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National Museum of Funeral History

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Address: 415 Barren Spring Drive, Houston, TX 77090
Phone Number: 281-876-3063
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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This museum, owned by a funeral company, houses the largest collection of...

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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Awesome attraction.

Stuck for a day in Houston and did a search found a few museums that I could go to and stumbled on this place. Sounds weird but, here I go as the reviews were great. Was not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
buckleroos
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Elkhart, IN
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Elkhart, IN
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stuck for a day in Houston and did a search found a few museums that I could go to and stumbled on this place. Sounds weird but, here I go as the reviews were great. Was not sure what to expect but was fully amazed at how the museum was put together and the attention to detail on the subjects... More 

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Lindale, Texas
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It may seem a little strange to want to visit a funeral museum but I fund it fascinating! I love old cars and the hearses from back in the day, ranging from the 1800's to 1980's, were really something to see! I also enjoyed looking at the actual funeral invoices from several U.S. Presidents (Eisenhower, Nixon, Grant, and several others)... More 

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Thank Patti1954
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very unusual but a bit gimmicky. Interesting though. Only in America..... The Presidential exhibit was the most interesting and the Mexican day of the dead the least. The burial procedure for Popes was also very interesting. There is a museum shop.

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2 Thank WeegieQuine
Albuquerque
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28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maybe not for everybody but a lot of fun for most. Interesting collection. Good value. You need at least an hour but maybe not a lot more. Celebrity funeral collection. Fabulous hearse collection includes horse drawn wagons and sleighs. Beautiful old luxury automobile hearses. Interesting quirky.

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1 Thank MJ3000
Houston, Texas
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62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has a great display if you are interested in funerals or embalming. It is connected to a school for mortuary science, which makes since. The display on how they bury a pope is very interesting and authentic.

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Thank Robert2861
Winnipeg, Canada
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44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really interesting and fun visit. A good kitschy vibe, which helped. It didn't feel heavy, but interesting. Weird Pope exhibit included, pretty random.

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Thank Brewolig
Houston, Texas
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67 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Went during Halloween! Very interesting historically. A little bit creepy. Fun....I feel weird saying it was fun. Yet it was. Loved the historical aspects with a bit of a haunted house feel. Had a lot of information about various "famous" deaths....presidents, celebrities, athletes, etc. They had a "family friendly" haunted house...with animatronics. Yes it scared me...I don't like scary clowns.... More 

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Thank cyn_mgmt1
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Nice museum, worth a visit and near the Beer Can House which is also worth seeing (although that is only open at the weekend). Some fantastic old vehicles and interesting displays on US Presidents funerals as well as the large Pope display including to scale replica of John Paul II's tomb?!?

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Thank TWickert
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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734 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Houston is well known for its museums but having been to somebody the tip museums in the world we didn't feel we wanted to visit yet another natural history or aviation museum as good as I'm sure the ones here are. So this museum seemed like a good choice having never been to one devoted to funerary proceedings before. It's... More 

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Thank otolith
southern nj
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

You just have to take advantage of the opportunity to see this Museum!!! They have the most beautiful wood-carved funeral wagons, history comes alive in this museum!. Current section is on the "Making of a Pope" and is most interesting. Don't miss this one.

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