Day of the Dead - American Museum of Natural History

Day of the Dead - American Museum of Natural History

Day of the Dead - American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

and the Mexican State of Oaxaca

invite you to


Join us for this all-day, family-friendly celebration of the
Oaxacan tradition of Day of the Dead.


Altars Dedicated to Extinct Animal Species

Culture and Science Exploration Stations

Live Music and Dance Performances

Saturday, November 3 | 11 AM-5 PM
Central Park West at 79th St

Complimentary Tickets

Festival Program

See below for more information on the day's festivities.


Mexican dance and music from Oaxaca and beyond. Presented by Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders.

Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Quetzalcóatl en Ixachitlán    

Traditional pre-Hispanic dance ceremony dedicated to Day of the Dead

Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Nueva York

The traditional music and dance festival of Guelaguetza takes place in Oaxaca every year. Representative of specific groups, these colorful and festive choreographies are a celebration of indigenous identity. 

Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino

Join us for a classic set with New York’s Mariachi Tapatio.

Exploration Stations

Cultural and scientific activities for the whole family.

Masks and Trinkets

Design your own Día de Muertos mask, mini-altars, and other takeaways in this colorful activity zone for all ages.

Papel Picado

Learn the legendary artform of Papel Picado, cutting imagery into colorful paper banners to take with you.

Storytime with NYPL

Join our friends from the New York Public Library in their reading nook, designed to bring some of the vibrant stories around Día de Muertos, Mexican Culture, and Animal Conservation to our younger visitors.

Pan de muerto

Enrique Olvera of Cosme and Atla, presents the tradition of Pan de Muerto. Learn about the methods of manufacturing, the messages behind the intricate designs, and taste the authentic recipe of this traditional dessert.

Prehispanic Encounter

Learn about the Museum’s collection of Zapotec artifacts and traditional funerary urns, used to honor ancestors of the pre-columbine cultures that inhabited the State of Oaxaca and beyond.

The Science of Skulls    

How do scientists use fossil skulls to piece together the human family tree? Examine fossil skull casts to learn about our extinct hominin relatives.

Center for Biodiversity and Conservation

The CBC integrates the Museum's science, collections, and technology to combat real-orld conservation problems and solutions. Meet conservation scientists and learn how they—and you— can work to protecting our planet’s biodiversity.

Artisanal Demonstrations

Learn about the deep cultural roots of traditional Oaxacan craftsmanship.

Cocina Tradicional

Expert artisanal chef Celia Florían presents ingredients endemic to Oaxaca, and an insight into the state’s rich flavorful history.

Barro Negro

The art of black clay pottery as practiced by Barro Negro master Omar Fabian

Alebrijes and Papier-Mâchè

Colorful, whimsical creatures sculpted in a fragile, yet precise method. Led by artist Jacobo Ángeles.


Intricate Oaxacan weaving, passed on from generation to generation, presented here by la maestra Elsa Abigail Mendoza.

El Mercado

Over 30 artisans from Mexico and the U.S. present their wares at this all-day Mexican Marketplace.

The Museum’s Día de Muertos Festival is presented in collaboration with the Mexican State of Oaxaca, an invited cultural partner.

Support for Celebrate Culture! is provided, in part, by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.; the Sidney, Milton and Leoma Simon Foundation; and the family of Frederick H. Leonhardt.

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