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 hereby invite you to plunge into the universe of Michelangelo.
Q: 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.
Q: 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.
Q: 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.
Q: I purchased my ticket for a specific day and time, but now I can’t make it. What do I do?
A: 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.
Q; My printed ticket says 10:00 am. Does that mean I need to be there at that time to enter?
A: The time printed on your ticket is the time the exhibition opens that day. You can visit at any time up to an hour before closing.
Q: What age qualifies for your senior tickets?
A: Seniors are 62+
Q: 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.
Q: Is an audio guide available for the exhibit?
A: Yes! You can reserve or rent one at the box office. The 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)
Q: What days and time is the exhibit open?
A: The exhibit entry times for Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA are as follows:
Monday – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Please note, the museum will be closed on the following dates:
July 4th, 2019 (July 4th)
July 8th through July 9th, 2019
July 12th through July 17th, 2019
November 21st, 2019 (Thanksgiving)
December 25th, 2019 (Christmas Day)
January 1st, 2020 (New Year’s Day)
Q: Is an audio guide available for rent?
A: Yes, you can reserve or rent one at the box office.
Q: Can I bring food/drink inside?
A: Sorry, no outside food or drink is allowed.
Q: Do you allow strollers?
A: Yes, parents with strollers are always welcome. Your baby will have one of the best views in the house!