Day of the Dead / Día De Los Muertos

Marvel the exquisite artistry and touching tributes of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the colorful religious celebration honoring the souls of the departed, which is practiced by Meso-American cultures. Families gather for festivities on November 1 (All Saints Day) and November 2 (All Souls Day), because it is believed the dead return to visit the living during this time.

Explore the traditions of Dia de los Muertos via full-scale models of a traditional Mexican home and graveyard, as they would typically appear during this celebration, and a customary ofrenda (memorial tables or altars) featuring decorative elements to honor their loved ones and items enjoyed by the deceased. Each year the Museum celebrates the holiday with a special community altar where visitors can leave mementos of their loved one(s) and authentic ofrendas decorated by local artists with photos, candles, flowers, breads and other memorial objects for visitors to enjoy.