Dive into the visual timeline of an ancient method of memorializing the dead with The History of Cremation at the National Museum of Funeral History in North Houston.
In partnership with the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), The History of Cremation offers visitors a chance to view artifacts, historical documents from crematories, and antique urns while journeying through a visual chronology of an increasingly popular method of memorializing late loved ones.
Since opening in 2018, The History of Cremation has helped guide visitors to the National Museum of Funeral History in exploring the seemingly endless ways of memorialization—including the creation of a diamond from cremated remains.
Filling in the Gaps
Soaring in popularity over the last 50 years, cremation hit a milestone in 2016 as it eclipsed burial as the most popular death care option.
Despite that popularity, there appears to be a general lack of knowledge about the process of cremation, its history, and the possibilities for memorialization.
National Museum of Funeral History hopes to fill those knowledge gaps with The History of Cremation, a result of three years of efforts to educate, illuminate, and celebrate 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
- 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 55+ and veterans; $7 for ages 6 to 11; free for ages 5 and under. Click here for more information.
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