Although cremation has eclipsed traditional casket burials since 2016, many people still have misconceptions and questions about the cremation process.
In partnership with the Cremation Association of North America, NMFH seeks to address those issues with the History of Cremation exhibit, which chronicles cremation from its beginnings in Pennsylvania in 1876 while demonstrating the step-by-step modern cremation process.
The exhibit highlights endless ways to memorialize the deceased—including through jewelry and paintings—and features a beautiful display of urns and burial objects, offering visitors newfound knowledge and respect for the process of cremation.
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.
The History of Cremation 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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