The National Museum of Funeral History

415 Barren Springs Dr Houston

Houston's Hidden Gems/The National Museum of Funeral History
Written By VAMONDE Houston

Created in 1992, this museum honors the history of compassion and dedication provided by the funeral services industry. It curates an educational experience about the items and practices that have been monumental in honoring our dead across a variety of cultures.

The museum is the culmination of Robert L. Waltrip’s lifelong dream to educate the public on the history of death care. One of Houston's most prominent funeral directors, Waltrip opened a 20,500 sq. ft. facility that holds a variety of artifacts ranging from presidential hearses to tools used in Egyptian embalming.

There are currently 15 permanent exhibits, including ones about coffins and caskets, cremation, and memorial displays. Its largest exhibit is a special collaboration with the Vatican called, "The Lives and Deaths of the Popes." Items range from the Saintmobile to uniforms of the Swiss Guard.

The funeral industry has a long cultural history

Post photo by Robert Kimberly via Flickr.

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