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Visiting Lakewood

Lakewood is one of the most lovely urban cemeteries in the country, with extraordinary art, architecture and natural beauty. Our park-like grounds are open to the public 365 days a year, and we welcome visitors to come and explore all we have to offer. Please take a moment to review the following information before you come, and see directions and hours for visiting times.

Download a map of the cemetery (PDF) to guide you when visiting.

Driving and Parking

Lakewood has miles of wide, winding roads for driving and walking throughout the grounds. You may park anywhere along the road, but please do not park or drive on the grass. Proceed slowly and respect the peacefulness by turning down your radio and voice.

Lakewood’s new Welcome Center is currently under construction. Although we hope the disruption will be minimal, we have closed the road to the east of the Administration Building.  If you are trying to reach a site within Lakewood, and are having trouble mapping an alternate route, please call us at 612-822-2171, email us or visit us in our current Administration Building.

Attending a Funeral

If you are coming to attend a funeral, here is a list of Upcoming Funerals to confirm time and location.


You may use a bicycle to navigate your way to a loved one’s grave. However, we do not allow bicycling for recreation at Lakewood out of respect to grieving families. If you do choose to bicycle in the cemetery, please take care. People driving cars are often distracted as they look for a grave and may not see you. We do provide racks near the front gates for you to lock your bike while visiting.

Visiting a Loved One’s Grave

If you are not sure where the grave is located, use this burial search to find out exactly where to go. If you’re on the grounds, you can also use our Information Kiosk, located in a small room accessible on the east side of the Administration Building (main office). Of course, when the office is open, we invite you to stop in for help.

Our Administration Building (main office) is open to the public, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. You can also reach us by phone at 612-822-2171 and email during office hours.

Visitors walking through Lakewood
Two women talking on a blanket at Lakewood

Being Respectful

We kindly ask that you practice good etiquette and follow our rules during your visit, out of respect for grieving families and the sacred nature of this space.

Visitors at the Lakewood Chapel

Exploring Lakewood

To take a tour or learn about happenings at Lakewood, visit the tours page and events calendar. Browse this site to learn more about Lakewood’s history, famous memorials and art and symbolism. Sign up for our newsletter to stay connected with Lakewood.

Historic Chapel

The Memorial Chapel is open for funerals and private events (based on availability and restrictions). Learn more about our Memorial Chapel.

Need more information?
Email us or call (612) 822-2171.

Help us restore our urban forest

Your gift will help us replace the 700+ trees we’ve lost to the deadly emerald ash borer and create a more resilient, biodiverse woodland.  Our master plan calls for the addition of more than 25 types of trees over the next few years, and with your help, we can make that happen.



Lakewood is rich with history, art and architecture and we offer a variety of public tours throughout the spring, summer and fall each year (conditions permitting).

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