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Art and Architecture of Death
February 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pmFree
People have sought to honor the memory of departed loved ones since ancient times, but the 19th century ushered in a new era of funerary art. Innovative building materials came available and styles changed to reflect the popular architecture of the day, such as Egyptian and Gothic Revival. New money meant bigger and bolder memorials to reflect the social status and power of prominent families. This tour explores the origin and use of popular Oakland grave markers, including tombs and towering monuments, obelisks and angels, and many magnificent mausoleums. Discover how architectural and design choices made during life created a lasting and eternal legacy for many Oakland residents.
This tour starts outside of the Bell Tower Building (at the Visitors Center and Museum Store) at 10:30 a.m. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in with the volunteer at the front desk.
Spaces are limited, so we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.
Not all areas of Historic Oakland Cemetery are wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you need an accessible route when purchasing your ticket.
ASL interpreter available if given 3 days (72 hours) notice before the start of the tour.
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