Mediocre rating due to the misinformation provided by the uninformed or uncaring staff.
Be sure you have arrived at the correct Forest Lawn since there are many in Southern California. AND arrive early to see the interior exhibits because the buildings CLOSE AT 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, although the Park is open until 6:00 p.m. The information given by the staff and literature is confusing since they both indicate that the "grounds and mausoleum are open until 6:00 p.m. daylight saving time," but when we arrived at the Great Mausoleum to view the La Pieta & Moses Statutes and the Last supper Window at 4:20 p.m. we were told they were closed and we were not allowed entry. We would have visited earlier had the staff at the Museum and/or Crucifixion & Resurrection Paintings had answered correctly when we asked what time the exhibits closed. We were also misinformed that the Wee Kirk o' the Heather chapel would be open, but we found it locked.
But we saw the aforementioned paintings and they are really neat. And the David was surprisingly authentic ad would be a treat for children and less travelled adults (we've seen the original in Florence). The grounds are beautiful and we will return with friends in tow.
We also visited the Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn which is approximately 15 miles west of Glendale. There we saw the beautiful mosaics depicting the Birth of Liberty and scenes fro early American History and the bronze Abraham Lincoln. Sadly the main interior exhibits in the Hall of Liberty are closed on the weekdays. I think creator Hubert Eaton would be disappointed to know that access to his wonderful exhibits is limited during summer weekdays (especially in August when most Europeans vacation. Lastly indoor photos are strictly prohibited.
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