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The museum of world funeral culture


Novosibirsk Oblast
Novosibirsk oblast, a settlement Sunrise, St. Voentorgovsky, 4/16
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Museum of World Funeral Culture or Museum of Death in Novosibirsk is the only Russian private museum of its kind.

Two buildings of the Museum are open for public and host the unique expositions and exhibits from ancient times to Victorian era and up to modern funeral traditions of XX-XXI centuries – embalming and autopsy, post-mortem photography, funeral processions, horse-drawn hearses, farewell ceremonies, old cemeteries, world history of cremation, mourning dresses and fashion appear in realistic interiors and authentic set up. The newly opened hall of the Museum presents exposition of funeral customs of Egypt and Africa, India and Islam world, pagan and Christian cemeteries.

Special section displays funeral artifacts of the Soviet years, the funerals of Lenin with a copy of the Lenin's body in Mausoleum sarcophagus, replica of Stalin's coffin, replicas of coffins and funeral attributes of the Pope John Paul II, Russian Patriarch Alexis II, President Eltsine, crazy coffins from Ghana and more.

The Museum boasts unique collection of over 10 000 engravings and prints with funeral motifs from all parts of the world, fantastic collection of sympathy and memorial postcards, the largest collection of funeral cars scale models and horse-carriages, as well as real funeral cars of various times, over 200 mourning dresses of several centuries and much more.

Sections of the Museum's Exposition

History of world funeral traditions and mourning culture from ancient to modern times
Victorian mourning traditions and history
Mythology and superstition, desacralization of death
Funerals in Russia and abroad. Attributes of funeral services
Death and morning in arts
Mourning and funeral music
Numismatics, philately
Horse-drawn carriages and hearses; collection of scale models hearses from all over the world
World mourning fashion (mourning dresses, jewellry, accessories)
History of Embalming and mortuary cosmetics
Santa Muerte, Mexican Cult of Death
History of cremation
Death masks of famous people
Orthodox, Catholic, Islam, Buddhist, Jewish funeral traditions
History of World war II in installations and artifacts
Postcards of the World war I period
Dance of Death art
Post-mortem photography

Interesting Facts

The Museum of world funerary culture is the only Museum of this kind in Russia. The Museum complex is located in the Park of memory of the Novosibirsk crematorium. The Museum is a member of the international Association of museums of death and is included in the UNESCO world heritage of funeral culture program.