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National Museum of Funeral History

415 Barren Spring Drive, Houston, TX 77090
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Ranked #19 of 179 Attractions in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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, 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.

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Baltimore, MD
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132 reviews 132 reviews
24 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

This is clearly a project of someone who loves this topic. It is done tastefully and is not the downer you might expect. On the other hand, I would have liked more explicit information about embalming and burial. I suspect they didn't go there for fear of offending people. Don't plan on spending more than an hour.

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Dallas, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Couldn't resist the title for this review. What started out as a gag gift for my birthday, turned into a great outing. We visited the museum with all intentions of laughing at stupid exhibits and being creeped-out by a collection of undertaker tools. Quick joke and we'd be out the door. I was very impressed! We spent about two hours... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Very interesting and historic...really liked the Vlad the Impaler display...overall very historic and informative

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Spring, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Very interesting! Not morbid like you'd think. You never think about the customs and traditions regarding burials, but every culture & region has their own practices, and they constantly evolve. Exhibits change from time to time. I've been 3 times over the past few years, and many of the exhibits changed between each visit. I know it sounds weird, but... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is a "one of a kind" museum filled with history and special attractions. If you can subtract yourself from the feeling of death and look at the beauty and artistry of these carriages you will appreciate the skill and uniqueness that has gone into the designs and the symbols of remembrance. The life-like displays give an extra appreciation of... More

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Houston, Texas
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201 reviews 201 reviews
16 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a surprisingly good museum that you want to visit. I realize that it seems a rather non interesting subject but when you go to this museum you will enjoy it. They have many old hearses on display along with many other exhibits relating to the funeral industry. When I was there they also had a great exhibit about... More

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Vista, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

A visit to this museum will not disappoint. I suggest you allow a minimum of 2 hours. There are no discounts except for military. The staff are very friendly and the gift store, although small, has a variety of items. The museum is configured with dedicated sections on the history of funerals for the Popes, presidents and famous people (movie... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I went to the Halloween Car show at the museum. The car show was great! Lots of great cars. We also went into the museum and haunted house. The museum is huge and very informative. The haunted house was very will decorated but not very scary. Small children should be fine to go into the haunted house without any problem.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I took my daughter to the haunted house, then we toured the museum. Worth every penny. She enjoy this museum more than she did the Museum of Fine Arts. I must say I did too. I was amazed actually. I had no idea of what we would see and I was pleasantly surprised. I will be going back with my... More

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Humble, Texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Kind of funny with the amount of security here, you would think you were in a diamond and gold museum. Lots of interesting artifacts from the history and evolution of funerals. Double caskets for love birds, Yup. Ornate things that you would not believe. Other cultures are displayed and it really makes you wonder. Spend about 2 hours to take... More

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