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Heaton-Bowman-Smith Funeral Museum

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Address: 3609 Frederick Ave, Saint Joseph, MO 64506-3033
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+1 816-232-3355
09:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 18:00

By way of chronicling the history of this funeral home, the museum...

By way of chronicling the history of this funeral home, the museum chronicles the history of undertaking in general.

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An Unexpected Find!

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... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2017
Joan A
Roeland Park, KS, a KC suburb
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Roeland Park, KS, a KC suburb
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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 interesting. Most pieces have a small laminated sheet of information providing more background. Definitely not... More 

Thank Joan A
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 31 October 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 a visit!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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 simple but at the same time very interesting, and an added bonus is that it... More 

1 Thank Tania M
Saint Joseph, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 you are interested in the history it's a nice stop. Not too far from some... More 

1 Thank JennHugs
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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 questions. After you visit the Jesse James' house go to the funeral museum.

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San Jose
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 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 a picture of an earlier time. It has the transfer basket that carried Jesse James... More 

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Springfield, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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 is housed in a working funeral parlor. Please be respectful of the grieving families in... More 

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