MN History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102




$11 adults
$9 seniors (65+)
$9 college students (valid ID)
$9 active military (valid ID)
$6 children ages 6-17
Free to the public Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.
Free for MHS members and children age 5 and under.
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Exhibit Hours

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tues.;
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.;
12 to 5 p.m. Sun.;
Closed Mon. (open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. holidays year round)
Museum Holiday Hours

Library Hours

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tues.;
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed.-Sat.;
Closed Sun. and Mon.
Library Holiday Hours


2014 Apr 18

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Day of the Dead

Thanks to everyone who came out to our 2013 event! See you next year!

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, 12-4 p.m.
Included with museum admission

Download a brochure about the event (including Spanish translation)

Learn about the holiday and join the History Center’s annual celebration that features, music, folkloric dancing, cooking demonstrations, traditional Mexican games, skullmaking workshop, make-it-take-it activities, samples of traditional foods, and beautiful ofrendas (altars), tributes to those who have departed, created by local students and professional artists.
Schedule of events:
• Meet Catrina and Panchito stiltwalkers
Noon to 4 p.m.
• Photography display by Martha Driessen
• Nicho (shadowbox) making
12:30 p.m.
• Opening Ceremony with Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue Aztec dance troupe
1 to 4 p.m.  
• Clay skull-making workshop with B.J. Christofferson ($1 supply fee) 
Noon, 1:30 & 3 p.m.
• Posada Printmaking, history and process with David Dybiec (session space is limited)
Noon & 2:45 p.m. 
• Mexican Folk Songs with Rico Duran and Siluetas
12:30 to 3 p.m. 
• Loteria (Mexican bingo) 
1:00 p.m. (while supplies last)
• Sample spicy Mexican hot chocolate and Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead), courtesy of the Consulate of Mexico 
1:45 & 3:30 p.m.
• Mexican folk dance with Los Alegres Bailadores
* Remarks by Consul of Mexico, Alberto Fierro Garza at 1:45 p.m. 
1:30 & 2:45 p.m.  
• Skeletons in the Closet: A Day of the Dead Story – puppet show with Julie Kastigar and Gustavo Boada
Ofrendas (Ofrendas will be on display at the History Center 10/26-11/2)
• Ofrendas (altars) designed by B.J. Christofferson, Chuck Dollar, Martha Driessen, Sandra Felemovicius , Veronica Jato, Monica Vega and family, and local students  from Minneapolis and St. Paul; Academia Cesar Chavez School,  Armstrong High School, Guadalupe Alternative Programs, La Oportunidad, Inc.,  Olson Middle School, and Robbinsdale Middle School.   Special thanks to Mary Hardin for sharing her Mexican folk art collection and Liz Pangerl for artistic support.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an important tradition in Mexican culture that helps families honor and remember loved ones who have died. In Mexican culture, the journey of death is considered a reason to celebrate, even in grief, and the colorful traditions and symbols of the holiday strengthen connections to ancestors. The History Center’s colorful and joyous annual festivities have included Aztec dance, beautifully decorated altars (ofrendas), puppet shows, hands-on activities and games, crafts, and traditional Mexican music and dancing.

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