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Springfield, Illinois

Museum of Funeral Customs

The history of funerals and funerary customs. 

Sorry, Museum of Funeral Customs is permanently closed.

Near the Oak Ridge Cemetery, the second most visited cemetery in the United States and the site of Abraham Lincoln’s tomb, lies the Springfield Museum of Funeral Customs. The museum houses a bizarre collection aimed at educating visitors about the history of funeral customs and practices in the United States, with a special emphasis on the 1800s and Lincoln.

The museum’s collection features a handful of beautiful replicas, including the caskets of Lincoln, Kennedy and Nixon as well as a home funeral from the 1870s and an embalming room from the 1920s. Other exhibits include horse-drawn hearses, clothing, jewelry, instruments, photography and of course, a wide variety of caskets and coffins.

The museum closed in 2010.