Museum of the Border Revolution in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
The Museum of the Border Revolution, also known as Muref, was constructed to commemorate the 1810 Mexican War of Independence that secured Mexico’s freedom from Spain and the Mexican Revolution of 1910. The Museum of Border Revolution was built during part of the 2010 Bicentennial/Centennial celebration and demonstrates the historical progression of Mexico in protecting their sacred culture, language, traditions, land, and people. The historical museum is built in an ancient customs building in downtown Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Ciudad Juárez, Mexico holds a symbolic importance for its role in the Mexican Revolution of 1910. The pinnacle point of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 was the capture of Ciudad Juárez and therefore the location will forever denote the imminence of revolution for the Mexican people.
The museum contains photographs, letters, films, and interactive depictions of the individuals, proceedings, and places that helped shape these two cornerstone events in Mexican history. Ciudad Juárez historian Alfredo Salazar described the 1910 Revolution as the “most photographed revolution” up until the time it took place. Consequently, the physical reminisces of the Revolution in photographs and articles from both Mexican and international press sources are abundant and displayed in the Museum of the Border Revolution. In addition, one of the most interesting things to see in the museum is a film dating back over a hundred years that depicts the violent and bloody intensity of a battle in El Paso during the Mexican Revolution. This film marks one of the first examples of wartime cinema.
The museum in Ciudad Juárez hosts daily tours to local students. The museum also hosts international tours for visitors from all over the world wanting to learn more about the integral role of independence and revolution in Mexico’s prolonged and diverse history.