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02 Nov 2019

November 2: DÍA DE MUERTOS

Día de Muertos in Amstelveen.

As part of the Intense Mexico exhibition, Día de Muertos will be celebrated at the Cobra Museum on 2 November. This ‘all saints’ and ‘all souls’ celebration takes place in the museum where a huge altar will be created. The museum is also open in the evening on this day and is free of charge!


Every year on November 1 and 2, Mexico celebrates Día de Muertos. On Día de Muertos, the dead are commemorated and honored with private altars, papier-mâché dolls (cartonería), skulls (calaveras) processions and many other special imaginative ways. In the meantime, this “feast of death”, which we can compare to our All Souls ‘and All Saints’ Day, became world-famous Unesco heritage and has become an important part of Mexican identity. It attracts millions of people to Mexico every year.

On November 2, 2019, the Cobra Museum will bring Día de Muertos to Amstelveen. An altar will be made in the Cobra museum where visitors to the museum come to pay tribute to the deceased. The entrance on November 2 is free! For this occasion, the museum will remain open in the evening and operate as a festive memorial site.

You can bring photos, electric candles, trinkets, fake food, and so on. You can place this on the altar yourself. Honoring the dead in Mexico means party! So it is on this day also a party in the museum. There will be a mariachi band, folkdancers, lectures, presentations and tasty Mexican snacks and drinks.


"The Cobra Museum calls everyone to come and honor his deceased loved one’s on Dia de Muertos by placing a memento on the altar"

The museum will be open from 11 am to 11 pm on this day. There will be performances by Mariachi band Tres Rios and Mexican folk dancers. At 17:00 Marieke Mooijen presents her book ‘Singing, not crying, a year in Mexico’. At 18:20 PhD. Dr. Martha Montero-Sieburth will give an English (with Mexican accent) lecture on the concept of death in the Mexican traditional celebration. You can come and eat and drink Mexican food (some pesos must be paid for this).


Timetable November 2

11:00 – 13:00 Mexican foodhall plus bar open, possibility to place something on the altar, exhibition Intense Mexico open
14:00 – 16:00 Children can be face painted as in the Mexican Día de Muertos tradition
15:45 – 17:30 Movie Coco (NL 2D) will be shown in Cinema
17:00 – 18:10 Book presentation (plus musical intermezzo) ‘Singing, not crying, a year in Mexico’ by Marieke Mooijen, start workshop make your own lantern
18:00 – 18:50 Lecture (English) on the concept of death in the Mexican traditional celebration by PhD. Dr. Martha Montero-Sieburth, workshop make your own lantern
19:00 – 21:00 Performances by Tres Rios (mariachi band) and Mexican folkdancers, start gallery tours Intense Mexico, workshop make your own lantern
20:00 – 22:00 Face painting as in the Mexican Día de Muertos tradition, performances by Mexican folkdancers, workshop make your own lantern
22:00 – 23:00 Mexican foodhall plus bar open




Día de Muertos in the Cobra Museum has been made possible by the Mexican Embassy in the Netherlands and the BankGiro Loterij. The Museum is open exclusively for BankGiro Lottery players and BGL VIP card holders on November 1 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Dias de Muertos is also suitable for children!

Coco in Cinema Amstelveen

Cinema Amstelveen is showing the movie Coco on November 2 at 3:45 pm for the children of Amstelveen (Pixar Animation Studios / Walt Disney Pictures 2017).

Before the film, children can visit the altar at the Cobra Museum and can be painted in accordance with the Mexican Dia de Muertos tradition (from 2:00 pm). We hope for a movie theater full of skull-faced-kids!

You can reserve a ticket for the film here: / cinema-amstelveen / coco



There are Mexican workshops for children and families throughout the Intense Mexico exhibition.  For example in the autumn and Christmas holidays and on Dia de Muertos. You can find more information here: Workshops Intense Mexico


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