Closed UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
due to Coronavirus Precautions
Check back for updates on reopening in April - Tickets purchased will be honored at a later date
CATHEDRAL CULTURAL CENTER
ON THE CHRIST CATHEDRAL CAMPUS
"BRINGING A LITTLE BIT
OF ROME TO ORANGE COUNTY"
— ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
APRIL 13TH, 2019
AUGUST 23, 2020
Please note, the exhibit will be closed
on the following dates:
Closed until further notice due to Coronavirus Precautions
Check back for updates on reopening in April
Tickets purchased will be
honored at a later date
April 10th, 2020 - April 12th, 2020 (Easter Triduum)
July 4th, 2020 (Independence Day)
OPEN TUESDAY - SUNDAY
HOURS OF OPERATION:
$18 General Admission
$12 Seniors (62+) / Military / College students with ID
$9 Children 7-18 years
CATHEDRAL CULTURAL CENTER
ON THE CHRIST CATHEDRAL CAMPUS
13280 CHAPMAN AVENUE
GARDEN GROVE, CA 92840
GROUP VISIT AND FIELD TRIPS
We happily welcome group visits and field trips to Sistine Exhibit. Group pricing for groups of 10 or more people and student group pricing for educational groups of 10 or more is available with advance arrangements. Please use the “contact us” section below and we will get back to you!
From corporate events to reserving the space for photography sessions, we do it all! Get in touch to book your event with us.
ON THE CHRIST
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition recreates the awe and wonder of arguably one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements while allowing its visitors to experience this art from a new perspective.
With special expertise and care, the ceiling paintings from the Sistine Chapel have been reproduced using state of the art technology. In order for the observer to fully engage and comprehend the artwork, the paintings have been reproduced in their original sizes. The overwhelming impression for the observer will be the dimensions of the art, the closeness to the picture, and the modern style of the exhibition. As a result, the visitor can explore the artwork up close at a distance impossible to achieve in the Sistine Chapel.
The introduction and information in the pre-show area of the exhibition will prepare visitors for a new staging of Michelangelo’s works and awaken their curiosity. The exhibition is an innovative and unique interpretation of Michelangelo’s timeless masterpiece. Guests who have already visited the Sistine Chapel will find a new way of observing the art. Visitors who have never seen the originals will be intrigued and inspired to visit the Sistine Chapel at some time in the future.
We invite you to plunge into the universe of Michelangelo.
Frequently asked questions
DID YOU REPRODUCE EVERYTHING INSIDE THE SISTINE CHAPEL?
A: Our exhibit focuses on Michelangelo’s contributions to the Sistine Chapel: namely the artwork from the ceiling and the Last Judgment. By bringing the artwork closer, we hope the visitor will be able to appreciate these famous masterpieces from a new perspective.
IS THE ARTWORK IN THE EXHIBIT THE SAME SIZE AS THE ORIGINAL IN THE VATICAN? HAS IT BEEN ALTERED IN ANY WAY?
A: Since the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is curved, these reproductions are as close to the original size as possible; however, our mission was never to copy the entire ceiling, so some of the bordering elements such as the Ignudi angels and other framing devices are not included. It was necessary to crop some of the images in order to fit them into the display design, but rest assured: all key images from the Chapel are included in the exhibit.
WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF THE IMAGES AND WHEN WERE THEY TAKEN?
A: The exhibit is produced by Special Entertainment Events (SEE), a L.A.-based exhibition production company which acquired the worldwide rights to the fresco reproductions from Bridgeman Images. The photographs were taken post-restoration of the ceiling; in some cases, color enhancement was necessary to match the images for consistency.
I PURCHASED MY TICKET FOR A SPECIFIC DAY AND TIME, BUT NOW I CAN'T MAKE IT. WHAT DO I DO?
Please contact email@example.com or call 323-908-0607 from 8am – 7pm PT Monday through Saturday. If you bought your ticket from a third party vendor like Groupon or Goldstar, please contact them directly.
CAN I TAKE PHOTOS INSIDE THE EXHIBIT?
A: Yes! Photos for personal use are permitted, but please do not use a flash. For any professional or filming requests, please contact SEE Global Entertainment.
IS AN AUDIO GUIDE AVAILABLE FOR THE EXHIBIT?
A: Yes, you can reserve or rent one at the box office.
CAN I BRING FOOD/DRINK INSIDE THE EXHIBIT?
A: Sorry, no outside food or drink is allowed.
DO YOU ALLOW STROLLERS?
A: Yes, parents with strollers are always welcome. Your baby will have one of the best views in the house!
WHAT DAYS AND TIME IS THE EXHIBIT OPEN?
The exhibit hours until January 12th, 2020 is daily from 10am-5pm.
ARE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE EXHIBIT?
Yes, tickets can be purchased at the exhibit.
MY TICKET SAYS 10 AM. IS THAT WHEN I HAVE TO ENTER?
