The National Museum for Funeral History is a great museum that houses artifacts of some of the most leading funeral cultures.
Houston, Texas is home to some of the best museums in the country with as many as 19 museums located in the city's famed Museum District. These facilities display exhibits across art, science, culture, and history and is the prime attraction for tourists, attracting as many as 8.7 million visitors every year. Besides being great spots for education, these museums preserve the history and culture of not just the state but also of the rest of the world. Of all the museums that are here, there's one that looks straight out of a Tim Burton epic; a very unique and fascinating museum; one that lets you walk among the dead, quite literally!
Called the National Museum of Funeral History, this museum fulfills the founder Robert L. Waltrip's dream of establishing an institution to educate the public and preserve the heritage of death care. And fulfill it does —in the best possible way with its 30,500 square-foot exhibit space. You can learn about some of the most bizarre things out here like the history of urns or Victorian mourning jewelry made out a dead person's hair. Fascinated by the cloth-wrapped Egyptian mummies or the Japanese funeral culture? Well, you can learn about those too. This museum is so extensive in its collection that it is, in fact, happens to be America's largest collection of funeral items. Of course, that's not a surprising fact at all because you definitely won't get to see a lot of funeral history museums out there.
When inaugurated in February 1992, it was housed in a 20,500-square-foot facility that displayed artifacts of the funeral services industry that were otherwise being discarded. As the years rolled on, the Museum established itself into a place to collect and preserve the history of the funeral industry. According to the official site, the first major exhibit here was a collection of vintage hearses, one that still continues to expand and fascinate visitors. There are plenty of permanent exhibits out here too such as the one based on the Popes which displays memorabilia used by at some point in their lives. There's the Dia De Los Muertos or the Day of the Dead, the "colorful religious celebration honoring the souls of the departed" practiced by the many Meso-American cultures.
The National Museum of Funeral History is located to the north side of Houston off of Interstate 45 and Richey Road, exit 64, and is about 15 minutes west of Bush Airport (IAH). You can buy tickets to the museum on the official website here, or buy them when you get there. It is open from Monday to Friday (between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.), Saturday (between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Sunday (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Ticket prices for adults are $10, for Senior citizens over the age of 55 and veterans, prices are $9, for children between the age of 6 to 11 prices are $7, and kids below 5 will get a free entry.