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National Museum of Funeral History

Address: 415 Barren Spring Drive, Houston, TX 77090
Phone Number: 281-876-3063
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Ranked #23 of 448 things to do in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Specialty museums, 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...
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Type: History museums, Specialty museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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London
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Unusual, thought provoking and different - a great little museum that's worth the journey and was a great stop on the way back to the airport

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Houston, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Nicely maintained museum, with lot of history gathered at one place. Entry fees is very nominal, $10 for an adult. The museum is located far away depending on your location and means of transport. Like, it took more than 2.5 hours and four buses to reach me there. Nicely maintained hearses from old days and designated areas of presidential and... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Found this upon a search of unique Houston destinations and we were not disappointed. It costs $10/ticket and we spent about 1.25 hours checking the place out. There are lots of neat historical items and as others mentioned, a bunch of different styles of hearses from throughout history. The coolest parts were the sections devoted to US presidents and the... More 

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Raleigh
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Went to this museum on a rainy Saturday afternoon with 3 other friends because of other TA reviews. We were all pleasantly surprised to see the amount of artifacts from throughout time as well as to learn about methods used throughout history for preservation of the dead. The many old hearses were fantastic to see. Would recommend anyone to spend... More 

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74 reviews 74 reviews
25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My husband and I visited this museum after seeing it on Mysteries at the Museum. There is so much to see and tons of interesting information. A really good museum.

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Oslo, Norway
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234 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I really loved this museum. There was much to see and the different sections covered a lot of different themes. I especially liked the section with the presidents' funerals and the memory cart section with famous people. The different hearses on show were amazing - some really beautiful. The cascets as well. The section on the old egyptians and how... More 

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Houston, Texas
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111 reviews 111 reviews
38 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I had seen a short news story about this museum on a local TV station. It looked pretty interesting. Who knew what was behind those brick walls? Fascinating Presidential mementos, news clippings, photos, and even the car that carried Regan and Ford in their funeral processions. There's a space dedicated to the funeral rites of the Popes, an embalming room... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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84 reviews 84 reviews
26 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

First, leave your backpack in the car. You are not allowed to bring backpacks into the museum. Purses are okay. I was looking for something different to visit for my niece in high school and I to do. This fit very well, after she got over the shock that there would be a museum for this kind of information. There... More 

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Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Went here with my husband & 2 teens on October 31st. Tried to do something morbid. They had a lot of interesting and educational things to look at. I was surprised that it held so much interest for my kids. Usually they don't like museums and begging to go after 30 minutes. They actually took time to read the signs... More 

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Austin, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Not only gruesome tales and haunting hearses, but there is a whole section dedicated to the popes. I am not sure why, but that's the most interesting part. The museum is off the beaten path. One side museum, the other side class rooms.

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