Welcome Day: Día de los Muertos
Join us as we honor the customs and heritage around Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a cultural tradition observed in Mexico and throughout Latin America to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Enjoy live music, participate in hands-on art activities, get an up-close look at NHM’s interpretive ofrenda (altar) for commemorating the dead, and more. Come together as a community and take part in this celebration of life!
Ongoing Programs from 11 am–3 pm
Welcome Table | East Entrance
Great location for Día de los Muertos program information.
Museum Collections | Rotunda
View unique items from the Anthropology collections that highlight Latin American cultures.
Día de los Muertos Ofrenda | Rotunda
Get an up-close look at NHM’s interpretive ofrenda (altar) for commemorating the dead. What items do you notice?
Activity: Día de los Muertos Reflection | Rotunda
Take a moment to reflect on a memory and write a message to someone you'd like to honor for Dia de los Muertos.
Flores Espirituales – Growing Spiritual Flowers | Nature Gardens
Free marigold seeds for visitors. Free guidance on how to sow and grow marigolds from seeds. Information about the botanical, historical, cultural aspects and spiritual significance of the flowers, and its role in the Day of the Dead traditions.
Flower display: Mariposas de la Paz (Butterflies of Peace) | Nature Gardens
An installation to create a connection between the living and loved ones lost. Incorporating symbols of hope, like the monarch butterflies, centered on the use of the marigold which is the spiritual flower capable of guiding souls back to earth to commune in peace and love.
Día de los Muertos Vendors | Nature Gardens
Support local businesses and visit a variety of Latinx vendors throughout the gardens.
Activity: Butterfly & Hummingbird Coloring | Nature Gardens
Color your very own butterfly or hummingbird to honor the life of a departed loved one.
Activity: Calavera Masks | Nature Gardens
Color your own calavera (skull) mask for Día de los Muertos.
11:30am | Storytime: Kid Del Toro with author Chogrin | Bird Viewing Platform
Join Lil’ Libros author Chogrin as he reads from his book, Kid Del Toro.
12–2 pm | Musical Performance: Mariachi Las Catrinas | Nature Gardens
Enjoy a Día de los Muertos musical performance in our gardens with special guests Mariachi Las Catrinas.
2:30 pm | Dance Performance: Ballet Folklorico Eterna Juventud | Nature Gardens
Enjoy a traditional Mexican dance performance in our gardens with special guests Ballet Folklorico Eterna Juventud.
Meet the Performers and Vendors:
Mariachi Las Catrinas
A professional mariachi ready to warm your hearts with our passion for Mariachi music!
Chogrin, author of Kid Del Toro
Chogrin is an artist and storyteller from Guayaquil, Ecuador. His imagination is fueled by his childhood, science, folklore, and his family and friends. For the last decade he has worked in the animation industry for companies like Cartoon Network and Disney. His artwork has been featured in multiple art galleries and publications around the world. He’s currently designing vinyl toys like “Guru del Toro,” as well as writing, drawing, and directing many projects from his art laboratory in Burbank, CA.
Ballet Folklorico Eterna Juventud
Ballet Folklorico Eterna Juventud was formed in 2004 under the direction of Manuel Ramírez and is made up of children, young people, and older adults. It is a group active in multiple events, social, cultural, local and international. They have participated in competitions that have obtained first, second, and third places that have been achieved based on tenacity and consistency. Several generations have passed through this group and it has left its mark on their personal lives while at the same time forming a lifestyle of pride in Mexican culture. The group's motto is to spread art wherever you are.
For the love of a flower. Empowering communities to grow Aztec Marigolds.
Drina and Quartz Mexican Artesanias
We sell handcrafted virgencitas and Saint Jude’s and other items made out of crystals. We also have totes and mugs inspired by our Mexican culture.
Vanechy Artesanal Boutique
Handcrafted Mexican Garments.
Yzzka Studio (Handmade Artistry)
Yzzka Studio provides handmade jewelry made of stainless steel, sterling silver, gold filled, seed beads, and crystal beads.
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