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Día de los Muertos Day of the Dead Celebration

November 1, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm


November 1, 2020
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States


Harvard Museum of Natural History

Sunday, November 1, Zoom Event 3:00–5:00 pm
Outdoor Candle Lighting  5:30–7:00 pm

Write an online message of love, watch a master craftsman create papel picado in Mexico, listen to traditional verses in English and Spanish, craft a cempasúchil flower for the departed, ask questions about our ofrenda and learn a Mexican folk dance. Advance registration is required.

Activities to Download

Make a skull mask (coming soon)

Outdoor Candle Lighting 5:30–7:00 pm

Stop by the Peabody Museum anytime from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, for a short moment of personal reflection. The front steps of the museum will be set up as an outdoor altar and staff will distribute lighted candles to visitors (one per group while supplies last) in remembrance of those we have lost.

Upon arrival, visitors will be directed to a one-way line to maintain safe distances. The museum respectfully requests that visitors keep their time in front of the temporary altar to one minute so everyone can be safely accommodated with social distancing protocols.

Arrive on foot or by bicycle. Drivers may use free on-street parking on Kirkland, Oxford or nearby streets. Divinity Avenue will be closed to vehicles.

Outdoor Candle Lighting is weather-permitting; check this website by 4:30 pm on November 1 for updates.

Co-sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston, and the Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University.

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Registration is required for the free online Zoom event only. Registration is not required for Outdoor Candle Lighting.

To join the program, you will need to download the free Zoom app in advance. If you already have Zoom, you do not need to download it again. For details on how to improve your Zoom experience, visit the How to Attend an HMSC Program webpage.