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Lives and Deaths of the Popes--Houston exhibit

Let your fingers do the walking--get directions to the first ever, Papal exhibit outside the Vatican headquartered here in Houston. The National Museum of Funeral History located in Houston, Texas is host to Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes, a wonderful exhibit celebrating over 2000 years of funeral and buriel experiences of the Popes of the Catholic Church.

Visitors to the museum are allowed to experience the many stages and preparations for funeral services and buriel of a Pope. Encompassing over 5,000 sq. ft., the exhibit features authentic uniforms worn by The Swiss Guard who are responsible for the personal security of the Vatican. Highlighted are the actual Popemobile used by Blessed Pope John Paul II during his visit to the United Kingdom in 1982 and a full-scale replica of his crypt.

Visitors are able to view many photographs of funerals of actual Pontiffs supplied by the Vatican along with recreations of items placed in their coffins.

Featured also are audio and multi-media presentations to provide visitors with the realisim of attending a Pope's funeral.

It took three years of collaboration between the Vatican and the National Museum of Funeral History to put this exhibit together.




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