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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 165 attractions in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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North Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The Houston Funeral Museum is very interesting. Tastefully historical, factual information. Dare I say fun? The fantasy coffins of Kane Quaye will bring a smile. Yes, some of the displays are thought provoking. There are articles of mourning clothing, jewelry, and adornment. Funeral and embalming equipment. Caskets and coffins. (yes, there IS a difference) And hearses from around the world.... More

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Ribeirão Prêto, São Paulo, Brazil
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70 reviews 70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Its quite impressive, but still creepy, I would not take kids to this place, but I recomended the museum if you have a long stay in Houston area and have seen it all

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Nice museum about funeral history, U.S. presidents' funerals and famous people. Includes historic cars etc.

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This was definitely a unique museum! Lots of cool caskets and hearses. There was a big section on the Pope and the process when he dies. That was interesting.

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Fresno, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

On our recent trip to Houston, we were looking to experience something new. We have visited many natural history and science museums as well as art museums. This particular history museum piqued our interest so we decided to check it out. It was a little challenging finding the building but once we did, we were very impressed with the museum... More

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Houston, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

My daughter (13) & I went to visit this museum during October when they also have a haunted house. I read the TripAdvisor reviews, and decided to give it a try! And, we were pleasantly surprised! There is a LOT of history in the museum - it isn't just about the history of funerals! First of all, there are exhibits... More

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Rochester, Michigan
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39 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The outside of the building is nothing to write home about, but once you are inside it is very interesting and informative. Genevieve was my tour guide. She is clear spoken and very knowledgeable. Learn about caskets, coffins, hearse for JFK and Ford, celebrity funeral memorabilia, the Pope, Day of the Dead, Ghana coffins, and much more. One of my... More

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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

What a surprise! We went there on a total lark- Ended up spending three hours touring the fantastic exhibits. The Web Site SUCKS- Do not let it detour you!! There is something for everyone! Car buffs will love the hearses, there is a great Egyptian exhibit- The deaths of the Presidents, and the big exhibit on the burial of the... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We went with a large group, a couple of seniors, four adults and six kids from age 9 to 17. All except one (a kid who truly hates museums) found something to interest them. There is a fantastic collection of old hearses (cars) that any car buff will enjoy. I really enjoyed the specialty coffins from Ghana (I first heard... More

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customer99
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

This place certainly is different but interesting. I went with two teenagers who weren't crazy about it but we did learn a lot. I really liked the Pope part of the exhibit and the different caskets. Only complaint is I wish it was bigger.

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