September 12 – December 8, 2023
Día de Muertos is celebrated over several days coinciding with the Catholic observances of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days (Nov. 1 and 2). The holiday has roots in both ancient pre-Hispanic celebrations and medieval Spanish Catholic practices, and has evolved to feature a blend of elements from both traditions. The celebration is a festive time when families remember their dead and honor the continuity of life.
The Lam Museum’s annual exhibit celebrates this unique observance. For 2023, the exhibit has been updated with all new interpretation that examines the diverse ways that people celebrate Día de Muertos in both Mexico and the United States through artifacts and images. The exhibit’s centerpiece is a traditional ofrenda, an altar with food and beverage offerings, flowers, sugar skulls, and photos of deceased loved ones. The colorful exhibit also includes information on the celebration’s history and its unique skeleton-themed folk art. Visitors also have the opportunity to add their loved ones to our digital ofrenda here. The exhibit presents text in English and Spanish.