Take in the journey of Popes through life, death and sainthood at the Celebrating the Lives & Deaths of Popes permanent exhibit at National Museum of Funeral History (NMFH)—part of our Explore the NMFH series.
In Celebrating the Lives & Deaths of Popes, visitors can experience the many stages of preparation and burial of a Pope and see exact replicas of Saint John Paul II’s original crypt, along with reproductions of the coffins used to bury three previous Popes. Visitors are transported into a Papal funeral complete with theatrical lighting, multimedia presentations and full-scale replicas of funeral settings inside the Vatican.
NMFH worked with the Vatican for over three years to create this permanent exhibit, and its latest additions chronicle the making of a Catholic saint. From beatification to canonization, visitors can learn about the Sainthood of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII through Papal artifacts and memorabilia obtained at great effort through the museum’s connections.
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.
Celebrating the Lives & Deaths of Popes 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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