National Museum of Funeral History

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National Museum of Funeral History

National Museum of Funeral History
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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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
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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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Travel bean 997
4 contributions
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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Tom L
Klein, TX64 contributions
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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djrealone
Chicago, IL381 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
We went here as it looked like the oddest museum I have seen in all my travels. Upon arrival the museum was amazing. Very large with some great pieces of funeral history and I actually learned a lot while visiting here. I thought it may be a depressing museum. But it was actually the opposite with some really cool displays and even specialty displays such as New Orleans funeral history and Mexico’s Dia Des los Muerta. Highly recommend this as a great sight in a city that has limited sights to see. The coffin built for 3 people was my favorite piece here.
Written November 28, 2020
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Leza H
London, UK644 contributions
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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Wandering Cajun
Texas298 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
This museum was very interesting and well done. There was much more to it than I anticipated. It is all tastefully done and not morbid. It’s educational and touches on historical events and deaths of presidents, popes, celebrities, and so much more. The evolution and display of so many hearse vehicles was fascinating. Explains funeral, embalming and burial practices over the centuries. Plan to spend 2-3 hours here to see it all. I recommend this for adults only, may be a bit scary at times for young children. The only part of our visit that we did not enjoy was the interaction with the unfriendly woman working desk at tickets/gifts on the afternoon of Saturday, June 4th.
Written June 7, 2022
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kwgoes
Little Rock27 contributions
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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Cathy F
Missouri City, TX1 contribution
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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jpaffel
Houston48 contributions
Jan 2020
I highly recommend a visit to this unique museum. My friend an I were super impressed with the quality of the displays. I have never seen anything like this museum, perhaps it is the only one dealing with Funeral History in the entire US. Check it out!
Written January 7, 2020
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Joyce D
Saint John, IN9 contributions
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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Zophra
haddon Heights89 contributions
Aug 2021
Feels like a random hoarder's collection. Very disjointed, The place smells terrible - like formaldehyde (like dissections) making me think that some embalming fluid leaked at one time in one of the hearses or something similar. I had a wicked headache after an hour from the smell.
Written August 9, 2021
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  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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