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“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.
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT HERE!!! One of the best museums I have ever been to. Very interesting and unique concept with a multitude of exhibits. 10/10 experience at a great price point. Free parking... Read more
I love horror and all things spooky so I was super excited to visit this Museum. While death can certainly be those things, I actually found that they made it less "spooky" and much more... Read more
Well not really knowing what to expect from a Museum such as this we thought why not give it a shot especially considering the admission is only $10. There are many exhibits such as Presidential... Read more
National Museum of Funeral History
- Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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