Explore the NMFH: Celebrating the Lives & Deaths of Popes

Learn about the lives, deaths and sainthood of Popes at NMFH | Courtesy of National Museum of Funeral History

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.

Explore or learn more about Celebrating the Lives & Deaths of Popes 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.

Celebrating the Lives & Deaths of Popes 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.

Step through replicas of Papal funerary customs at NMFH | Courtesy of National Museum of Funeral History

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