms of pre-Columbian, art and religious artifacts. The creativity of many of these pieces is a real delight. Admission is very inexpensive.

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