It's bigger than we thought--30,500 square feet of exhibits--everything from how the Egyptians, the "first" embalmers, did their burials...to later embalming methods....This picture of Ramses the Great shows the Egyptians highly skilled embalming methods...Sorry to hit you with the macabre so early in the blog! Such an interesting society!
There was a HUGE exhibit of the Lives and Deaths of the Popes....the actual Popemobile used by Pope John Paul II is there on display. Huge rooms devoted to actual scenes of a pope's preparation for death, the voting of a new pope, how his coffin is made room after room and scene after scene with beautiful music to accompany your viewing....This portion of the museum was larger than any other part of the museum.
There is a wonderful collection of hearses from an 1832 horse drawn hearse to modern day ones used for American presidents. The hearses were fantastic and beautiful...This one was German, used in 1860.
We liked the 1921 Rockfalls hearse made of six different kinds of wood and which was used in part of presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Regan's funerals.
Another enjoyable section was "Funerals of the Famous"....lots of artifacts and information displayed about stars, sports figures and political people. Sparky enjoyed guessing the epitaphs of the rich and famous on an interactive large screen display.....
There was a great story about one of the Munchkins folks that starred in the Wizard of Oz...he went on to tour the country in the Wienermobile--that iconic Oscar Mayer sausage shaped car..remember the Oscar Mayer wiener whistles?
There are some really interesting coffins on display....a money casket....
A coffin for three...an interesting story behind that involving a family murder involving a child and suicide pact...now THAT was morbid!
After seeing all these things, and all the black hearses, Sparky was starting to feel like a basket case...
Cost of admission: 9.00 for seniors...not bad....We enjoyed our visit today to the Museum of Funeral History and highly recommend it BUT-- only if you are in good spirits--heh, heh, heh!
|One of many ornately carved hearses on display|