One of the crown attractions of NMFH, a collection of rare historical hearses dominate a prominent section of the museum, providing visitors a chance to see the often ornate and unusual four-wheeled vehicles that have carried countless lost loved ones to their final resting place.
The field of hearses offers insight into the evolution of funerary transportation, from the sleds and horse-drawn carriages of the 1800s, to 1930s Packards and presidential hearses that have carried Presidents Ford, Reagan, and Bush. Other highlights include a ceremonial Japanese hearse, the elegant Mercedes hearse that carried actress and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly, and beautifully hand-crafted wooden panels that adorn a 1920s-era motorized hearse.
More About the National Museum of Funeral History
Founded in 1992 and boasting America’s largest collection of authentic historical funeral service items in 17 permanent exhibits, the National Museum of Funeral History (NMFH) is an exploration of history, science, and culture.
Visitors can learn about hearses through history, caskets and coffins, plus the funerals of U.S. Presidents and Catholic Popes, celebrities and the history of embalming and cremation while you witness the cultural heritage of the funeral service industry and its time-honored tradition of compassion.
Open seven days a week, excluding major holidays, the museum is a testament to the cultural heritage of the funeral service industry and its time-honored tradition of compassion.
Historical Hearses at National Museum of Funeral History
- Days & Times: 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
- Phone: 281-876-3063
- Admission: Included with museum admission, which is $10 for ages 12 and older; $9 for ages 65 and up; $7 for ages 6 to 11; free for ages 5 and under. Order museum entry tickets in advance or learn more.
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