Explore the NMFH: Historical Hearses

Ornate hand-carved hearses highlight some of the rare collection on display at NMFH | Courtesy of National Museum of Funeral History

Take a ride through the evolution of rare and ornate historical hearses at the National Museum of Funeral History (NMFH)—part of our Explore the NMFH series.

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.

Explore or learn more about the Historical Hearses permanent exhibit, plan your in-person visit, or take a virtual tour.

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.

Explore and learn more about the National Museum of Funeral History, plan your in-person visit, or take a virtual tour.

Historical Hearses at National Museum of Funeral History

Learn about the National Museum of Funeral History in our eight-part series highlighting some of visitors’ favorite exhibits in the museum’s permanent collection.

A field of hearses takes you through the history of funerary transportation | Courtesy of National Museum of Funeral History

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