Presidential Funerals

The Museum brings together artifacts and original items used in the state funeral and burial services of some of America's greatest presidents.

Presidential Funerals features the authentic bill from George Washington's funeral, the original eternal flame from John F. Kennedy's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery, and ammo from the 21-gun salute at the interment service of Gerald Ford in 2006. A full-scale recreation of Abraham Lincoln lying in repose is also on view, along with an authentic mourning badge worn by a guest at his funeral in 1865. Photo galleries of presidential funeral services and original news reports taken from the Museum's archives provide a historical perspective on the chain of events set in motion upon the death of a US president.

Visit the photo gallery to view more of the exhibit's highlights.