For Immediate Release - Two Events, Twice the Fun!

day of the deadDay of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Family Event

When: Sunday, November 1, 2009. 1:00–4:30 PM

Where: Peabody Museum

Admission: Free with Museum admission. Sugar Skull Workshops extra: $5/participant, no reservations required

Contact:  617-496-1027 (Public Information)


Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Fiesta

When: Monday, November 2, 2009      5:30–8:00 PM

Where: Peabody Museum

Admission: Free, tickets required. Tickets available Oct. 15 online at or at the Peabody Museum front desk (call ahead for availability 617-496-1027). No reserved tickets or "will call."

Contact: 617-496-1027 (Public Information)


(Cambridge, October 2, 2009) The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the Consulate General of Mexico present two public events in early November honoring Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos).

The Family Event on Sunday, November 1, 2009 from 1:00 to 4:30 PM will feature traditional Mexican dance performances, craft activities including papel picado (colorful Mexican paper decorations), calaca masks (decorating skull masks in the Day of the Dead-style), paper marigolds (making distinctive Day of the Dead decorations), and the popular Sugar Skull Workshops (decorating traditional sugar skulls). Then relax with the kids at the Cambridge Public Library story corner. Admission is free with regular Museum admission. No tickets or reservations are required. Sugar skull workshops are an additional $5.00/participant.   The Fiesta on Monday, November 2 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM will feature live Mexican Son music by La Tuza and a dance performance by Harvard Ballet Folklórico de Aztlán. Visitors can also taste some pan de muerto (bread of the dead), sip hot chocolate, and much more. Open from November 1 –30 in the gallery is the Peabody’s annual temporary Day of the Dead altar where visitors can honor departed loved ones with written messages.  Admission to the Fiesta is free, and tickets are required. Tickets are available starting October 15 at or by stopping by the Peabody Museum front desk. Call the front desk (617-496-1027) to check availability, as tickets are limited.  



This event is sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University; the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico; Nomad; and Cambridge Public Library.  


Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos

Originating with the Aztecs, the Mexican Day of the Dead is a unique blend of Mesoamerican and Christian rituals. The holiday is celebrated on November 1st, All Saints’ Day, usually dedicated to children; and November 2nd, All Souls’ Day. Traditions vary from region to region, but generally families gather at cemeteries to tend and decorate the graves of their departed loved ones, remember them by telling stories, eating their favorite foods, and dancing in their honor. Many families build altars at home, decorated with flowers and food, especially pan de muerto, “bread of the dead.” A festive and social occasion, the holiday welcomes the return of those who have died and recognizes the human cycle of life and death.


About the Peabody Museum

The Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. It is home to superb materials from Africa, ancient Europe, North America, Mesoamerica, Oceania, and South America in particular. In addition to its archaeological and ethnographic holdings, the Museum’s photographic archives, one of the largest of its kind, hold more than 500,000 historical photographs, dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and chronicling anthropology, archaeology, and world culture.

Hours and location: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., seven days a week. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for children, 3–18. Free with Harvard ID or Museum membership. The Museum is free to Massachusetts residents Sundays, 9 A.M. to noon, year round, and Wednesdays from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. (September to May). Admission includes admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. For more information call 617-496-1027 or go online to: The Peabody Museum is located at 11 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Museum is a short walk from the Harvard Square MBTA station.

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