Museum of Funeral Customs is located at 1440 Monument Ave. in Springfield, Illinois, USA and features exhibits dealing with American funerary and mourning customs. And it is located near Oak Ridge Cemetery, the site of Abraham Lincoln's tomb.
Exhibitions at the museum include a re-created 1920s embalming room; coffins and funeral paraphernalia from various cultures and times; examples of post-mortem photography; and a scale model of Lincoln's funeral train.
There tours and special events are held, and the museum provides resources to scholars who are researching funeral customs. You may buy books and funeral-related gifts, including coffin-shaped keychains and chocolates at gift shop.
There are great places to visit when planning a family outing, every now and then it's nice to do something totally different, go somewhere that we've never been, visit an attraction that is perhaps not that well known. And the Museum of Funeral Customs is just that type of place!
The museum will provide you with a deeper understanding of American funeral and mourning customs. You will have an opportunity to examine the ethnic, cultural, social, legal, and economic history of the funeral profession and mourning customs in America during the period from the early Republic to the present time and to learn from the experience.
You may see at the museum:
■ Re-created 1920s "Operating" or Embalming Room
■ Re-created Middle-class American Home Funeral Setting
■ Horse-drawn Hearses that show City and Rural Funeral Service
■ Embalming Equipment and Instruments
■ Caskets and Coffins that Represent Changing Tastes and Designs
■ Portable Funeral Equipment
■ Chapel Equipment and Furnishings
■ Examples of Post-mortem Photography
■ Full-sized Reproduction of Abraham Lincoln's Coffin
■ Scale Model of Lincoln's Railroad Coach and Chicago Funeral Arch
■ Scale Model of the Lincoln Tomb
■ Articles of Mourning Clothing, Jewelry, and Adornment
■ Fraternal Mourning Badges
■ Rare Books on Embalming Dating as Early as the 16th Century
■ Trade Catalogues and Publications
■ And Other Temporary Exhibits
Opening Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. through 4:00 p.m.
It is closed on Mondays and holidays.
Museum of Funeral Customs
1440 Monument Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62702
Phone: (217) 544-3480