The Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection

The Crucifixion

The Crucifixion painting, by Polish artist Jan Styka, was originally brought by Styka to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis in 1904. Because of its massive 195 foot long/45 foot high size, he was unable to display it and was forced to return to Poland without it because he could not pay the duty to take it home. Styka, whose self portrait is seen in the painting as the figure of Saul (Paul), died in 1925 without ever seeing his painting again.

The Crucifixion was stored in several warehouses over the years until Forest Lawn Founder Dr. Hubert Eaton and his colleagues located it at the Chicago Civic Opera company in 1943. Forest Lawn purchased it after World War II and built The Hall of the Crucifixion for the express purpose of displaying Styka’s work. It opened on Good Friday in 1951.


The Resurrection

The Resurrection was commissioned after a 25-year long and futile search for an epic painting to complete the Trilogy. A contest was held and American artist Robert Clark was selected to create the piece. Featuring Christ outside his tomb looking towards the heavens where the faithful throughout the years were gathered, Clark’s work was completed in 1965.


Viewing The Crucifixion and Resurrection

A 26-minute presentation is offered Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to noon and 2 pm to 4 pm, on the hour.

10 AM: English

11 AM: Spanish

Noon: English

2 PM: English

3 PM: English

4 PM: English


Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection Closures Fall/Winter 2019

The Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection will be closed on the following days for Private Events and Employee Meetings:

Thursday, November 28

Saturday, December 7

Sunday, December 8

Wednesday, December 25

Wednesday, January 1


Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection Closures 2020

The Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection will be closed on the following days for Private Events and Employee Meetings:

Wednesday, January 1 (all day)

Tuesday, January 14 (all day)

Wednesday, January 15 (all day)

Saturday, January 25 (all day)

Sunday, January 26 (all day)

Tuesday, February 18 (all day)

Wednesday, February 19 (all day)

Tuesday, March 17 (all day)

Wednesday, March 18 (all day)

Saturday, April 11 (closed from 10 A.M.-1 P.M., open from 2-4 P.M.)

Tuesday, April 14 (all day)

Wednesday, April 15 (all day)

Tuesday, May 19 (all day)

Wednesday, May 20 (all day)

Tuesday, June 16 (all day)

Wednesday, June 17 (all day)

Tuesday, July 14 (all day)

Wednesday, July 15 (all day)

Tuesday, August 18 (all day)

Wednesday, August 19 (all day)

Tuesday, September 15 (all day)

Wednesday, September 16 (all day)

Tuesday, October 20 (all day)

Wednesday, October 21 (all day)

Tuesday, November 17 (all day)

Wednesday, November 18 (all day)

Thursday, November 26 (all day)

Thursday, December 24 (Museum and HOCR closes at 4 P.M.)

Friday, December 25 (all day)

Thursday, December 31 (Museum and HOCR closes at 4 P.M.)

Friday, January 1, 2021 (all day)



Light & Hope

This exhibition of stained glass is located in the lobby of the Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection. Dating to the early twentieth century, the windows were made by Franz Mayer & Co., a stained glass studio based in Germany and New York. The windows were originally part of St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Buffalo, New York, which was demolished in the 1970s. Light & Hope is available for viewing Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4:00 pm.