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National Museum of Funeral History

415 Barren Spring Drive, Houston, TX 77090
281-876-3063
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Ranked #12 of 171 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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Columbus Ohio
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169 reviews 169 reviews
112 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This museum was very interesting and cool to see. It has plenty of displays of funerals in past to present from embalming to burial. They include memorabilia from celebrity deaths. The BAD: 1. Their is no normal entrance like you'd expect for a museum. It almost looks like a school church once you enter into the hallway from outside. 2.... More

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Manila, Philippines
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is very interesting and provides much history, including a great pope exhibit. The old hearses are worth seeing. The displays regarding past presidents, etc are very informative.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The museum had a lot of interesting facts about the process that takes place for a funeral. Facts about the presidents and the pope funeral procession were informative. I feel this museum is more for adults because kids would get bored easily.

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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is a beautiful, free art gallery. The staff is very friendly and willing to answer any questions you may have. The grounds outside are lovely, and are a nice place to have lunch before walking around the gallery. There is a place where food trucks park nearby, and they are different every day. You can check twitter to see... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Basic history of funeral rites and embalming. Loved the section about the popes. The first few funeral cars were interesting but then it became a bit much.

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Long Beach, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Being a lover of the darker things is life, when my boyfriend told me we were going to Houston, I looked up things to do and this was my number one thing. The outside of the building is pretty plain, but the inside is full of great artifacts. The museum was a lot different than I was expecting, but it... More

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Sturgis, South Dakota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I spent over two hours here -- definitely packed with information and "funeral" items. Very well laid out and organized. Many hearses and caskets, along with displays specific to the deaths and funerals of celebrities, presidents and popes. There was also information about funerals and death rituals in other countries. If you're looking for something a little bit out of... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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86 reviews 86 reviews
21 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

What a fascinating place! An exploration of all the thoughtful and well-presented exhibits could easily take several hours. The main floor is is an auto lover's dream: filled with gleaming vintage hearses and flower cars, presented with an interesting variety of caskets. One exhibit walks visitors through the rituals involved after a pope dies; another presents a collection of memorial... More

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Planet Earth
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6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We have all had the experience of visiting a funeral parlor, most likely to attend the memorial service of a friend or family member. On these visits you don't really see what happens or the processes involved in preparing a person for burial and most likely were reluctant to ask. A visit to the National Museum of Funeral History sort... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Visited on a whim on a Monday morning. Was already well rated as one of the top places to visit in Houston, and they were right. Anticipated this would be a morbid group of displays. Instead, it was a great set of displays on antique cars (Hearses), Cool Caskets, and a display on Presidential Funerals. Special exhibit on Pope was... More

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