Our new Visitor's Guide & Map is a wealth of information! It's a full-color 18" x 22" map with 25 small photos noting the locations of significant structures, important areas, statues, and monuments. When following the list of Notable Persons as a self-guided tour, you'll find that it forms a circle tour around the cemetery. The backside (not shown) includes historical information, Crown Hill "By the Numbers," Hours of Operation and Contact information, and the important Mission of the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation. Feel free to download it HERE.

Virtual Tour of the Gothic Chapel
Virtual Tour of the Crown Hill Funeral Home
Virtual Tour of the 34th St. Gothic entrance and into Crown Hill Cemetery

Crown Hill Burial Locator - a database for finding people buried at Crown Hill
Find A Grave - a nice database of Crown Hill notables
Find A Grave - a nice database of Crown Hill burials (in addition to their notables list)

The records of Crown Hill can provide much sought-after information for those researching their family tree. Basic searches are $5 each and must be submitted by filling out our Genealogy Request Form [PDF]. Please follow the instructions on the form for the ways to submit it. If you have questions regarding genealogy, please send an email to Please note that our genealogist is in the office one day a week, so please be patient if you don't receive an immediate response. For further genealogy information, visit the website of the Genealogical Society of Marion County (Indianapolis).

Amateurs are welcome to photograph at Crown Hill Cemetery without a special permit. If videotaping for a school project, please read below. We invite you to capture the special beauty of Crown Hill through the changing of the seasons, our amazing trees and wildlife, beautiful statues, etc. In order to do so, you must follow our guidelines and show the utmost respect for Crown Hill property and our visitors. You're welcome to share your images on social media and feel free to hashtag us - #CrownHill. You can include us in your tweets @CrownHillCem.

All rules encompass photography or videography done IN or OF Crown Hill Cemetery, including outside our gates.

"Amateur Photography" is defined as photography or videography that is not done for any commercial purpose (regardless if you profit from it), and/or for monetary gain. It is strictly for personal use only and is permitted with the restrictions listed below. This list is not comprehensive. Crown Hill Cemetery is private property and we reserve the right to add to or change our restrictions at any time and to stop any photographer or videographer at any time for any reason.

1) Photographers cannot photograph or disturb any person visiting a grave, attending a funeral or memorial service, a funeral visitation, or to interrupt a funeral or memorial service in any way to take photos. If a funeral procession or visitor to a grave site or crypt enters the area where you are photographing, you must leave the area until after they have left. (This does not include casual visitors to grave sites studying history, trees, etc.) The families we serve are our first priority and we expect photographers to fully respect their privacy.
2) Props, reflectors, lights (other than an on-camera flash), and models are not permitted.
3) A tripod is allowed if it does not disturb or harm anything, including plants. You may not place a tripod in a flower bed, on markers or monuments, or on sidewalks around buildings. You may not impede or block traffic at any time. For everyone's safety, do not stand or place a tripod in the middle of the roads painted with white and yellow lines.
4) Leaning against or climbing/standing upon any marker, monument, statue, fence, gate, or tree is not permitted.
5) Attaching anything to a monument, statue, building, fence, gate, or tree is not permitted.
6) Photography before or after normal gate hours is not permitted. The exception would be if attending a tour or event outside of normal gate hours or if special arrangements are made with the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation staff. Assuming it's possible, there will always be a minimum donation to the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation of $100 per hour for this. (If attending a tour or event to photograph Crown Hill, you must stay with the tour or event. You may not wander off on your own.)
7) The use of drones on Crown Hill property is not permitted.
8) Photography within restricted areas of Crown Hill is not permitted. This includes all of the wooded area on the north grounds of Crown Hill that borders 42nd St., the Service Yard area, private areas within any building, etc.
9) Photography of open graves or crypts is not permitted.
10) Photographers are responsible for seeking permission to photograph any person included in their images.
11) Crown Hill reserves the right to prohibit the posting and distribution of photography in violation of these restrictions, or of photos deemed by our staff to be in poor taste. We expect your photography to be respectful. 
12) Names on markers and monuments should be avoided in your photos. Exceptions are those of public figures, notables, and statues.
13) Because it's federal property, filming (video) on the National Cemetery behind the Gothic Chapel, or on the Confederate Lot (Section 32), you must seek permission from the Assistant Director of Marion National Cemetery and provide us with a copy of the permission you received.

