Friday, June 4, 2010

Funeral History

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas. I just wanted to share my experience with others. To begin, it is in North Houston and you can simply see their website for directions. I had no trouble finding it. There are very few restaurants or other attractions at the exit so if you plan to visit go prepared.
There is a $10 fee to see the museum, although I think it is cheaper for seniors. The majority of the museum is a collection of carriage hearses. They are absolutely beautifully restored. What a treat. Some of them were horse drawn and others motorized. These are all displayed in a large room surrounded by several other exhibits, such as a 9/11 memorial and various types of coffins and my favorite, a life size recreation of a coffin maker's shop.
In addition, there was a papal funeral and burial exhibit, a presidential funeral and burial exhibit which was small, but well done. There was also a nice Victorian mourning exhibit as well as an embalming and civil war exhibit. They also had a room with some other cultures represented such as the Mexican Day of the Dead and a Japanese hearse and coffin.
I really enjoyed the museum. It was informative and fairly well organized. I would have liked to have seen it flow a little better and maybe more artifacts in place of photographs.
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