The Independence Museum is located within a building built in the late eighteenth century by philanthropist Don Francisco Miguel Gonzalez, to establish the first prison in the Congregation of Dolores, Our Lady of Sorrows (Nuestra Señora de Dolores). In the early morning of Sunday, September 16, 1810, after giving the “Grito de Independencia”(Cry of Independence) in front of the parish of Dolores, Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla went to jail, took the keys from Mayor Feliciano, freed the prisoners who were there and invited them to join the libertarian cause.
In 1960, to mark the sesquicentennial of the libertarian movement, it was converted into a Museum of Handicrafts and inaugurated by Mr. Adolfo Lopez Mateos, President of Mexico. Later, to commemorate 175 years of our heroic epic, it became the Museum of Independence. Its seven rooms cover the following topics: "Free the Prisoners", "Background and Precursors of Independence," "The Heroic Epic", "Battle of Granaditas and Abolition of Slavery", "Trial of Hidalgo", "Consummation Independence" and "Patriotic Symbols".
Services: Guided tours, film series, exhibitions, conferences, concerts and various activities at the Guanajuato Auditorium.