The Cockrell Butterfly Center is closed for renovations.

La Virgen de Guadalupe: Empress of the Americas

This is a closed, past exhibit; it is not available for viewing.

She’s been a symbol of hope, protection and comfort to her followers for almost 500 years, but why? What is it about her that has inspired millions throughout the Americas? According to deeply held beliefs, La Virgen de Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego in 1531 and changed his life. Today, her image represents not only a great miracle, but the identity of a nation of believers. Trace the story back to its origins in our limited engagement exhibition.

Information panels are printed in both English and Spanish, and an audio guide is accessible by cell phone.

Translation services generously supported by Trini and O. C. Mendenhall Foundation.
Curator: Dirk Van Tuerenhout Ph.D.

Dr. Van Tuerenhout joined the Museum staff full-time in 1999. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Ph.D., Curator of Anthropology Dr. Van Tuerenhout is an expert in human cultures, especially those of Latin America, and is well versed in archaeology and anthropology. He took part in excavations of Late Roman ruins in his….


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