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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 #16 of 126 Attractions 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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Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Baltimore, MD
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141 reviews 141 reviews
29 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is clearly a project of someone who loves this topic. It is done tastefully and is not the downer you might expect. On the other hand, I would have liked more explicit information about embalming and burial. I suspect they didn't go there for fear of offending people. Don't plan on spending more than an hour.

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Dallas, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Couldn't resist the title for this review. What started out as a gag gift for my birthday, turned into a great outing. We visited the museum with all intentions of laughing at stupid exhibits and being creeped-out by a collection of undertaker tools. Quick joke and we'd be out the door. I was very impressed! We spent about two hours... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Very interesting and historic...really liked the Vlad the Impaler display...overall very historic and informative

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Spring, Texas
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21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Very interesting! Not morbid like you'd think. You never think about the customs and traditions regarding burials, but every culture & region has their own practices, and they constantly evolve. Exhibits change from time to time. I've been 3 times over the past few years, and many of the exhibits changed between each visit. I know it sounds weird, but... More 

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Pearland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is a "one of a kind" museum filled with history and special attractions. If you can subtract yourself from the feeling of death and look at the beauty and artistry of these carriages you will appreciate the skill and uniqueness that has gone into the designs and the symbols of remembrance. The life-like displays give an extra appreciation of... More 

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Houston, Texas
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17 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a surprisingly good museum that you want to visit. I realize that it seems a rather non interesting subject but when you go to this museum you will enjoy it. They have many old hearses on display along with many other exhibits relating to the funeral industry. When I was there they also had a great exhibit about... More 

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Vista, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

A visit to this museum will not disappoint. I suggest you allow a minimum of 2 hours. There are no discounts except for military. The staff are very friendly and the gift store, although small, has a variety of items. The museum is configured with dedicated sections on the history of funerals for the Popes, presidents and famous people (movie... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I went to the Halloween Car show at the museum. The car show was great! Lots of great cars. We also went into the museum and haunted house. The museum is huge and very informative. The haunted house was very will decorated but not very scary. Small children should be fine to go into the haunted house without any problem.... More 

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