Explore the NMFH: Presidential Funerals

Artifacts and casket recreations flank the Presidential Funerals exhibition at NMFH | Courtesy of National Museum of Funeral History

Peer into the past through artifacts and original items at the Presidential Funerals exhibit at National Museum of Funeral History (NMFH)—part of our Explore the NMFH series.

The death of a United States president is often a major moment in the country’s history, and National Museum of Funeral History marks these occasions with a signature exhibition that explores the rituals, processions and mementos of these somber affairs.

Thanks to the efforts of NMFH Chairman Robert Boetticher (who personally directed the funerals of multiple presidents), the museum has gathered an extensive collection of artifacts and original items that were used in the funerals of past presidents, from the full-scale recreation of Abraham Lincoln lying in repose (complete with a lock of his hair and other tokens) to the Cadillac hearse that carried the bodies of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.

Explore or learn more about the Presidential Funerals 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.

Presidential Funerals 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.

The funerary transport for past presidents at NMFH | Photo: Justin Jerkins/365Houston

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