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National Museum of Funeral History
Ranked #15 of 305 things to do in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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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, 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.
Reviewed December 15, 2012

Sure...you tell some people that you want to go here and they freak out but I've heard about it for years and always wanted to go here. Finally, my youngest daughter and I went and found it very interesting and well presented. Look forward to returning and seeing some of the newer displays that were coming.

Thank texaswinesnob
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

I just returned from the beautiful city of Houston. Among it's it's impressive architecture, artworks, varied cusine, and hospitable residents, lies a hidden treasure for tourists.

Bring your camera. I didn't. We spent two hours among the exhibits and ran out of time before we ran out of things to see. This is a multimedia presentation of
funerary objects, narratives of funerals of the famous, caskets, amazing hearses, mourning clothes and jewelry, and the embalming tent of Dr. Thomas Holmes who practiced the first large scale embalming during the civil war. Ever wonder where the term, 'basket case' originated? That's discovery you'll make during your visit.

This a first class museum, beautifully organized and presented. And, remeber to visit the gift shop where you can buy a mini casket to hold "death mints."

Thank joycelyn c
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

This doesn't sound like a very exciting museum to visit, but it was so interesting to see the history of the funerary business. The hearses are especially interesting to any car enthusiast and embalming equipment is also informative. The museum is well set up, modern and clean. The only negative is the distance from town.

Thank jdana130
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Highly unusual items on display. The section dedicated to the Papal funeral process is very impressive. Not at all morbid; just very interesting.

1  Thank Gladtobethere
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

Even if you are not the kind of person that is into death, this museum still presents material that will be interesting to you. For example, I never knew that a company once produced a "Funeral Bus" that could carry 20 or so passengers plus a couple of coffins. I also was fascinated by the funeral card collection they had, as well as the interactive exhibit that showed various tombstone epitaphs.

Thank fornit
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