31 October 2015

Mexican Day of the Dead

Celebrate this traditional Mexican festival with face painting, puppetry and real Mexican artefacts.

Create Day of the Dead crafts, add your memories and photos of loved ones to our colourful shrine, enjoy the vibrant sounds of a traditional Mexican band, and see some traditional Mexican dancing.

Timings and activities

Front Hall

  • Find out about the museum’s ofrenda or shrine to José Guadalupe Posada and about traditional Día de los Muertos celebrations, from the University of Bristol’s Mexican Society members

Back Hall

  • Visit death: the human experience in the exhibition gallery
  • Take a look at some colourful Mexican objects from the museum’s World Cultures collection
  • Face painting from Aponi Artistry (charge applies)
  • A traditional dance and music, from the University of Bristol Mexican Society members, at 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am and 12pm
  • Music from Aji Pa’Ti at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

1st Floor workshops room

  • Day of the Dead crafts making sparkly skulls and Mexican style decorations with Artrageous

Assyria gallery

  • Day of the Dead puppet show with Tallulah Swirls, at 10.30am, 11.05am, 1.30pm and 2.05pm (please book at the table outside the gallery)


  • Dress up for a selfie with La Catrina


  • Mexican goodies for sale


  • See what Mexican foods are being served up

City of Death – A Guided Tour for Day of the Dead

Take a guided stroll through Bristol to uncover how attitudes to death have changed over time, and how learning to die well might be the key to a good life. (Walks are fully booked but please check on the day for any cancellations.) The walks will take place at 11am and 3pm, led by Molly Conisbee of the University of Bristol, leaving from Bristol Museum & Art Gallery reception.

Associated exhibitions and events