That is just when we open. you can enter anytime before 4 PM.
ARE THERE GUIDED DOCENT TOURS?
The exhibit is self-guided, so please explore at your own pace. Audio guides are available for rent at the box office. Audio guides are available in English, Spanish, German, French, and Chinese.
ARE WHEELCHAIRS AVAILABLE?
Unfortunately, we do not have wheelchairs available at the exhibit, however the exhibit is wheelchair, walker, and motorized scooter friendly.
WHERE DO I PARK AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Parking is free in lots P1, P2, P5, P6, or P7.
The closest lot to the exhibit is lot P7, followed by P5.
WHAT AGE DO YOU CONSIDER AS SENIOR FOR THE DISCOUNT?
You will not find many people that are unfamiliar with Michelangelo’s famous fresco, “The Creation of Man,” in which the two outstretched index fingers seem like they could move at any moment. The simple structure of the painting symbolizes nothing less than the origin of humanity, the ensoulment of the first man by God. It forms part of the wall and ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel that brought Michelangelo Buonarroti worldwide renown.
While visitors to the Vatican Museums in Rome can marvel at these frescoes only from afar, “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” now offers the opportunity to observe these masterpieces close up, in the form of reproductions. The exhibition takes us up onto the scaffolding during restoration for a new perspective. After centuries of use, the paintings in the Chapel had become covered in such a thick layer of dust and soot, and as a result of this deterioration the brilliance of the original luminous colors had all but disappeared. It was not until the comprehensive restoration work carried out in the 1980s and 1990s that the true richness of color in the wall and ceiling frescoes could once more be observed. The exhibition illustrates the restoration and allows us to view the monumental paintings from a distance of only 4 meters, as opposed to the usual 20 meters. “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel” thus brings an entirely new perspective to this work by Michelangelo and acts as a form of art in its own right.
Michelangelo used the 800 m² surface to showcase his entire talent as a painter. His heavily-populated compositions recount events from the Old and New Testaments, from the story of creation to the “Last Judgment." Michelangelo was however loath to accept this task, as he saw himself more as a sculptor than a painter, and had come to Rome in 1505 to sculpt a mausoleum for Pope Julius II. The following year’s commission to paint the Sistine Chapel therefore came at an inconvenient time for Michelangelo. Julius II originally wanted the theme to be the Twelve Apostles.
Michelangelo however found this proposal “poor” and instead decided on a complex ceiling fresco composed of numerous different scenes.
The paintings and their sequence have intrigued people to this day. Michelangelo painted the story of Creation, across nine panels on the shallow barrel vault. However, whereas such a cycle typically begins with the creation of the Earth and humanity and ends with the fall of man and banishment from Paradise, Michelangelo includes scenes from the life of Noah. Additional Biblical scenes, representations of prophets, and the sibyls of antiquity also make their appearance. A painted architecture frames the images and lends a clear structure to the dynamic ensemble.
On November 1, 1512, after 4 ½ years of work, the ceiling frescoes of the Sistine Chapel were solemnly inaugurated. Michelangelo achieved this accomplishment largely without assistance and under difficult conditions. Around 20 years later, in 1536, he returned to Rome. Clements VII, the successor of Pope Julius II, wanted a redesign of the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo then worked until 1541 creating the “Last Judgment,” with Jesus in the center as the great judge separating humanity into the chosen and the damned.
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR :
TEACHERS & ADMINISTRATORS
Welcome! We are happy that you are interested in bringing your students to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition.
The exhibit focuses on Michelangelo’s contributions to the Sistine Chapel: namely the artwork from the ceiling and the Last Judgment. By bringing the artwork closer, we hope the visitor will be able to appreciate these famous masterpieces from a new perspective.
The traveling exhibit will be in Orange County until August 23rd, 2020.
Educational Tickets and Transportation
Student group ticket pricing is available for 10 or more students at $8 per person and this includes the chaperones. To obtain the educational group rate, please contact Marcia Vojtech at firstname.lastname@example.org with the date you are planning to come.
Optional audio guides are available for rent at $3 per device. If one listens to the entire audio tour and watches all of the video clips on the TV, the exhibit will take about 90 minutes to complete.
Use of personal headphones with our audio guides is both welcomed and encouraged. Audio devices are compatible with most headphone jacks. (3.5mm headphone jack).
Teacher / Chaperone Information
Teachers and adult chaperones play a crucial role in exhibit visit. Photography without flash is allowed. Please inform your students your group’s agenda for the visit: how long they will be in the exhibit, whether or not your group will be visiting the Christ Cathedral Shop, and any lunch plans after your group’s visit to the exhibit. Remind students to be considerate of other visitors and to speak with indoor voices.
Parking and Drop off Information
The closest lot for student drop off is at lot P7 followed by lot P5 (please see the attached map). Buses can drop off in P7 but need to park in P1 or P2.