National Museum of Funeral History, Houston

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Initially, it was believed the Museum’s target audience would primarily consist of persons engaged in death care professions, such as funeral directors, embalmers, and cemeterians, as well as providing historical base and a sustaining element of professional pride for instructors and students of Commonwealth. As the Museum evolved, the national museum of Funeral History’s mission broadened to encompass public education-in effect, bringing the mysterious and frequently taboo topic of death into accessible, non-threatening, and non-macabre setting for kindergarten students through senior citizens. Currently, the Museum is in its fifth development evolution since inception eighteen years ago-that of expanding acquisitions and exhibits to encompass a comprehensive multicultural and multinational offering to better serve its heterogeneous constituency.
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  • I never thought about the history of funerals, but after this visit it made me think about history in other areas. The museum was set up nicely. I look forward to going back and visiting their new exh...  more »
  • My 13 year old son was a little weary about this museum. I think he was expecting something gory. Well this museum was so interesting and informative. We stayed for a few hours checking out all the hi...  more »
  • I really enjoyed the funeral museum. The exhibit was well put together and interesting. It took an hour for sure to see.  more »
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  • The name may sound like it's something you don't want to see, however; that would be totally wrong. Hidden in an area of Houston not known for museums, however; it's proximity to Houston's largest funeral schools makes it make sense. And go ready to learn. The Papal exhibit is one of a kind with and there is a Popemobile on exhibit to gander at too. And what about all your favorite stars over the years, many have made their wall of fame and you can see the actual program they used for their funeral. And if you are an Abe Lincoln buff, the details of his multiple funerals are all laid out here.
  • Worth visiting, especially if you're into history, cars, or anything related to this industry. The free tour is great, and lasts 2-2.5 hours if you're interested, or you can just look around. They have a lot of rare and unique items, and everything is presented very respectfully. Highly recommended, especially since it's near the airport and only $10 for adult admission.
  • I didn't know what to expect when I saw this place. I went in a group for extra credit in our Texas History class. It was the best! And I sat in the Batmobile. Totally coming again
  • Surprisingly good time. Lots to see, remember and read. Loved all the old hearses. Great way to spend a hot afternoon in the Houston area.
  • Unique, informational and fun for the whole family! I would highly recommend this place to anyone seeking a good time. Also, ask if a tour guide is available. They explain everything about the museum, answer questions and give extra tips and facts!

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