Day of the Dead - American Museum of Natural History

Day of the Dead - American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural Histoty

invites you to

Día de Muertos

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

Saturday, November 2 | 11 AM - 4 PM

American Museum of Natural History 
Milstein Hall of Ocean Life
Hall of Biodiversity

Central Park West at 79th St

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extinct animal species, performances by Mexican folk musicians and dance troupes, hands-on artisanal and scientific workshops, and a craft marketplace.
Festival Program
Performances

Immerse yourself in the traditions of Día de Muertos in this family-friendly, full-day festival featuring altars dedicated to extinct animal species, performances by Mexican folk musicians and dance troupes, hands-on artisanal and scientific workshops, and a craft marketplace.

Festival Program

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

Performances

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

Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Quetzalcóatl in 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 Sol Azteca
Join us for a classic set with New York’s Mariachi Sol Azteca.

Exploration Stations

Cultural and scientific activities for the whole family.

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

Papel Picado
Learn the legendary art form 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.

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-world conservation problems and solutions. Meet conservation scientists and learn how they—and you— can work to protecting our planet’s biodiversity.

El  Mercado

Artisans and merchants from Mexico and the U.S. present their wares at this all-day Mexican Marketplace