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National Museum of Funeral History

415 Barren Spring Drive, Houston, TX 77090
281-876-3063
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Ranked #15 of 173 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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Houston, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We took our 13 yr old to the Haunted House, which required a museum purchase. Although I had always been curious about this museum, I'm not sure we would have gone due to the subject being a bit creepy. We were pleasantly surprised at how many historical items they had and they also offered a scavenger hunt type game that... More

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Texas
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107 reviews 107 reviews
20 attraction reviews
229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I don't typically look for museums involving funerals, however given the reviews of this particular museum here and in various magazines I thought I'd give it a try. The museum is only $10 a person and you enter through the gift shop. The building isn't overly modern or fancy and smells a bit ominously when you enter (the restroom is... More

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Houston, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I did not imagine the history in this place! I definitely recommend it for families, an interesting first date, or going alone to learn about things regarding funeral history you never thought would be interesting!

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Mansfield, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Really enjoyed this museum. The information is presented well, very informative and interesting. Really enjoyed this museum!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I visited this attraction based upon the positive reviews of this site. It is mostly a museum of hearses and the papacy. I am the type to spend hours in museums, but was ready to go in an hour. Not terrible, but also not worth $10 & the drive over.

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Columbus Ohio
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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