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National Museum of Funeral History

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Address: 415 Barren Springs Dr, Houston, TX 77090-5918
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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Unexpected, but, Interesting Side Trip

We were looking for something to fill a time slot and saw this--so glad we went! This is not a gruesome place to visit at all; much to the contrary. The museum contains lots of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Village Mills, TX
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Village Mills, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were looking for something to fill a time slot and saw this--so glad we went! This is not a gruesome place to visit at all; much to the contrary. The museum contains lots of info on presidential funerals; the hearse that carried two presidents was on the premises as well as the one that carried Princess Grace of Monaco.

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Houston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is in an out of the way location, but is a very interesting place to visit. One of the more interesting displays, is of caskets from numerous locations around the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We're all going there, but how is where this museum comes in. The vehicle displays are exceptional for the car buffs and historian alike. International and historic funerary practices are highlighted and explained nicely. Particularly interesting is the manner in which popes 'move on'. A great and informative way to keep older kids amused.

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting and enjoyable, really, small museum. Everyone is hesitant about going, but really enjoys it. The museum has caskets from all over the world, including an African one that has carvings of animals covering the top. There are hearses from many eras including horse drawn coaches. There are informative videos and copies of historic figures' funeral... More 

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Thank June R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent 2 hrs here. Cost is $10pp, dollar off for 55yr and older. The museum is laid out well and has displays about Arlington National cemetery, presidential funerals, Papal funerals, history of embalming. There is a nice selection of antique hearses/carriages and information about funeral customs from some foreign countries. There is a great display of coffins and an interesting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to spend and afternoon in Houston! Very informative section on burial of Popes and Presidents. It was interesting to see evolution of funeral cars and to learn about embalming.

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East Passyunk Crossing - Phila
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Once you've been to the Space Center not much else UNUSUAL to see in Houston, etc for the National Museum of Funeral History! The papal exhibit on the death snd post-death rituals of the Romans Catholic pontiff were more informative than a display I saw at the Vatican! The history of Egyptian embalming was fascinating. The tributes to the deceased... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Finally visited this small overlooked treasure. Love museums and this was on par. History, caskets, hearses and mucho trivia about the funeral business. Not morbid at all. A must see anytime, but it will be number one destination during October.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting friends in Houston. It was a day they both had to work and we needed something in close proximity to their home to do. We went on trip advisor and found this museum. Okay so it seems a little strange and even our friends thought we were weird. Omg it was totally amazing! We spent about 3... More 

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Tunis, Tunisia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I liked touring this special museum,novices who know nothing about history and funerals will love it,plus a couple of weird displayed items will awake you along this tour

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