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The Queen of Death Has a House in San Miguel

By Jesús Aguado

The iconic character from posadas and Diego Rivera, La Catrina, now has her own museum at calle San Francisco 18.

The Museo de la Catrina, aimed at strengthening the Mexican identity and customs, has three halls. In one of them is a skeleton lying on a bed and covered with red linen. It is called La Muertita (little dead one). There is also an offering dedicated to Sanmiguelense Sor Josefa Lina of the Holy Trinity. The most colorful images are those in the representation of a wedding which takes place during the Porfiriato—the period ruled by dictator Porfirio Díaz, 1876–1911. Antiques are also displayed. However, the Queen of Death stands out among all the decorations. The project was supported by federal congress women Azul Etcheverry and Verónica Agundis.

Cinthia Fuentes, director of the museum, told Atención that this is the second museum that her family has opened. The first one is in Saltillo, Coahuila. She announced that people will have the opportunity to visit the museum at night, and every two weeks there will be dramatizations of local legends. Also, attendees will have the change of wearing Catrina’s dresses, collars, hats and feathers.

Fuentes remarked that the local administration, headed by Ricardo Villarreal, has supported the project with 300,000 pesos which will allow 10,000 children from local schools to visit and learn more about the Mexican icon.

The museum will be open daily from 10am–10pm. The tickets cost 50 pesos for adults and 35 pesos for children and students. The exhibition will change every two months.


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