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Museum of Sonoma County hosting Day of the Dead

October 2, 2020

The Museum of Sonoma County (MSC) is pleased to present its 24th annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibition, on view from Oct. 22 through Nov.8, Oct. 22-Nov. 8, 2020: Thurs.-Sun. (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) 

*Except Sat., Oct.31-Nov. 2 (evening hours only: 4-7 p.m.). The exhibition will take place in the outdoor Sculpture Garden, which will be open to the public free of charge, with additional displays on view in the Window Gallery on Seventh and B Street. 

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a joyous remembrance of the lives of family members and loved ones who have passed and a celebration of the cycle of life. The holiday is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd throughout Latin America, but is more closely associated with Mexico, where it originated. Traditionally, it is said, the souls of the dead return to visit the living for a few brief hours during the celebrations. In Mexico, cemeteries are cleaned and decorated, special food and candies are cooked, and home altars are designed with offerings (ofrendas) to the dead of the things they enjoyed most in life, including food, drink and even music. 

This year’s exhibition is presented in the Sculpture Garden for the first time. The outdoor exhibition echoes the setting of many Day of the Dead observances which often take place in cemeteries. The exhibition provides a place to remember the people who have been lost, whether in 2020 or in years past. This year’s altars and artwork have been designed and created by Liz Camino-Byers, Scott Daniel Braun, Peter Perez, Mario Uribe, and Martín Zúñiga, along with contributions from community participants. We are also proud to include special works made in past years by the Museum's Youth+Art students.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit, the following visitor protocols are in place:

• Limited capacity

• Properly worn face coverings are required at all times for visitors over the age of 12

• Visitors must maintain six feet of social distance from those not from your household; children must stay with adults at all times

• Drinking fountains are closed

• Restrooms are closed

• Hand sanitizer is available 

• Do not visit if you feel sick, have at temperature above 100°F, or have recently been in contact with someone who is sick

• Avoid unnecessary touching of surfaces

• No pets, please (service animals only)

 Calling all artists: submit a memory portrait to be displayed in our online gallery! Details and the submission form can be found here:

For more information, visit:

 This exhibition is generously sponsored by Collette Michaud and Steve Purcell, Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, and Out There Santa Rosa. 

Hosted by Museum of Sonoma County