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.
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.
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.
The Most Famous Burial of All Time:
THE SHROUD OF TURIN
Become an important part of this awe-inspiring exhibit!
The Shroud of Turin is an ancient linen cloth that holds a mysterious image of a scourged and crucified man. It is widely regarded as the most scientifically studied artifact in history, yet no one can explain how the mysterious image was formed.
EXHIBIT OPENS APRIL 27, 2023
Photos courtesy of: Barrie M. Schwortz Collection Stera, Inc.
The Post-Mortem Photography showcase at the museum shines a spotlight on a branch of photography that has long been forgotten.
CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC
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Here are some exciting new events coming up in 2023.
THE MOST FAMOUS BURIAL OF ALL TIME: THE SHROUD OF TURINThe National Museum of Funeral History (NMFH) is sponsoring presentations of the Shroud of Turin to share information about the precious linen and to raise awareness of it’s planned permanent exhibit: ``The Most Famous Burial of All Time.``
AN EVENING WITH THE EXPERTSAn in depth “behind-the-scenes” look at the work of the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) team. Col. Rudy Dichtl and Photographer Barrie Schwortz will share personal experiences of their time working on one of the “most significant scientific studies ever performed on the Shroud,” and how it impacted their personal lives and their faith.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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DEATH TAKES TO THE INTERNATIONAL TRAMWAYS
By Bob Boetticher Sr. Chairman, National Museum of Funeral History
Guiding the Spirit into its next life
An historical look around the world — from simple hearse trailers to opulent funeral trams The funeral streetcar or trolley of the United States had a lot in common with
the international funeral trams of other countries during the 19th century. They existed for a short time, providing funeral transportation services to the communities where they operated.
In the United States, a tram is the same as a streetcar, traveling along tracks on city streets or as part of the local rail system. Tram vehicles are much lighter than traditional rail cars and use a bow collector attached to the roof to connect to overhead power lines.
In the mid-1800s, many major cities and even smaller towns felt that their local cemeteries were reaching capacity, and some medical professionals raised concerns that this could lead to a public health risk. To resolve this issue,
ordinances were passed banning new burials within city limits, encouraging the development of new cemeteries in tural areas.
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.
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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