Opened : 1992
Address : 415 Barren Springs Dr, Houston, TX 77090, United States
Timings : 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Monday- Friday), 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Saturday), 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Sunday)
Admission Fee : USD 10 (adults), USD 9 (ages 55 and above, Veterans), USD 7 (ages 6 to 11), Usd 8 (SCI members with ID badge/ business card), Free (ages 5 and under)
Exhibitions : The History of Cremation, 19th Century Mourning, Presidential Funerals, History of Embalming, The Making of a Saint, Historical Hearses etc.
Items Sold at the Shop : DVDs, jewellery, mugs, novelty, caps, books, crosses and angels, apparel etc.
Spanning over an area of 35,000 square feet, the National Museum of Funeral History that opened in 1992, houses a variety of funeral service artefacts, relics as well as exhibits that provide information on the various aspects of death care. The exhibits and collections focus on particular funeral traditions with respect to a culture or country (such as cremation), elaborate on the use of various objects during funerals, pay tribute to several historical figures or emphasise on certain tragic events.
Interestingly, the museum had worked with the Vatican when curating the Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes exhibit, to educate people about the different papal funeral ceremonies. The museum is also known to host a plethora of educational programs for adults, students and educators that focus on aspects of funerals related to biology, culture and social practices, chemistry, history, craftmanship of artefacts, vehicles, language etc.