Explore the NMFH: Thanks for the Memories

Kobe Bryant & Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant tribute in the Thanks for the Memories exhibit at the NMFH | Photo courtesy of National Museum of National History

Peruse through tributes and funeral memorabilia from some of the world’s most well-known celebrities at the Thanks for the Memories exhibit at National Museum of Funeral History (NMFH)—part of our Explore the NMFH series.

At this one-of-a-kind exhibit at National Museum of Funeral History, visitors get a peek inside the funerals of beloved celebrities and figures from around the world. Through authentic printed memorial folders and memorabilia, visitors can learn about the funerals and burials of Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, Frank Sinatra, Jim Henson, Whitney Houston, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, and many others.

Some of the remarkable artifacts to be found include boots worn by Robin Williams in the film RV, and a glass-paneled coffin made to look like the one featured in Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Guests can also find out how to fly their own ashes into space, practice writing their epitaph, and reawaken memories of their favorite celebrities through touching tributes, newspaper clippings, and more.

Explore or learn more about the Thanks for the Memories 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.

Thanks for the Memories 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.

Take in mementos from the funerals of beloved celebrities at NMFH | Photo: Justin Jerkins/365Houston

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