Open today 10 am – 5 pm


Día de los Muertos

Penn Museum

Saturday, Oct. 21, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm ET

Included with Museum Admission

Buy Tickets
Two dancers performing on Dia de los Muertos

This full-day festival offers fun for the whole family, including an arts activity, altar competition, artisan market, dance and music performances, and an enormous traditional ofrenda (altar) installation by the Mexican Cultural Center.

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a lively holiday blending Indigenous Mexican beliefs and traditions with the Catholic celebrations of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. With roots in rituals dating back 3,000 years to pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, Día de los Muertos is observed across Latin America and in Latino communities worldwide.

Explore the unique history, traditions, and expressions of this celebration of life and death. Learn about the ofrendas (offerings) at the center of the festivities. These ornate and colorful altars honor the dead (and encourage them to join the party!) with bright yellow marigolds, food, drinks, and photos. Discover the origins of the iconic smiling (skeletons and skulls) that are seen on candy, masks, and dolls across parades, vigils, and gatherings.

The Mexican Cultural Center’s ofrenda is the creation of artist Ignacio Bernal.

Buy Tickets


11:05 am – 11:20 am Dance presentation by Danza Los Jolo
11:40 am – 12:15 pm Music presentation by Guachinangos
12:35 pm – 12:55 pm Dance presentation by Kalpulli Kamaxtle Xiuhcoatl
1:15 pm – 1:40 pm Dance presentation by Ballet Folklorico Yaretzi
2:00 pm – 2:40 pm Music presentation by Guachinangos
3:00 pm Pan De Muerto and Mexican Hot Chocolate
3:20 pm Announcement of winners for community altar contest
Mexican Consulate logo.
Mexican Cultural Center logo.

Media Partner

NBC logo.