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National Museum of Funeral History

415 Barren Spring Drive, Houston, TX 77090
281-876-3063
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Ranked #19 of 174 Attractions in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This museum, owned by a funeral company, houses the largest collection of funereal artifacts in the U.S., traces the history of funeral services,... more » Owner description: This museum, owned by a funeral company, houses the largest collection of funereal artifacts in the U.S., traces the history of funeral services, displays historic hearses and provides memorabilia from funerals of the famous, such as Dwight Eisenhower, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Elvis Presley. « less
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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This would be of interest to lost of people just not me. I'm sure this would be great on Halloween. To be honest it's something that a medical student or mortician would want to see.

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League City, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

A great way to spend a few hours. A hidden gem in the Houston museum scene. The displays and artifacts are extremely interesting. Very enjoyable and informative museum.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

If you're interested in funerals, the history of it,or if you're just a bit of a dark soul, make sure to stop here for a bit. It takes about 2 or so hours to go through, and that's without reading everything. This museum is very big, covering lots of topics relating to funerals and death. It is totally worth the... More

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Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

Well-maintained and unique museum. There are several sections, each dealing with some aspect of funerals, mainly in the United States. There are quite a few hearses from various eras and the sections on embalming and coffin-making are good. There is also a section on ancient Egypt and one on the Vatican, specifically Pope John Paul II. The is plenty of... More

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Houston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I did not have the highest expectations going to this facility and as it turns out they were exceedingly surpassed. Two to three hours is an accurate amount of time to see just about everything in the facility. There is an impressive array of hearses, the exhibit on popes is well done (the silver hammer was my boys' favorite part)... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

This is a museum you shouldn't miss - it will peak your interest from the moment you walk into it. It is well laid out - lots of interesting artifacts concerning the funeral industry, how different cultures and times celebrate the passing of a loved one, some funny stories and some interesting hearses. One hearse had everything carved out of... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

The collection of hearses is brilliant, the bizarre coffins great, the presidential funerals interesting - but why such a huge area dedicated to the funeral of one pope buried in Italy in the US National Museum of Funeral History? J-P II gets about three times the exhibit space allocated to 3 US President funerals? Also not enough information on the... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is a place that not too many people know that exists, when I was there I did not see many visitors. The history of the embalming process is very interesting, how it has changed throught time. There is a diversity of funeral cars, I get to see some with animal characters, or the favorite team of the deceased. I... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I really liked visiting this museum, it was only a little bit creepy but not really. The history of all the items and displays was fascinating to read and see. My 2 year old was not scared at all! I just wish they would've had more exhibits to see, otherwise they would have gotten a 5! April- Tucson, AZ

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We took our 13 yr old to the Haunted House, which required a museum purchase. Although I had always been curious about this museum, I'm not sure we would have gone due to the subject being a bit creepy. We were pleasantly surprised at how many historical items they had and they also offered a scavenger hunt type game that... More

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