15 of the Spookiest, Creepiest Museums Ever
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Jack the Ripper Museum, London, England
Jack stalked his victims through darkened streets and winding alleyways. Keep that in mind when you leave the Jack the Ripper Museum and walk home alone.
The Mutter Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
There’s the Soap Lady, for example, a woman whose body was exhumed in 1875. She’s encased in a fatty substance which sometimes forms in certain alkaline, airless and warm conditions—such as being buried. It’s thought that she died during a yellow fever epidemic, which is frightening enough. But it’s her toothless mouth, open as if she’s screaming, that’s the most disturbing. Other exhibits feature instruments used for bleeding patients, removing excess bodily fluids, slides cut from Einstein's brain and more. The excellent museum has significant educational and historical value. It’s also pretty creepy.
Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, Drumnadrochit Scotland
Unsightly remains of some kind of creature washed up on the shores of Loch Ness earlier this year. But they look pretty suspicious, so the search goes on.
The Mothman Museum, Point Pleasant, W.V.
Is the large, man-like creature with wings and red eyes a myth, legend, or a real monster? Since 1966, witnesses have claimed they've seen the Mothman. Whatever he is—or was—he inspired a book about his threatening appearances in 1975, and a supernatural/horror movie, The Mothman Prophecies, in 2002.
Visitors to the Mothman Museum can view documents written by eyewitnesses as well as photos of West Virginia's Silver Bridge, which collapsed under rush-hour traffic and killed 46 people; many people linked the bridge disaster to the reported sightings.
Before you leave, make a selfie with the 12-foot-tall, stainless steel Mothman statue standing next to the museum. It already has red eyes, so you won’t have to worry about a reflection from your flash.
International Cryptozoology Museum, Portland, Maine
Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures, Paris, France
Museum of The Mummies, Guanajuato, Mexico
Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, N.Y.
This October, the museum will host a mind reader, a lecturer debating whether absinthe is a “divine spirit or a sinful fiend,” and, on Halloween, a beginners' entomology workshop. The day before, Oct. 29, the museum will present an anthropomorphic mouse taxidermy class. We bet visitors are dying to come.
Museum of Death, Hollywood California and New Orleans, Louisiana
The Salem Witch Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
At the museum itself, look for documents from the trials and life-size sets and figures illuminated by atmospheric lightning. A spine-tingling narrative takes you through the timeline of events. The Salem Witch Museum offers “haunted happenings” each Halloween, and you can stay until its extended closing time, at midnight, this October 28, 29 and 31. If you're not afraid, that is.
Edgar Allan Poe Museum, Richmond, Virginia
Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, Fall River, Massachusetts
No? Well, maybe a day tour wouldn’t be as chilling.
Located about 50 miles south of Boston, the former home of the Bordens now allows guests to book overnight and stay for breakfast the next morning. We hear you can even request the same (last) meal the Bordens ate. The house is now outfitted with ghost cams to capture paranormal activity. Some visitors have reported strange happenings, like camera malfunctions, or the feeling that someone is sitting on the edge of the beds at night.
Lizzie was tried and ultimately acquitted for the deaths; her peers must have found it hard to believe that a woman in that era would wield a hatchet or axe against her own relatives. She spent the rest of her life in Fall River, although the townspeople continued to gossip about her—an unkind cut, indeed.
Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscasatle, Cornwall, U.K.
Glore Psychiatric Museum, St. Joseph, Missouri
The museum, founded in 1874 as St. Joseph’s State Lunatic Asylum No. 2, is arguably the best place in the U.S. to see how mental health care has evolved. An inactive blog about the museum still invites visitors to “psych out.”