Life after Death: Celebrating Day of the Dead Photo
Life after Death: Celebrating Day of the Dead
Lam Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University Palmer Hall, Carroll Weathers Drive Winston-Salem, NC, 27109

Event Dates

November 29 to December 8, 2023


Día de Muertos is a festive time when families remember their dead and honor the continuity of life. The celebration has roots in both ancient pre-Hispanic celebrations and medieval Spanish Catholic practices and has evolved to feature a blend of elements from both traditions. The Lam Museum’s annual exhibit celebrates this unique observance. The exhibit’s centerpiece is a traditional ofrenda, an altar with food and beverage offerings, flowers, sugar skulls, and photos of deceased loved ones. The colorful exhibit includes information on the celebration’s history, its unique skeleton-themed folk art, and the many ways it is celebrated. For 2023, the exhibit has been updated with all new text that further examines the diverse ways that people observe the holiday in both Mexico and the United States through artifacts and images. The exhibit presents text in English and Spanish.