The term sepulchral culture derives from the Latin sepulcrum and means grave, burial place and includes all cultural phenomena in connection with dying, death, burying, mourning and remembering: graves, coffins, burial rites and customs, but also works of contemporary artists. Thus, it can be understood in the broadest sense also as mourning and burial culture.
The Sepulchral culture reflects the cultural status, the religious attitude, the relationship to history and nature, the social attitude as well as the artistic and handicraft level of an epoch. No other word encompasses this field as completely as the term Sepulchral culture, for which initiators have an important reason to name the institute and museum as such.
The Museum of Sepulchral Culture
The world's first museum for sepulchral culture was opened in Kassel on 24 January 1992. It was built on the site of the former Henschel villa on the vineyard, including the listed Remisen building (1903) and extended by a modern wing made of concrete and glass. The merging of the old and new buildings has developed into an exciting overall complex. The design comes from the Munich architect Wilhelm Kücker.