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Heaton-Bowman-Smith Funeral Museum

3609 Frederick Ave, Saint Joseph, MO 64506-3033
+1 816-232-3355
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An Unexpected Find!

For anyone interested in end-of -life practices and history, this small room is packed with unique... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2017
Joan A
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Roeland Park, KS, a KC suburb
Intriguing in ways one might not expect.

If you're curious about funerary practices from the past (and present), with a bit of history... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2016
Deawn C
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By way of chronicling the history of this funeral home, the museum chronicles the history of undertaking in general.
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“casket” (4 reviews)
“macabre” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 18:00
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3609 Frederick Ave, Saint Joseph, MO 64506-3033
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+1 816-232-3355
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

For anyone interested in end-of -life practices and history, this small room is packed with unique items you will not find anywhere else. Various caskets, as well as funeral bills from a decade ago, photos, and other pieces of funeral home history that are quite...More

1  Thank Joan A
Reviewed 1 November 2016

If you're curious about funerary practices from the past (and present), with a bit of history thrown in, check this little gem out. Not just for the macabre, this place will appeal to those with an interest in antiques, as well. I would definitely recommend...More

1  Thank Deawn C
Reviewed 16 September 2015

This room inside of the Heaton-Bowman-Smith Funeral Home has really nice coffins and caskets dating from the late 1800s to more modern times. It has Jesse James' casket that was used to deliver him to the funeral parlor and many other beautiful old coffins. It's...More

2  Thank Tania M
Reviewed 10 July 2015

We are local and I never knew this existed until we attended a funeral at this location. It was actually pretty interesting. They have artifacts (burial items, caskets) that are pretty neat to see. It's not a large area, just a room, but free. If...More

1  Thank JennHugs
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Fantastic funeral museum is FREE! Jesse James' Corpse' basket from 1882 and various caskets used through the ages are there. Interesting newspapers articles and photos of earlier times makes you appreciate how we embalm bodies today. The staff is personable, knowledgeable, and answered all our...More

1  Thank EnjoyedVisit
Reviewed 24 January 2013

Heaton-Bowman-Smith Funeral home as been our family mortuary for many years. it was interesting to find the funeral museum when we were there for my father's funeral. I am an RN and find funeral homes and cemeteries interesting. This has many items that show you...More

3  Thank JudyH432
Reviewed 8 April 2012

You can see the basket they carried Jesse James's body in to the undertaker, which was a predecessor of this firm. Many old coffins, cooling boards (!), photos, newspapers, and other memorabilia of the city's most notorious outlaw are housed here. Please note: this collection...More

1  Thank effex
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