About The Museum

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.

The Problem

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.

“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.”

– Bob Boetticher, President, National Museum of Funeral History

The Solution

“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.”



The picture shows the Acuity-vct motion detection system 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.

The Vatican Collection


This exhibit is a product of three years of intense collaboration between the Vatican and the National Museum of Funeral History. The collection includes a full-scale replica of Pope John Paul II’s crypt, exact reproduction of the coffin used in funerals of the three previous Popes, and the actual Popemobile used by Pope John Paul II during his visit to the United Kingdom in 1982.