Our permanent exhibit is the historic cemetery grounds that surround the Oakwood Chapel, burial place of 23,000+ people with 15,000+ monuments. So much of Texas’ history is written here in stone. The Cemetery is a survey of figurative and geometric sculpture, architectural designs, nature’s changes, carved metamorphic and sedimentary stone, engraved poetry in historic fonts, and proof that we have lived and loved greatly.
Within the Chapel, we have a digital exhibit program that rotates on the four seasons. We collaborate with experts in our community on content and events within these themes.
As the Chapel’s main purpose is to host funerals and memorials, all exhibits are in digital format in order to change on short notice to meet a family’s needs.
To Hear appreciates Austin's musicians, including the Besserer Orchestra, the Gant Family, Ernest "Ernie" Mae Crafton Miller and Gene Ramey. They played in music halls such as Scholz Garten, Pressler Beer Garden, and the New Orleans Club. John and Alan Lomax were known for traveling the world to record folk music as musicologists.
June 20 - September 30, 2020 Summer exhibition To Vote
To Vote recognizes Austin's suffragists during the 100th Anniversary and 55th Anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in America.
October 1 - December 31, 2020 Fall exhibition To Design
To Design reflects on architecture in Austin as inspired by Charles Page and many early architects.
March 21, "To Hear" Ghost Notes by Michael Corcoran, date TBD
April 18, "To Hear" Gant Family Historic Marker Dedication, date TBD
April 25, Texas Independence Tour with Save Austin's Cemeteries, date TBD
Per the COVID-19 Mayoral declaration, the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel is closed to the public effective Monday, March 16th. Please check the Closure page for updates.
Please check back for more information on rescheduled and confirmed event dates.