Journey through time and learn how The History of Cremation unfolded at a new permanent exhibit now on display at the National Museum of Funeral History in North Houston.
The History of Cremation is a one-of-a-kind exhibit that guides viewers through a visual story of cremation in America.
Part of a joint project with the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), it examines the full-circle story of cremation, starting from its beginnings in 1876 Pennsylvania to a step-by-step demonstration of the modern cremation process.
Along the way, visitors will have a chance to view artifacts, historical booklets from crematories, and antique urns while discovering the seemingly endless possibilities for memorialization — including the creation of a diamond from cremated remains.
Filling in the Gaps
Cremation has become a prominent choice for consumers, eclipsing burial as the most popular death care option in 2016. This memorialization process has soared in popularity over the last 50 years. In the 1960s, just roughly four percent of Americans opted for cremation.
Even as it becomes more popular, the experts at the National Museum of Funeral History recognized that a general lack of knowledge still exists; about the process of cremation, its history, and the possibilities for memorialization.
With the help of Jason Engler, CANA’s official historian, the National Museum of Funeral History was able to obtain most of Engler’s personal collection of historical cremation items for The History of Cremation exhibit. The result of three years of efforts, the exhibit educates, illuminates, and celebrates a widely misunderstood industry.
About the National Museum of Funeral History
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. Visitors can discover the mourning rituals of ancient civilizations, see up-close the authentic items used in the funerals of U.S. presidents and of popes, and explore the rich heritage of the industry that cares for the dead.
The History of Cremation at the National Museum of Funeral History
- Dates: Opening Monday, September 17, 2018.
- Hours: Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm; Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday noon to 5pm
- Location: National Museum of Funeral History, 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, TX 77090
- Admission: $10 for ages 12+; $9 for ages 65+ and veterans; $7 for ages 6 to 11; free for ages 5 and under. Click here for more information.
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