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Día de los Muertos Community Altars on View
October 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Free and open to the public from Tuesday, October 24 through Sunday, November 5 during regular museum hours. (Please check in at the Front Desk to visit the altars. Admission required to visit TAM galleries.)


Visit more than 30 community-created altars that honor and celebrate friends, family members, and public figures who have passed. A traditional part of Día de los Muertos, altars range from simple to very elaborate and are typically filled with photographs and objects that were dear to the departed. Today’s celebrations of Día de los Muertos combine centuries of indigenous practices with contemporary traditions and spiritual beliefs, including candles to light the way for visiting spirits, decorating with marigolds so that spirits can follow the strong scent leading them home, and providing food, blankets, combs and mirrors so that spirits can eat, rest, and freshen up before enjoying the celebration.

Altars for Día de los Muertos are coordinated by Proyecto MoLE.

Interested in arranging a self-guided group visit to see the altars? Click here to schedule your visit. Groups of 20 or more are required to pre-book their visit to the museum.


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