Tour & A Movie at the San Francisco Columbarium - Atlas Obscura

San Francisco, California

Tour & A Movie at the San Francisco Columbarium

Join us this pre-Halloween weekend for a private guided tour of the beautiful San Francisco Columbarium followed by the extraordinary story of the removal of San Francisco's Cemeteries.

Columbarium caretaker extraordinaire, Emmett Watson, will be guiding us on a small group exploration of one of the city's last places of final repose following the mass removal of grave sites in the early part of the 20th century. The historic four story columbarium is both architecturally interesting, acoustically lovely, and a story of an amazing rise out of near ruin.

After the tour, we'll be joined by local filmmaker Trina Lopez' for a special screening of her short film "A Second Final Rest" documenting the huge undertaking of moving hundreds of thousands of dead San Franciscans out of the city, creating the City of the Dead at Colma. 

Details/special instructions. 

  • Saturday October 27, 12noon-4pm
  • Address: 1 Loraine Court, San Francisco, between Stanyan and Arguello Off Anza
  • This tour includes steep staircases and a fair amount of walking. Wear comfortable shoes.

Tickets are $18. A portion of the proceeds goes to support the Columbarium's ongoing restoration projects.