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Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Museum of Funeral Customs

Let's just say that April & I are among the only people who do searches of towns we plan on visiting and get all squoozy inside at the thought of heading to a place called The Museum of Funeral Customs. That's probably among the many reasons we get along so well.

The museum is exactly what it sounds like. When you head out to Springfield, Illinois you are certain to encounter a whole lot of history. Old Abe Lincoln and his crazy antics are to be found everywhere within the city. Naturally you'd want to head out to Oak Ridge Cemetery to see Lincoln's tomb and the most excellent war memorials found within the cemetery. I can't recommend highly enough that you make a stop at The Museum of Funeral Customs, which is conveniently located at the entrance of Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Admission is very reasonable at $3.00 for adults and it is a self-guided tour. Inside you learn about things you likely never would have considered learning about before such as the history of embalming, funeral rites & customs throughout the ages, and all about proper mourning attire & mourning periods.

There are many extremely interesting and tasteful displays of various caskets and preparation rooms. You will find fascinating photos of funerals and wakes from around the world. Of course, there's a wealth of information about the preparation, transport, services, and interment of President Lincoln. All told, there's a lot of great things to see and enjoy in this museum.

How we deal with death seems to have a great correlation to how we deal with life. Our traditions and customs hold a mirror up to the way we live our lives today. Being in this museum does not at all reflect some morbid curiosity with death, but rather creates an appreciation for life and a greater understanding of death.

This is a MUST if you are in the Springfield area.

When we get our film back I'll be sure to post some snapshots for you. Until then please enjoy their website and these scans I made from their brochure.


Blogger sue said...

You never fail to amaze... you find the most obscure things to do. I love it!

7:36 AM

Blogger Amanda said...

I think that would be facinating! Have fun!

8:19 AM

Blogger Andy Land said...

April's mom has always said that if we were ever randomly dropped from an airplane (with parachutes, of course) anywhere in the world, April & I would find something interesting to do. I have to admit she's right.

Of course, with all the traveling I do and all the research April does about places to go we have a pretty good knowledge base in which to work. Finding these things certainly makes us look way more hip and cool than we probably are. ;)

9:59 AM

Blogger Roxy said...


3:47 PM

Blogger Bud said...

I used to hang out in a couple of different funeral hones as a kid. Friends. I collected weird friends. One of them, strangely, admitted to me that he would not sleep if there was a hollow tube connecting his room to the embalming room. I debated whether or not to point out the heating ducts. Decided to just leave him in his present state of stablilized madness. Later he took over his father's business and became a recluse.

10:03 AM

Blogger Andy Land said...

Very funny story, Bud.

9:42 PM


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