Ofrenda Reservations


Ofrenda Submission for Day of the Dead Xicago 2019 have completely filled and are now closed. We look forward to seeing you all at the event on Sunday October 27th!

Please read ofrenda guidelines below then fill out the form to begin your participation process. Once your participation is approved, you will be contacted by a museum representative within one week. Please note that there is a $15.00 reservation fee per ofrenda. Due to the limited amount of space, we encourage participants to honor multiple family members through one ofrenda.

In respecting the ritual of Dia de los Muertos, we ask ofrendas are created on this day to honor people. Please do not reserve an ofrenda space for pets or conceptual ideas.

The ofrenda must be based on a Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), but can be contemporary in nature.

Ofrendas will be built on October 27, 2019 and will be taken down immediately after the evening’s celebration, which ends at 8PM Altars will be created rain or shine. Please plan accordingly .

Each participant is responsible for delivery, supplies, set-up and take-down of their ofrenda.

A 7’ x 7’ plot of space will be allocated per ofrenda. Ofrendas should not be more than 6’ in height and cannot have a roof/ or ceiling.

The National Museum of Mexican Art is not responsible for monitoring decorative items used for ofrendas. We ask that ofrendas be supervised at all times.

Altars cannot include fire, smoke, perishable items or anything that may cause harm or a threat to the surrounding area and guests. Battery operated candles are okay, candles with open flames will be NOT be allowed.

NMMA staff reserve the right to ask that any restricted items be removed immediately.

Be creative and practical; think about how you can carry all the supplies you will need and how much time it will take to set up and take down.

Set up begins no earlier than 1PM and you must check-in at Ofrenda Registration

Break-down will begin at 8PM and your designated area must be clear of your items

Please stay until the end of the celebration to share the story of your loved one and for all to have the opportunity to see your ofrenda!