clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Chicago museum hosts country's largest 'Day of the Dead' exhibit

The Day of the Dead will be celebrated in grand style at the National Museum of Mexican Art this weekend.

For a post-Halloween celebration like no other, head over to the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. This world-class FREE museum is hosting the country’s largest “Day of the Dead” (Dia de los Muertos) exhibit/musical celebration. More than 60 Mexican artists from the U.S. and Mexico are presenting their altars, pop art, fine art, sculpture, textiles and installations. The exhibition runs through Dec. 15.

A Day of the Dead installation by Elena Climent.

For $35, you can attend the Dia de los Muertos Ball at the museum on Nov. 2, featuring entertainment by Sones de Mexico and a brass quartet from the Chicago Civic Opera. The event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. The ball also observes the 100th anniversary of the death of legendary Mexicanprintmaker Jose Guadlupe Posada. For tickets, visit

Sones de Mexico

And what’s a Day of the Dead celebration with those iconic sugar skulls? Check out the museum’s collection or watch a demonstration of how they are made/decorated by the Mondragon Family (Toluca, Mexico), every day through Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Courtesy of Miguel Linares