Art and Architecture of Death
April 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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 hour-long tour begins at 6:30 pm at the Visitors Center at the Bell Tower.
Students: (with ID) $6
Seniors: (65 and older) $6
Historic Oakland Foundation Members: Free
Note: Historic Oakland Foundation is monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and as of now, we are planning to hold our tour as planned. If we are forced to cancel the tour, we will notify the public here.
Please note that not all areas of Historic Oakland Cemetery are wheelchair accessible. Please use your discretion when planning your tour visit.