“largest collection of funeral service artifacts in the U.S.”
The National Museum of Funeral History houses the country's largest collection of funeral service artifacts and features renowned exhibits on one of man's oldest cultural customs. Come discover the mourning rituals of ancient civilizations, see up-close the authentic items used in the funerals of U.S. presidents and popes, and explore the rich heritage of the industry which cares for the dead. The National Museum of Funeral History was founded in 1992 by Mr. Robert L. Waltrip, who spent 25 years dreaming of an institution which would educate the public and preserve the heritage of death care. With over 35,500 sq. ft. of exhibition space, the Museum has since grown to become the largest educational center on funerary customs in the United States and perhaps the world.In 2005, the Museum began collaborating with the Vatican for what would become its hallmark exhibit, Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes. A collection of authentic items were acquired for display, including the Popemobile used by Pope John Paul II in 1982, original uniforms worn by The Swiss Guard (responsible for the Pope's personal security) and vestments from the tailor shop in Rome which has clothed the last seven Popes. A 10,500 sq. ft. expansion was carried out to accommodate the exhibit, which included premium sound and lighting, three-dimensional scenes and audio/visual multi-media presentations providing visitors with a true sense of attending a Pope's funeral. The exhibit was opened to the public in 2008.Today, the Museum continues in its mission to enlighten visitors on one of man's oldest cultural rituals and celebrate the rich history of funeral service.
This was a fascinating place to visit. It was beautiful, educational and haunting all at the same time. You can tell a lot of effort and knowledge went Into developing this establishment. My only complaint? In the celebrity area where they listed Janice Joplin's cause of death, they wrote "Heroine" overdose. As far as I know she was not killed by a female hero, but instead by the drug "Heroin". Always check your spelling, especially when you're an educational facility. Most importantly, however, we had a wonderful time visiting as a family.
Loved it! So interesting!
Not as fascinating as i tought before going... Dracula story is really nice!!
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National Museum of Funeral History
- Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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