The National Museum of Funeral History

WELCOME TO OUR MUSEUM

The National Museum of Funeral History is an educational experience like no other and offers something for everyone. Discover America’s largest collection of authentic, historical funeral service items.

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Learn about caskets and coffins, hearses through history, plus the funerals of Presidents, Popes, celebrities and more while you witness the cultural heritage of the funeral service industry and its time-honored tradition of compassion.

New Exhibit

HISTORY OF MOURNING PHOTOGRAPHY

The History of Mourning Photography showcase at the museum shines a spotlight on a branch of photography that has long been forgotten.

New Exhibit

POST-MORTEM PHOTOGRAPHY

The Post-Mortem Photography showcase at the museum shines a spotlight on a branch of photography that has long been forgotten.

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FEATURED EXHIBITS

CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC

Sponsor and/or participate in the Charity Golf Classic, held every spring at the prestigious Kingwood Country Club.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Here are some exciting new events coming up in 2022.

March 15, 2022
March 15, 2022
Stone Chapel Podcasts hosted by David Capes

PODCAST - The Shroud of Turin with Nora Creech

What do you think about the Shroud of Turin? Is it actually the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth or is it a medieval forgery? Well, Nora Creech has some ideas on it, and she stopped by the Lanier Library recently to talk with David Capes about her research and reflection on the shroud. She has studied the shroud for decades and believes it is the burial shroud of Jesus. But for her, it is more than a relic of history; it is a place for meditation on the depth of suffering and death that Jesus experienced for the world. Every twenty-five years the shroud is put on display at the Catholic Church in Turin, Italy. But in 2023 a certified replica of the shroud will be put on display as a permanent exhibit at the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, TX. For more information, contact the museum through its website at www.nmfh.org.
March 2, 2022
March 2, 2022
Holy Rosary Catholic Church - Joerger-Lindsey Hall

SHROUD OF TURIN

Seeking the Face of Christ How the Shroud of Turin Reveals God’s Love Presented by Nora Creech The Shroud of Turin is an ancient linen cloth that holds a mysterious image of a scourged and crucified man.
March 3, 2022
March 3, 2022
University of St. Thomas Cullen Hall 3910 Yoakum Blvd

SHROUD OF TURIN

The funeral industry has a challenge on its hands: consumers are choosing cremation, but they know little about it. They don’t know the process, the possibilities for memorialization, and they don’t understand cremation’s history. Worse, because America’s cremation story has largely been untold, misconceptions about the industry fill the gaps.
March 5, 2022
March 5, 2022
Queen of Peace Catholic Church

SHROUD OF TURIN

Seeking the Face of Christ How the Shroud of Turin Reveals God’s Love Presented by Nora Creech The Shroud of Turin is an ancient linen cloth that holds a mysterious image of a scourged and crucified man.
June 7, 2022
June 7, 2022
St. Cecilia Catholic Church / 11720 Joan of Arc

7:00 – 9:00pm Shroud Presentation

with Claudia Somerville Assoc. Director of Adult Faith Formation
June 8, 2022
June 8, 2022
St. Ignatius Catholic Church / 7810 Cypresswood Drive Spring

7:30 – 9:30 pm Shroud Presentation (following 6:45pm Mass)

Gloria Aldridge, Amy Auzenne
June 9, 2022
June 9, 2022
Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart / Cathedral Centre 1701 San Jacinto

7:00 – 9:00 pm Shroud Presentation

with Gwenne Buck, Wendy Millhouse, Fr. Jeffrey Bame
June 11, 2022
June 11, 2022
St. Faustina Catholic Church / 28102 FM 1093 Fulshear

6:30 – 8:30 pm Shroud Presentation (following 5 pm Mass)

with Brian Lennox Director of Faith Formation

So I love off the wall unique spots. I seek them out all over the world. This is above average for them. I was expecting a small ode to saying goodbye and was pleasantly surprised not only with the size but the quality or presentation and the detailed explanations of each display. I bet I took 200 photos. Gift shop in tow but lacked stickers for my personal remembrance. Got a patch instead! Also found a couple local dark art pieces so a win! Highly recommend a visit.

Bill Oas
Visitor

While not knowing what to expect, we were thoroughly amazed. Thinking to spend 1/2 to 1 hour before lunch, we spent 2+ hours here. Thinking it would be a dark and solemn, it was anything but. There is a history on embalming and cremation exhibit. An excellent display of vehicles used for funerals. Items from presidential and famous people. I'm not going to say anymore, don't want to spoil it. At $10 fee, the best money I spent in Texas!

Stephen Hardwick
Visitor

This was the most interesting and informative place I have been in the last few months! Staff are super friendly, TONS of amazing exhibits and classic cars to look at and a really cool gift shop with so many terrific items! My 8 yr old loved it too! Will definitely go back!

Whitney Castillo-Walker
Visitor

By far one of THE BEST museums ever visited. There was no stone left unturned. Great information. It would have been nice if there were some self guided audio to go along with the the different exhibits. It would have been nice to see some exhibits organize by time-line of where funerals started to where they are today. Overall an excellent museum that everyone should see.

Tamyra L
Visitor

Awesome museum near Houston, one of the more unique and content-rich ones around here. Not a large place but has a lot of artifacts, weird facts and interesting history around the culture of funeral. Nicely organized and separated into various sections. I'd recommend spending about three hours here, I went for a bit less than two hours and definitely did not have enough time to browse through everything this place had to offer.

Di Lu
Local Guide

One of the most amazing date I've been on with my partner! We spent 4 hours in there and still missed just a little bit. They have everything from Presley to Popes, coffins to carriages, day of the dead to ancient Egyptians. If you decide to take this wonderful adventure, plan to spend some time! Everything here is beyond interesting and very educational in a fun way.

Kayla Newitt
Visitor
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    2022

    WATER HEARSES OF VENICE

    By Bob Boetticher Sr., Chairman, National Museum of Funeral History - Houston, Texas

    In September of 2019 my wife, Jarka, and I went on an 18-day Mediterranean cruise that ended in Venice, Italy, where we spent three spectacular days. I was amazed to see all of the different types of boat and gondola traffic on the main channel of the Gulf of Venice. The back canals of the city were crowded with merchants selling produce and with other commercial ventures, and water taxis were traveling in every direction.

    Venice, Surrounded by 119 small islands connected by more than 400 uniquely-styled bridges, is located in Northeastern Italy. The city, named after the Adriatic Veneti people who inhabited this region around the 10th century, has also been called “City of Water,” “City of Bridges” and “Queen of the Adriatic.” From the 13th century to the 17th century, Venice was an important center of commerce, offering spices, grains and art, and was also an international finance center.

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    MUSEUM SHOP

    Often described as one of the Houston’s most unique gift shops, visitors can find a variety of gifts and one-of-a-kind treasures.

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    HOW TO GET HERE

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    The National Museum of Funeral History is located on the North side of Houston off of Interstate 45 and Richey Road, exit 64, about 15 minutes west of Bush Airport (IAH.)

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    Mon - Fri: 10am - 4pm
    Sat: 10am - 5pm
    Sun: 12pm - 5pm

    Adults: $10
    Seniors (55+) / Veterans: $9
    Children (ages 6 to 11): $7
    Children (5 and under): Free
    SCI Employees:$8 with ID badge or business card

    415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston TX
    281-876-3063