Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos

Grades 2–12, 60 Minutes

Day of the Dead programIntegrates with studies of

  • Mexico and Mexican people today and in the past
  • Customs from around the world
  • Spanish language
  • Visual arts interdisciplinary connections

Program Description

On the Day of the Dead, November 2nd, Mexicans celebrate death as a part of life. Visit an ofrenda or altar to explore the elements of this festival through hands-on artifacts. Then make a take-home craft. Choose at the time of reservation either calacas (skull masks) or cempasúchils (paper flowers). This presentation encourages student participation, including discussion and handling artifacts. The class takes place in the Encounters with the Americas galleries.

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"We have done the self-guided tour in the past, and incorporating the program into our day was a wonderful choice for us! The students were engaged and excited. The presenter was great and thoughtfully interacted with the students. It tied directly to our curriculum and the students learned a lot beyond what we had been able to cover in class."
--4th Grade, Lynch Elementary School, Winchester, MA

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Interactive Altar Post-Visit Student Activity

A close-looking activity using an interactive 360° image.