Saturday, February 27, 2010

Finding the macabre in Houston!

Ok, so since I saw it featured in a copy of Texas Highways magazine... I have been (dying) itching to see it! Yep, The National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas.

The museum opened its doors in 1992. Mr. Robert L. Waltrip founded the Museum after 25 years of dreaming of an institution that would educate the public and preserve the rich heritage of the funeral industry. The size of a warehouse the museum offers unique exhibitions like...

Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes includes a full-scale replica of Pope John Paul II's crypt, an exact reproduction of the coffin used in the funerals of three previous Popes as well as replicas of other Papal vestments by the tailor shop that has made the vestments of the last seven Popes.

Other exhibits include Civil War Embalming (I trotted through that one quite fast, way to realistic...), a 1900 Casket Factory, Numerous Hearses and famous caskets (like the 3 person casket - ordered in 1930 by grieving parents planning their suicide pact after their young child's death - luckily they changed their mind)(or the Money Coffin - originally covered in $1000 worth of coins and notes, but sadly now only in $643 after someone stole a panel!), Fantasy Ghanaian coffins (ever wanted to be buried in a coffin shaped like a chicken?), etc...

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