Historic Sites and Architecture

Church at Mina de Valenciana, The richest mine in Guanajuato still in operation today. It supplied enough silver to sponsor the spanish empire, and its colonies.


Guanajuato's Famous Silver Mines, The

Valenciana, Real de Santa Ana, and Mineral

de la Luz mines are still open to the public.






















Museums

Alhondiga De Granaditas, an old grain storage built in 1798 during Colonial Guanajuato. It was created to replace an old granary near the city's river. It has become an archeological museum, and a historic landmark.


Casa Museo Gene Byron     The old hacienda of Santa Ana houses Canadian born artist work.  This Museum offers art workshops, and Sunday afternoon concerts that range from Baroque music to Jazz.


Diego Rivera's House Museum    The birthplace of the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, a well preserved traditional Mexican residence that houses Rivera’s personal collection of his own artwork.


Don Quixote Iconographic Museum    A museum dedicated to the image of Don Quijote, showcasing local art and donations.


Olga Costa/Chavez Morado Museum  Located in the grounds of a XVII century hacienda was the house of renowned artists Olga Costa and José Chávez Morado (contemporary of Diego Rivera).  Incredible art collection and picturesque grounds.






 
Plaza de la Paz en Guanajuato, Mexico

El Pipila Statue, a 28-meter tall statue of the independence hero, atop the San Miguel hill.   There is a  funicular (cable car) just behind Teatro Juarez that takes you to this place.

Juan Jose Martinez, also known as El Pipila, is the legend of a hero who wore a stone slab on his back to protect himself while burning the Spanish troops in the Alhóndiga, or granary in September 1810. The view is particularly beautiful at night.


Juarez Theater, built in 1875, it is one of Mexico's most impressive theaters. The

Historic Landmarks
Juarez Theater

Archeological Sites

Peralta The region was initially settled around 100 AD. The center occupied about 22 hectares of land and was home to over 22 pyramids. A multitude of terraced agricultural fields  supported the population. Peralta is located just outside the village of San Jose de Peralta, in Guanajuato.


Plazuelas The site is open to the public and it is dominated by a large, rectangular plaza with several pyramidal structures and platforms, along with a massive ball court. The site lies about 10 km west of the city of Pénjamo, Guanajuato.


Cañada de la Virgen A pre-Columbian archeological site that lies about 30 km southwest of the city of San Miguel de Allende (due west of Presa de Allende).


El Coporo It is regarded as one of the four most important archaeological sites in the state and is situated in the western foothills of Sierra de Santa Bárbara, near San José del Torreón.

Ex Hacienda San Gabriel

architecture of this theater is Neoclasic with a moorish twist, and lavish interiors.  It was inaugurated in 1903 by President Porfirio Diaz, and it is a testimony to the wealth originated from the mines.


Presa de la Olla (Dam of La Olla) was built in 1749 to supply fresh water to the town.  In this place you can rent a little boat, or visit the nearby park surrounded by the beautiful mountains.  The area is ideal for a quite break and a nice walk.

Ex Hacienda de San Gabriel de Barrera Museum & Gardens.   A 17th century former Hacienda that served as a depository for the region's gold and silver until the late 1700s. It is located outside of Guanajuato, and it is currently a museum with a variety of exquisite gardens.


Mummy Museum (Museo de las Momias) Due to the local graveyard overcrowding, the local authorities were forced to exhume several bodies, and when they did they found some of the bodies had turned into mummies. Soon after this museum was built to house a really strange and unique exhibit.

Pueblo Museum  It was founded in 1979 as a place to showcase popular Mexican arts and crafts.  Among their collections “the miniatures” are exemplary of the extraordinary artisanal dexterity, and Mexican workmanship.

Ex Hacienda San Gabriel