Presidio Museum Ofrendas Display
October 27-November 7, 2023
196 N. Court Ave.
Included in admission

Originating in central southern Mexico, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a celebration welcoming back the dead, who visit with friends and family during the holiday.  Celebrants believe that at midnight on Oct. 31, the souls of deceased children come to visit with their families.  They stay through November 1.  The souls of deceased adults visit on November 2.  Altars are set up to welcome the deceased with their favorite foods, games, photos of the deceased and other favorites.  

The Presidio Museum will host several ofrendas (altars) from Oct. 27 to Nov. 7 this year including those honoring these groups/individuals that have passed.

  • Veterans
  • Presidio Museum Friends & Family
  • Pets

The public is welcome to leave mementos on these altars, but please understand the items will not be returned.

In addition, community participants at this point include altars created by:

In addition, community participants at this point include altars created by:

**Hearts that Purr
**Parents of Murdered Children
**Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
**Catalina High School

The museum will accept applications for additional altar displays through Wednesday, October 20.  Click here for more information and to register or contact Kate Avalos, Interpretive Programs and Volunteer Manager, at


Fort Lowell Museum Dia de los Muertos/Halloween Family Funday
October 28, 10 am- 1 pm
2900 N. Craycroft
Donations appreciated

Get into the holiday “spirit” by coming in costume and/or face paint. We’ll have a selfie station to capture your creativity! Attendees will learn about both Halloween and Dia de los Muertos through the following activities:

**Decorating plaster skulls to mimic sugar skulls
**Creating straw skeletons and climbing spiders
**Making Dia de los Muertos candle holders
**Having their faces painted by a face painter

No RSVP necessary!