Museum of Journalism and Graphic Arts

Av. Fray Antonio Alcalde 225, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

Guadalajara’s Museum of Journalism and Graphic Arts occupies a colonial mansion known as the House of Dogs for the two pointer sculptures on its roof. A famous site, it was home to Guadalajara’s first printing press, used to print the original edition of the first independent newspaper in the Americas, which was published during the Mexican War of Independence and lasted for just seven issues before its staff was prosecuted. Today, the building houses a fascinating museum, complete with media artifacts, a library, and unique temporary exhibitions.

Beyond its historical significance, however, the house is the center of several strange legends, including one about how the iron dogs on the roof come to life each night to await the ghost of their masters. It’s also rumored that the home’s onetime owners, a 70-year-old man and his 20-year-old wife, made a promise to each other to pray nine rosaries for the soul of whoever died first but, when the young wife remarried, she forgot the pact. Now, the house is said to be haunted—and the deed available to whoever enters alone at midnight to pray those abandoned rosaries.

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