There are museums in our country that are made to preserve objects of great significance, such as dinosaur bones and art. There also exists a different type of museum for those who wish to have Halloween all year round. From severed heads to creepy dummies, these museums contain things that are generally horrifying to the public. If you are someone who enjoys spending time around morbid or haunted dolls, books bound in human skin, and other weird and gross stuff, then this list will be the perfect guide to your next vacation.
1. Museum of Death | Los Angeles, California
The Museum of Death is exactly what it sounds like. Founded in June, 1995, by J. D. Healy and Catherine Shultz, the museum in Hollywood contains morbid artwork by famous serial killers in history. Apart from creepy artwork by murderers, the museum contains clothing from the dead cult members of the infamous Heaven’s Gate and coffins galore; among other things. Visitors can also take a peek at a severed head that belonged to the notorious French serial killer Henri Landru, who was guillotined in 1922.
If that does not fill your appetite for the day, you can still stroll through the museum to watch crime scene photos of the Manson Family murders and even an autopsy video. Another Museum of Death was recently opened in New Orleans that contains skin-crawling items.
2. Vent Haven Museum | Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
If you are afraid of dolls (especially the creepy ones), then you might want to steer clear of this museum. The Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, houses the world’s largest collection of ventriloquist dummies. Founded by William Shakespeare Berger (1878 – 1972), the museum was dedicated to collecting rare dummies. Today, this weird museum contains more than 900 incredibly rare dummies, all disturbingly organized and displayed for your viewing pleasure.
3. National Museum of Funeral History | Houston, Texas
The National Museum of Funeral History opened in 1992 by visionary undertaker Robert L. Waltrip. Inside its walls contains one-of-a-kind coffins as far as you can see. There are many coffins on display which are truly unique. One of the coffins exhibited is embedded with hundreds of dollars of U.S. coins and currency. There is also a casket built for three, pictured above, which was made in the 1930’s for a married couple in Durango, Colorado. The couple had intended to kill themselves after their baby died. When the couple decided to not go through with their plan, the coffin ended up here at the museum.
4. Museum of Shadows | Plattsmouth, Nebraska
The Museum of Shadows in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, gives its visitors a creepy feeling, with its eerie background tracks and stale air. The museum is supposedly filled with haunted items, and the building itself is even believed to be haunted. Upon entering, visitors must sign a waiver stating that they will not take pictures or videos without permission. The visitor also waives his/her rights to sue for any bodily or psychological harm that could occur.
Once the formal procedure is completed, you can begin perusing the museum. Odd items are fixed to the walls and each of those items comes with a creepy backstory. Though there are many things within the walls of the museum that will give you chills, visitors say that the creepiest of them all is a doll named Ayda.
Ayda is said to have come from an anonymous donor. Legend has it that Ayda was thrown away by her owners but she crawled back to them. They threw the doll away once again, only for it to return to them the next night. The owners then decided to donate the doll to the museum, where it is quarantined in a glass fixture.
5. Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum | Fall River, Massachusetts
You might be familiar with the Borden family murders. On August 4th, 1892, Andrew Borden and his wife Abby Borden were found brutally murdered in their home. They were found with massive blows to the head by a hatchet. Lizzie Borden, the youngest daughter, was the one who find their bodies. She was also considered by authorities to be the main suspect of the crime. Besides being the first to find the bodies, Lizzie claimed that she was asleep while the the murders took place and heard nothing. Many believed that she was in fact the murderer, since she had emotional incentives to kill her father and stepmother. When she was put on trial, however, the jury found her not guilty and she was acquitted.
The Borden house on 92 Second Street, now more than a 100 years later, is an overnight museum, complete with gruesome crime scene photos decorating the respective rooms in which each body was found. It also offers a unique dining experience for its guests to celebrate making it out alive.
6. Glore Psychiatric Museum | St. Joseph, Missouri
Located in St. Joseph, Missouri, the Glore Psychiatric Museum has exhibits showing how insane treatments were back in the days. Those who were deemed mentally ill were burned, shocked, shackled, kicked, dunked, punctured and even killed in an effort to make them well. An introductory video shows what early physicians did to cure dangerous lunatics in asylums. Visitors can find life-size replicas of antiquated mental health treatment equipment and the archaic methods used to subdue patients.
7. Morbid Anatomy Museum | Brooklyn, New York
If you ever dreamed of having a cup of coffee next to some taxidermied creatures, then this is the right place for you. The Morbid Anatomy Museum opened in 2014 in a neighborhood filled with coffee shops and other businesses. The museum hosts quirky exhibits on topics like early 20th-century stage magic and 19th-century anatomical wax models.
8. The House on the Rock | Spring Green, Wisconsin
The House on the Rock has been a majestic structure for more than 60 years. The architectural gem came to light when a man named Alex Jordan had the vision to build a man-made retreat as awe-inspiring as the view from the rock upon which the house would eventually be built. Once it was filled with guests who visited to play golf and enjoy the chilling pools. Today, this gigantic architecture is filled with dark and dusty rooms to scare its visitors. The museum has rotting mannequins as well as a 200-foot sea monster, which is one of the main attractions.
9. The Mütter Museum | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Mütter Museum is considered to be America’s finest museum of medical history. The museum displays beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models and medical instruments. The aim of the museum is to give the public an insight into the mysteries and beauty of the human body. It is also meant to provide understanding and appreciation to the history of diagnosis and treatment of diseases. It’s a popular destination for people from all over the country with an annual attendance of at least 130,000 visitors.