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Días de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) Exhibition Opens Sept. 11

The Museum of Anthropology will display its annual Días de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) exhibit from Sept. 11 through Dec. 14.

The exhibit features a traditional Mexican ofrenda — a home altar with sugar skulls, colorful tissue paper cutouts of skeletons, food and beverage offerings, marigolds and photos of deceased relatives.  A children’s ofrenda and photographs illustrating different aspects of the celebration will also be on display. The exhibit features text in English and Spanish.

The Days of the Dead is an ancient religious celebration that originally honored children and the dead. It has evolved to incorporate a blend of ancient Indian and Christian features. The celebration is considered a festive time when family members remember and honor their dead and the continuity of life.

Fall Issue of MOA News Now Available

Read all about what happened at the Museum over the summer and what we’re planning for the fall.

MOA News Volume 20 No 1

Parking Changes at MOA

UPDATE 8/27/12: The Museum’s visitor parking spaces have been restored.

Due to changes on the campus of Wake Forest University, the parking situation at the Museum of Anthropology has changed. There will be one visitor parking spot and one handicapped visitor parking spot in the lot in front of the Museum. If these spaces are full, visitors may park in the general lot bordered by the tennis courts, Palmer and Piccolo dorms, and WFDD. Bus parking in the Museum lot is unchanged. The Museum does not have the authority to void any parking tickets. We value our visitors and regret the inconvenience this change may cause. If you have trouble finding a parking spot, please ask the Museum staff for further suggestions.

Summer Issue of MOA News Now Available

Read about everything going on at the Museum during the coming months.

MOA News Volume 19 No 3

MOA Showcases Recent Acquisitions in New Exhibit

The Museum of Anthropology will feature Recent Additions to the Collection through August 25, 2012. The exhibit focuses on some of the amazing objects donated to the Museum in the last two years including artifacts from sixteen different donors. Continue reading »

Spaces Still Available in MOA Summer Camp


The Museum is still accepting registrations for all three sessions of its 2012 half-day summer camp, Journey through Peru, in June and July.

Campers will take an imaginary journey over the Andes Mountains and through the Amazon rainforest to discover the ancient Incan empire at Machu Picchu. With the help of special guests, including native Peruvian Renza Wallace, campers will also learn about the modern people in this diverse country. Using music, art, stories, games, and other activities, campers will explore the wonders of Peru.

Camp is designed for ages 6 to 12. Sessions will be June 25—29, July 9—13, and July 16—20, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day. The fee is $125 for the week ($100 for MOA Friends). Registration and prepayment guarantee a spot.

Download the registration form.