National Museum of Funeral History

National Museum of Funeral History

National Museum of Funeral History
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • sonyaj68
    Graham, Texas356 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    We had 11 people - 6 adults, 5 kids ages 6 through 14. Hubby and I had visited a few years ago and wanted to take the family. I know it sounds weird, but it is interesting and well done. We were there a little over an hour. It is a nice way to get out of the heat and learn some things.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Maidstone7
    46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    EXCELLENT Museum!!
    I’ve been wanting to visit this museum for years now. FINALLY went a few weeks ago. OH. MY. GAWD. It is absolutely the best museum ever. They have so much stuff to look at. So many rooms and different spaces to view history. The curator of this museum did/does such a great job. We spent 2 hours at this museum. I cannot begin to express how impress I was about this place. I’ve talked about it non stop. And I will be going back. It is an absolute must. So much history. So much to look at. And so much death. But “one thing is for certain…death and taxes”.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Pittwall
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum!
    Excellent museum! Not a subject most people want to talk about. The exhibits are very well done. Our 15 year old grandson was not excited about going but thoroughly enjoyed it. Location is not near other museums but is well worth the drive.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Annette T
    Bloomington-Normal, Illinois163 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth your time
    This was a fascinating museum discussing the history of funerals not only in the U.S. but around the world. The display of hearses both modern and horse drawn were so interesting. The craftsmanship of the old carriages was amazing. We have sterilized death to the point that we no longer consider the past and how they let go of those they loved. I highly encourage visiting the museum and spending time understanding the past and your future.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 25, 2024
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,975 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and Quirky
    This is a unique and quirky museum. I found it interesting and a good way to spend a couple of hours. Some spectacular funeral vehicles in excellent condition and lots of memorabilia presented in the form of cards and programs from the funerals of the famous. Not morbid, just interesting.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 17, 2024
  • Bruce P
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprisingly Excellent!
    Fantastic niche museum! My wife and I spent more than 2 hours to do everything, including their quiz. Very informative and a huge collection of hearses and artifacts. Admission was very reasonable for what you got. I doubt it could hold a child's interest, but even adults that don't think they will be interested are in for a surprise!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 2, 2024
  • Justin K
    Houston, Texas2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Day Date with my wife
    Went today with my wife. We had a great time. We really enjoyed the different display of coffins from around the globe. Also enjoyed the section about New Orleans. I worked and lived in New Orleans years ago. It was fascinating to see all that is displayed here. We saw this on Tik Tok. We had a fun time. We participated in the fun scavenger hunt. Would recommend to come back. Very engaging and the price is not bad.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2024
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Cathy F
Missouri City, TX1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
A definite must-visit in Houston! There are so many exhibits and actual artifacts and memorabilia that it's mind-blowing. This museum is in no way somber or depressing; it is very educational. The staff is friendly and helpful. The ticket prices are beyond reasonable. This museum is great for everyone.
Written October 31, 2020
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Erica82687
Carlsbad, NM36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Was so impressed with this museum!! It took over 3 hours to see everything! There were so many antique items and informative sections. My teenage children thought it was very interesting too. This museum has put an extensive effort into the collection and display of funerary knowledge. 10/10 would recommend to all visitors of Houston
Written September 6, 2022
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Joyce D
Saint John, IN9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My husband thought I was crazy wanting to go here, but we ended up spending over 2 hours here. Unique, amazing, and beautiful displays of hearses, funeral carts, and funeral associated memorabilia. Displays were very informative. Very surprised in the size of the building. Every corner we turned, there was more!!! Enjoyable afternoon.
Written January 8, 2020
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Douglas C
Boston, MA17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
In Houston an a rainy Monday and most museums are closed. I had seen signs for this museum on past visits but never acted on them, until this week. A small museum with several interesting display mostly focused on Presidential funerals, Papal funerals embalming and funeral vehicles. A good way to kill a few hours when you've nothing else planned. Not for young kids just because they would be bored not because of any gruesome content.
Written December 15, 2022
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kwgoes
Little Rock27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
Had some time before I needed to return my rental car so I thought I would check it out. So glad I did. They have a lot of old hearses … from the 1800’s thru modern times. So cool. If you are interested in transportation, you will love it. They have a section that displays the memorial pamphlets of famous people, a lot of good information on presidential funerals, and even an educational video on the cremation process.
Written June 14, 2021
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Tom L
Klein, TX185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
What a hidden gem! I scoffed at visiting for over 15 years, then couldn't get enough of it when I finally broke down and visited. Plan to spend at least two hours reviewing quite interested displays.

The newest display is "The Makng of A Saint" tribute to Saint Pope John Paul II, but it goes so much further. It is a comprehensive history to the burial, electing, and presenting popes. This exhibit by itself takes an hour.
Written February 23, 2022
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Travel bean 997
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
An interesting museum well worth a visit. It has a lot of history of funerals, sections on presidents, an international section, lots of different funeral vehicles, coffins, death portraits, history of embalming and much more. We went with a family with two teens and they also found a few things they liked. Options for some selfies too- the death chair maybe the favorite where they would prop bodies up to make pictures.
Written April 20, 2022
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Chrisinkingwood2
Houston, TX5,604 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I was curious about this local museum so took a chance and went to visit this past week. Senior admission is $9 and well worth it. The museum is fairly large and well laid out to lead you from one exhibit to the next. The large main room has several large hearses from early ornate horse drawn coaches to modern cars. There is a large exhibit with photos, memorabilia and other significant items from past US Presidents' funerals, another for the funerals of Popes and a section with things from celebrity funerals. They have a section with things from funerals in other countries and cultures.

All in all there is a lot to see here and I spent a bit over 2 hours here.
Written August 19, 2022
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Leza H
London, UK665 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
I’d say this place is a must see. We were pleasantly amazed by how comprehensive the museum is and the amount of fascinating displays. We were expecting a quirky macabre eccentric place as a short distraction but we were here for 2 hours or more. From Papal funerals in Italy to Presidential funerals, funeral carriages, a beautifully elaborate Japanese hearse, Ghanaian carved animal coffins, a history of embalming, a large satin lined family coffin for 3 with a bonkers back story…there’s so much to see here. It’s really well laid out and well lit. Kids will find it interesting too. Impressive.
Written March 1, 2022
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GPaulsen
Boerne, TX7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
The museum is very unique and one of a kind. I learned that many Houston locals don’t even know that this places exists. It is educational and not morbid. While it is an unusual theme for a museum, upon entering, these negative perceptions quickly go away. I took my 2 older sisters to the museum and they were initially sort of apprehensive. However once they started seeing how detailed and realistic the exhibits were, they ventured through the museum without issue. After the visit, they both had no regrets and “enjoyed” if that is proper to say. I highly recommend the funeral museum.
Written October 20, 2022
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