County Museum carries on its annual Day of the Dead tradition

The Museum's Ofrenda for Dia De Los Muertos 'Day of the Dead' 2023. A series of stepped shelves draped in black are covereed in traditional elements such as candles, skulls, and flowers. Garlands made of fake marigolds create a canopy and drape over the Ofrenda. A pair of Catrinas are depicted in the corner, on a miniature Ofrenda.Two characters from the movie Coco stand before an Ofrenda. The young man holds a bouquet of marigolds.

Photo No. 1 - This year’s Day of the Dead ofrenda, now on display at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River


Photo No. 2 - The ofrenda from Coco, the 2017 Walt Disney animated film


(Sweetwater County, Wyo. - October 5, 2023)     The Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River is continuing a special autumn tradition with a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) ofrenda. As featured in the animated Walt Disney film Coco, released in 2017, Día de los Muertos is a holiday for honoring the dead which originated in Mexico but is now celebrated in many countries and regions. Celebrants create ofrendas (offerings) using items such as food, flowers, photos, and sugar skulls.

Typically Da de los Muertos begins on October 31 and lasts through November 2. The Museum’s ofrenda, however, will be on display through the first week of November.

Anyone who would like to make an offering to deceased loved ones, friends, or celebrities may do so anytime during the museum's business hours. The offering can be as simple as a photo of your loved one or you may bring more elaborate items you have decorated for Día de los Muertos. Please keep in mind that this is a public display and the Sweetwater County Historical Museum is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

The museum is located at 3 E. Flaming Gorge Way in Green River. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and admission is free.