MN History Center

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

Museum Hours

Tue 10 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm 
Closed Monday (Open Monday holidays year round)
Museum Holiday Hours

Library Hours

Tue 9 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Library Holiday Hours




2016 Oct 27


Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead Family Day Celebration

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, 12-4 p.m.

Included with museum admission.

Ofrendas on display through Nov. 2.

Folk music with Donna Peña and Sones del Alma - 1:45 and 3:15 pm
Folkloric dancing with Los Alegres Bailadores - 1 and 2:30 pm
Aztec Dancing with Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue - Noon
Lotería (bingo) with treats and prizes -  12:30 to 3:30 pm
Face Painting with Phyllis Chatham - Noon to 3:30 pm
Food Samples: Mexican hot chocolate and Pan de Muerto (bread of the dead) courtesy of the Consulate of Mexico -12:45 (while supplies last)
Julie Kastigar and Gustavo Boada -Stilt walking (Noon to 12:45 pm) and Skeletons in the Closet puppet show  ( 1:30 and 2:30 pm)  
Ofrendas (altars) on display October 23rd– November 2nd created by professional artists and students including:  Marina Castillo, Rene Lopez, Deborah Luna, Lolo Romo, and Monica Vega.  School Ofrendas created by: Academia Cesar Chavez Charter School, Capitol Hill Magnet School, CLUES (Youth in Action), El Colegio Charter School, Guadalupe Alternative Program, Minnehaha Academy, Olson Middle School,  and Perpich Arts High School. 
Try a craft, 12-4 p.m.
Make a nicho—a  small shadowbox--honoring a loved one’s memory (bring a small picture to use inside the box)
Clay skull workshop with B.J. Christofferson  ($1 supply fee)
Candle collage workshop with Marisa Martinez ($1 supply fee)

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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