Monday, March 23, 2015

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Focus on De Nieuwe Ooster Cemetery:  Amsterdam's New Eastern Cemetery is not so new anymore. In fact, it has been around so long, it's now the largest in the country in terms of number of graves. Perhaps that makes it a fitting place for the Dutch Funeral Museum. In one of the four exhibit halls are seven coffins which contain paraphernalia used in funerary rituals by different religions practiced in the Netherlands. The one shown is filled with Roman Catholic artifacts. Guess what religions the other coffins represent (and remember that until recently, the Dutch had a global empire). One of the other halls in the museum has models and pictures of hearses. Does anyone know of other museums like this? [2015]

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