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Houston is home to the National Museum of Funeral History


“People come in with their own preconceived idea that ‘Oh my god, this is going to be morbid. It’s going to be scary. It’s going to be scary, but it’s not.’

HOUSTON – The exhibits are exactly what you would expect to find in the National Museum of Funeral Historybut the vibe in the 13,000 square foot facility is very unexpected.

“People come in with their own preconception that, ‘Oh, my god, this is going to be morbid. It’s gonna be scary. It’s gonna be scary,” said Genevieve Keeney Vazquez, the president of the museum. “But really, it’s not. It’s very enlightening. It’s very historical. It gives you insight into the different kinds of customs and rituals surrounding a funeral.”

These customs and rituals include hearses, caskets and coffins from all eras.

“You can kind of see how they’ve been built over the years,” Keeney Vazquez said.

There’s a lot to see in the museum, so if you don’t know where to start, try the treasure hunt. His questions will guide you through the museum.

“If you like to hunt stuff, then participating in the scavenger hunt is fun because you really have to read some of the text panels to find the answer,” Keeney Vazquez said.

A sample question: How many mourners could ride on the 1916 Packard funeral bus? (The answer, according to the bus text sign is 20.)

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“The Funeral Museum is an awesome neutral environment to broach the subject with your kids and learn about different kinds of customs and traditions,” Keeney Vazquez said. “The whole museum is family friendly.”

It opened in 1992, fulfilling the dream that Robert L. Waltrip had for 25 years. He wanted to keep the tools and trinkets of the funeral trade.

“They were practically ending up in the landfill, as was the history of our industry,” Keeney Vazquez said. “It was one of his visions to be able to preserve the rich history and heritage of our funeral industry.”

This story is now told through exhibits that cover everything from jazz funeral to embalming process what does the funeral look like for Pope and american presidents.

“We listen to our visitors. We love to hear their feedback and things they would like to know more about,” Keeney Vazquez said. “We are always evolving.”

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In fact, the museum has just opened a fundraising campaign present a new exhibition.

“The most famous burial of all time: the Shroud of Turin,” shared Keeney Vazquez.

As of October 1, a family haunted house will open in the museum and a Halloween Classic Car Show is scheduled for October 29.

“The parking lot will just be filled with cars from all eras and they’ll all be dressed up for Halloween,” Keeney Vazquez said, adding that kids should also dress up, as the event will include a chest or treat and a trick-or-treating contest. costumes “It’s a very fun and family-friendly event.”

You can learn more about the museum and its events here.