Free Father’s Day Hearse and Car Show at Reopening of El Paso Funeral Museum
Safety concerns during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the El Paso Funeral Museum to cancel all of its events last year, including the 2020 Hearse & Classic Car Show and Shine, but now that things are starting to get back to where they were before Covid the funeral museum is coming back to life with a grand reopening car show.
This Sunday, June 20, they’re going to put the FUN in FUNeral with the Hearse & Classic Car Show and Shine they weren’t able to hold last year.
The plan is to celebrate both their reopening and Father’s Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with food trucks, vendors, live entertainment, and some sweet rides – as well as a few last rides, if you know what I mean and I think you do. The El Paso Young Ghost Busters will have slime activities for the kids, and Royal Calaveritas will be conducting free tours of the museum.
The free family-friendly event is not going to be a somber occasion, is what I’m telling you. Any day above ground is a good one, so you might as well have a good time, amirite? Yes, even at a funeral museum inside a funeral home.
About the El Paso Funeral Museum
Located at 6111 S. Desert Blvd. inside Perches Funeral Home, this museum is arguably the most unique in town. The idea to start it came about after Sal Perches visited the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston. He returned from the trip inspired “to enlighten and educate [the] community on the funeral ritual across cultures worldwide,” as the “About” section on the El Paso Funeral Museum Facebook states.
Like other more traditional museums, the El Paso Funeral Museum has exhibits, memorabilia, oddities, artifacts and, yes, even a gift shop. They’re just all related to the culture of death and dying, and the funeral industry.
Among the displays is a refurbished horse-drawn hearse from the 1850s, which you can learn more about in the video below, and an exhibit dedicated to Día De los Muertos Altars.