Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Funeral Museum Houses Morbid Collection

HOUSTON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One morbid museum is teaching people the traditions behind death.

The National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas, has a wide collection of funeral memorabilia, embalming tools, caskets, and hearses from all over the world that span hundreds of years.

Among the treasured items at the museum is the hearse that drove Princess Grace of Monaco to her funeral, and a collection of 12 fantasy coffins from Ghana, where coffins are built to resemble objects that mattered to the deceased or that reflect their personality.

This includes a coffin shaped like a chicken which belonged to a mother who was very protective to her little kids, and a crab for a former fisherman.

But not everything in the museum has a whiff of death to it.

Spokesperson Genevieve Keeney says, “There’s no smell of incense or chemicals in the museum. Maybe at the embalming school, which is in the same building, but not here. It smells normal.”

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