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The National Museum of Funeral History opened its doors on the evening of October 18, 1992 . Mr. Robert L. Waltrip founded the Museum after 25 years of dreaming of an institution that would educate the public and preserve the rich heritage of the funeral industry. With over 35,500 square feet of exhibition space the NMFH is the largest educational center on Funeral Heritage in the United States and perhaps the world. The museums goal is to continue to preserve and expand it's one of a kind collection.

Why The National Museum of Funeral History implemented the Acuity-vct Video Capture System

In 2008, The NMFH opened a new exhibit called Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes. Many of the items on display came directly from the Vatican in Rome and were of immense value and historical significance.

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The collection includes a full-scale replica of Pope John Paul II's crypt, an exact reproduction of the coffin used in the funerals of three previous Popes as well as replicas of other Papal vestments by the tailor shop that has made the vestments of the last seven Popes.

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Also included are two authentic uniforms worn by members of The Swiss Guard responsible for the Pope's personal security and protection of the Vatican , as well as the actual Popemobile used by Pope John Paul II during his visit to the United Kingdom in 1982.


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Rounding out the exhibit are photographs of the funerals of different Pontiffs supplied by the Vatican , along with exact recreations of items placed in their coffins. Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes features multi-media presentations to provide visitors with a true sense of attending a Pope's funeral. This exhibit is a product of three years of intense collaboration between the Vatican and the National Museum of Funeral History. The museum also completed a 10,500 sq. ft. expansion to its existing building to accommodate the exhibit.


Bob Boetticher the President of NMFH set out to find a state of the art security system to protect this priceless collection.

“Our goal was to find a security solution which would totally protect the Vatican exhibit while allowing our guests to get very close and truly experience each item. This was quite a challenge. The Acuity-vct electronic security guards use surveillance cameras to continually watch our entire collection and provide audible alerts if a visitor gets too close to any item. In addition, our security staff receives immediate notification via a paging system completing the protection of the exhibit. Overnight our security has gone from the Stone Age to the Space Age.”

Bob Boetticher – President, National Museum of Funeral History


The pictures below shows the Acuity-vct Analytics protection highlighted in blue. When a protection zone is breached, an audible and/or visual alarm is activated, and the museums central and floor level security staff is instantly notified via page, email, or any other requested means.




National Museum of Funeral History items protected with the Acuity-vct Analytics software.