Tours & Presentations
Lakewood offers a variety of guided and self-guided tours ― including its history slide show ― free to the public. Pick up complimentary copies of tour guide brochures in Lakewood’s Administration Building or download copies from this site.
Visit the graves of community leaders – past and present – as well as other interesting people and community groups.
Guided tours of Lakewood may be arranged for groups at any time throughout the year, free of charge.
“History, Art & Gardens” Presentation
This slide presentation highlights Lakewood’s rich local history, famous memorials, beautiful gardens and artistic monuments and architecture. Call us at (612) 822-2171 or email us to arrange for viewing this presentation. We can bring the presentation to your group or you can view it in our historic chapel.
Self-Guided Walking Tour (PDF)
This tour takes you through 135 years of history, including the graves of many of Lakewood’s founders, popular politicians, memorials to community groups and more.
Historic Chapel Tour (PDF)
Built in 1910, Lakewood’s historic Memorial Chapel is a must-see architectural masterpiece. Ask Lakewood staff if the chapel is available for you to view when you wish to visit.
Lakewood is filled with memorial art and architecture that is rich in symbolism.
Memorial Day Tours
Lakewood offers free guided trolley tours and a special tour on Memorial Day each year. Tour information is available a month or two prior to Memorial Day.
Several community groups request the use of Lakewood’s grounds for special services, classes or other events. We provide information about these events when possible.
Lakewood Cemetery - Educational Series
Offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), this series of classes covers the founding of Lakewood in 1871, its historic chapel, and tours of the cemetery's artistic treasures and famous memorials. Sessions are offered at Lakewood in the spring and fall each year. Visit the OLLI web site for more information and how to register.
While at Lakewood, you are welcome to visit two exhibits. Both are located in the lower level of the historic chapel. The chapel is open on Memorial Day. Other days, you may request access in the Administration Building (first building when you enter through the main gates).
Lakewood Memorial Chapel: 1910 to Today
Learn why many believe Lakewood’s historic chapel contains the finest example of Byzantine mosaic art in the United States. Follow the creation of the chapel through correspondence among Minneapolis architect Harry Wild Jones, New York interior designer Charles Lamb and Lakewood’s board members between 1908 and 1910. See photos, blueprints and more.
Lakewood History Exhibit
Located along the corridor walls between the chapel exhibit and the new cremation viewing room, the Lakewood History Exhibit reveals the different aspects of Lakewood that make it a community treasure - including its place in Minneapolis history, its artistic treasures, the cultures and groups represented here, its gardens and landscape, and changing traditions.