"Commercial Photography" is defined as photography or videography (any filming) which is commercial in nature that would be done by or for a company or an individual with the intent to sell, market, or profit from it in any way. Commercial photographers must apply for a Commercial Film and Photography Agreement - this form must be completed and permission granted before commercial filming or photography can be done at Crown Hill Cemetery. Unless specific permission is given, Commercial Photography is subject to the same rules above and there are additional rules not stated here.

Students must complete and submit the Commercial Film and Photography Agreement (see above) for all video projects, even if the work is for classroom use only and money is not made from it. There is a minimum donation to the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation of $50 for all student video projects. All restrictions above apply. If student videos are produced for monetary gain, you may pay a higher, Commercial Film and Photography fee.

Photography teachers must seek written permission to bring classes to shoot at Crown Hill. Photo tours for classes may be available for our normal private tour fees.

IMPORTANT: Crown Hill does not sign or grant photo or film releases allowing unlimited and unrestricted rights for taking and/or using photos and videos taken in or of Crown Hill Cemetery.

For more information, submit questions and concerns to

Gothic Chapel Wedding Ceremony Rental Information (PDF) - Weddings in the Gothic Chapel are arranged through the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation. (If you're interested in renting the chapel for funerals and memorial services, please contact the Funeral Home Office at 317-925-3800.) Click on the link to download the PDF information sheet for weddings at Crown Hill. In brief, the Gothic Chapel is available for rental for weddings on Saturday evenings from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, and on Sundays from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. The chapel in unavailable for wedding rental on all major holidays as well as Halloween, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and most weekends in October. 

Crown Hill's Award-Winning 150th Anniversary Book

CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is a beautiful 380-page coffee table book which tells the story of our nation's third largest non-government cemetery from its founding in 1863 (during the Civil War) until today. We're very proud that CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary was chosen as the SILVER AWARD WINNER for Foreward Review's prestigious national IndieFab "BOOK OF THE YEAR" in the Regional Category! 

In this very popular book, authors Douglas Wissing, Marianne Tobias, Rebecca Dolan, and Anne Ryder
 cover many topics including extensive history, personal and poignant stories, natural history, and numerous vignettes of individuals and families who rest within its historic Gothic gates. It features over 600 beautiful, full-color photographs by Marty N. Davis and Richard Fields, including a number of aerial photos of Crown Hill that will capture your attention as they allow you to see Crown Hill as you've never seen it before! Author Douglas Wissing beautifully weaves together 150 years of Crown Hill history with local and state history, creating the context which allowed Crown Hill to become the "City on the Hill" - the final resting place of many of our pioneers, civic leaders, politicians, musicians, actors, artists, automotive manufacturers and Indianapolis 500 notables, military and public safety heroes, and countless others.

 CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is 11"x11", hardbound, and weighs approx. 5.5 lbs., and is available for purchase at the Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery office, Monday-Saturday, from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. (The address is 700 W. 38th St., which is the corner of 38th St. and Clarendon Rd.) It may also be ordered by mail by using this downloadable ORDER FORM. The total cost is $40 per book, or $50 if mailed, including the shipping and handling fee of $10 per book. For more information, please contact Marianne Randjelovic at or call (317) 920-4165.

Crown Hill History Book (Soft Cover)
You can order or pick it up at the office our $5 history book featuring Crown Hill History as well as photos, diagrams, and biographical info for many Crown Hill notables. Also included are self-guided walking tours. This is an 8.5" x 11" soft-cover book. If you pick it up at the office it's $5; if you want it mailed to you it'll be $7.50 with postage and handling. Feel free to download the History Book Order Form [PDF]. If you'd like to order it by phone with a credit card, please please contact Marianne Randjelovic at or call (317) 920-4165.

1896 Crown Hill History Book Online
You can view an 1896 history book about Crown Hill online. It includes black & white photographs, lists of Cemetery Officers beginning in 1863, lists of Cemetery Corporators, Articles of Association, 1896 Rules and Regulations, and a list of Lot Owners from 1863-1896. Click here to view it online.

Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog of Crown Hill sculptures, monuments, etc.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources - cemetery-related information, including symbolism, restoration, genealogy links, etc.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation - read about Crown Hill. Cultural Landscapes "provide a sense of place and identity; they map our relationship with the land over time, and they are part of our national heritage and each of our lives."