Forest Lawn Museum

Forest Lawn Museum

Nestled in Glendale in rolling hills of green, the Forest Lawn Museum has been here since 1906. To say the city has grown up around the Forest Lawn Cemetery would be quite an understatement.

Fabulous Bronze Collection - Forest Lawn Museum
Bronze Collection – Forest Lawn Glendale


Famous Paradise Door Replica - Forest Lawn Museum
Paradise Doors by Michelangelo







There is old city, and older residential surrounding the facility. One might think the only reason to visit Forest Lawn would be a memorial or a funeral. How wrong that would be! On the top of the biggest hill in Forest Lawn Glendale lies a treasure  that is ours to visit for free! Yes, this is one of Los Angeles’ top quality museums and it is available for free. When I first approached the museum, the huge parking lot in front of the museum was almost empty. Oh my, I guess I came on the wrong day or something. To my pleasant surprise the museum was waiting for me with open arms and incredible art.  I love small museums. I love quality museums.

Paradise Doors - Forest Lawn Museum Glendale
Paradise Doors – Incredible

Forest Lawn Museum

This is a small museum and the quality of the art and the presentation of the art is absolutely phenomenal!!! Yes Phenomenal!!!
There are shows that change a few times a year.  Each time I visit I  can hardly wait for the the next exhibition.  The last show I visited was a show of art by 24 Women in LA. It  was top quality.  A fantastic array of styles, feelings, colors and ideas. Stunning. Other shows will be playing when you read this so check the calendar for the current show.  Or.. Just go and see what is current. I have always been overjoyed with the quality of their curators work.

Incredible Glass - Forest Lawn Museum and Cathedral
Rivals great Abby’s of England

Then the bronzes in the next room are oh so lovely, then the replica of the Paradise Doors, then the church next door that rivals Westminster Abby! So if you catch my drift I am excited about this little museum. Just figure out the maze of serpentine roads and get to the top of the hill and be sure to have you camera for the panoramic views of the surrounding area! And Enjoy.

Charley Carlin - Blogger
Charley Carlin

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Charley is an avid locator of those slightly odd and a bit different places in our world. He can be found about the web on his family blog –,  and his social media guide – Charley Carlin – Social Media Guide  also via Reviews on YELPTrip Advisor, and Google Maps