The Day of the Dead at WF Museum of Anthropology

Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico

September 12 – December 8, 2017

Día de Muertos is celebrated in Mexico over several days and coincides with the Catholic observances of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days on the first and second days of November.

Day of the Dead Displays at MOA

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 considered to be a festive time when families remember their dead and honor the continuity of life.

See the displays of items used to celebrate and commemorate.

Day of the Dead Exhibit










The Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology ( MOA) has a wonderful annual exhibit that celebrates this uniquely Mexican observance.

The exhibit’s centerpiece is a traditional ofrenda, an altar with food and beverage offerings, flowers, sugar skulls, and photos of deceased family members.

The colorful display features a children’s ofrenda and a photo essay illustrating the celebration in San Miguel Allende.  It also includes information on the celebration’s history and its unique skeleton-themed folk art.

The exhibit text  is presented in English and Spanish and makes a great homeschool field trip.

Admission & Hours

Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Day of the Dead Candle Holders


Special arrangements can be made for groups and events.

Call 336-758-5282 or EMAIL to schedule a group visit.

Click HERE to find out more.

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