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National Museum of Funeral History
Ranked #16 of 316 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 14 December 2013

We love traveling to see unique and macabre things, and this museum is no different. The layout of the entire building is nice and a good pace - probably my favorite part was viewing all the vintage hearses and wagons, since you can be so up close to them ! Taking pictures was also a plus. Definitely worth a look if you're around the area, and reasonably priced.

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Reviewed 14 December 2013

Don't think it is death and dying morbid stuff. It is not. It is VERY tasteful and one of the most interesting things you can visit in Houston. We spent two hours in there and it was fascinating. Even the gift shop is tasteful. Many beautiful angel and religious items. Beautiful.

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Reviewed 30 November 2013

It's a bit on the macabre side, but really interesting. A large exhibit on Pope's and some cool antique hearses. They have an interesting gift shop. We went at Halloween and went to the small haunted house.

Thank gosomeplace
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Not Morbid at all!
This is an beautiful museum, with video screen in many sections detailing that period of time represented. Starting with a detailed presentation of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, leading into a section on the Presidential Funeral Exhibit. Large collection of hearse, from horse drawn to the 1938 Henney-Packard Flower Car are in the center of the building. Next, you can explore the different wings of the museum, including the Ghana Coffin Expo of decorated animal and everyday object coffins, the Civil War Exhibit with the explanation of the beginning of embalming, the International Exhibits (including excellent Egyptian rooms), The Day of the Death Customs Display rooms, and the Papal Exhibit with full scale replica of what events happen when a Pope dies. There is also an excellent interactive arrangement of TV, movie and media star's memorabilia, related to their life & death. There are presentations of mourning clothing, hair jewelry, tools of the trade and more!
You enter and exit through a cute little gift store, Bathrooms accessible, Ample Parking is free.
Open everyday at 10 am, but 12 pm on Sunday. Photos allowed inside the museum.
Admission is $10 adults, Seniors $9, Children $7. Plan to spend 2 to 3 hours here.
Pick up & do the Scavenger Hunt paper - gives you a discount in the gift store at tour's end.
If you are coming into the Houston Airport - take Route 45 North, as the museum is in an industrial park. Suggest you use your GPS, don't be scared away by that - it is fairly easy to find, and allows for this giant exhibition.
Hope you enjoy and remember "Any Day Above Ground is a Good One!"

2  Thank PhillyTraveler
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

Who knew? A museum about funeral histories.

I heard about the museum from a friend who asked me to join her. We went on a Sunday afternoon and I was very surprised at just how much history is there.


Give yourself between 1-2 hours to tour the facility. There is a scavenger hunt which helps you see everything (and gives you a gift shop discount, if you score a 90%). This is a place for even people who hate museums (me). It is laid out in a way that allows you to see many exhibits at one time while remaining focused on one individual piece. This is great if you are claustrophobic because the space is large and not confining.

Seeing the progression of hearses was educational and at times emotional. Special horse drawn hearses for children was hard but then you realize just how many children died back then.

Having multiple cultures was a great part of it. Unfortunately only a few cultures are represented. Hopefully the museum will be able to acquire more international funeral pieces in the future.

My main complaint is the lighting. The glares are horrible for taking pictures. It is either extremely bright in one spot or completely dark. I thought that it might be for protecting some of the artifacts but think it just might be the antiquated lighting system.

It is worth the trip out there.

1  Thank Pkrekeler
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