The Five Creepiest Museums on Earth

If you’re one of those people with a strong heart, looking to get some thrills out of visiting a museum, you are going to love these macabre places. Dissected bodies soaking in formaldehyde, haunted objects and spooky ventriloquist-dolls, these creepy museums have them all.

5. John Zaffis Paranormal Museum

People interested in the paranormal believe spirits can end up possessing objects, through witchcraft or other occult practices. As an active member of the paranormal community, for the past 30 years, John Zaffis has been collecting these objects and put them on display for the world to see.

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The items’ appearance is not particularly scary, but the stories associated with them will send cold shivers down your spine. Most of the hundreds of haunted objects found at the Paranormal Museum have been retrieved from peoples’ homes, following strange, negative phenomena. Zaffis says some of the objects still retain some of their spiritual power, and sometimes people experience strange feeling when entering the museum.

4. Mütter Museum

One of the most disturbing places in North America, the Mütter Museum is definitely not a place for the faint-hearted. Most visitors describe it as creepy, morbid, cool, strange or gross, but the most important thing is none of them forget their experience. The strange museum, located in Philadelphia, houses one of the greatest anatomical and pathological collections in the world.

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Founded by Dr. Dent Mutter, who managed to piece together a collection of over 1,700 items throughout his career, the Mutter Museum features some of the weirdest exhibits you could find in a museum. The Soap Lady, an obese woman whose fat condensed into pure soap and the Eye Wall of Shame, a display of wax models depicting horrific eye injuries, are the Mutter’s most popular exhibits. If these aren’t enough to satisfy your bizarre cravings, you can also admire 900 fluid-preserved specimens and 139 human skulls.

3. Monaco National Museum: Automatons and Dolls of Yesteryear

A small paradise for doll collectors, the dolls and automatons exhibit at the Monaco National can seriously give ordinary people the creeps. The thousands of dolls housed at the Monaco National Museum were collected by Madame Madeleine de Galea, during the 19th century. She had gathered so many of them, that at one point her mansion was no longer large enough and she had to buy the house next-door for extra space.

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If being surrounded by an army of spooky, white dolls isn’t enough to freak you out, maybe the fact that some of them actually breathe, sigh, play the piano and read books, will do the trick.

2. Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum

Do you find ventriloquist dolls creepy? If your answer is yes, you may want to stay as far away from the Vent Haven Museum, in Kentucky. Don’t be surprised if you hear spooky voices and see some of dolls’ mouths moving, after all these little guys used to talk for hours, and now just sit quietly in silence. Many of the visitors often freak out about the ventriloquist dummies staring at them, and to tell you the truth, I don’t blame them. Ignoring 1,000 creepy eyes, all looking at you, can be pretty difficult.


Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum, known also as one of the strangest museums in the world, is the legacy of W.S. Berger, a businessman who fell in love with ventriloquism after watching a show, in the early 1900s. He dedicated his life to collecting ventriloquist dolls and memorabilia, and succeeded in gathering 500 dummies and thousands of items. Vent Haven also hosts and sponsors an annual ventriloquist convention, if you want to see the little guys in action.

1. Bangkok Forensic Museum

You could say we’ve kept the “best” for last. With bodies of some of Thailand’s most dangerous criminals preserved in paraffin and set on display, Bangkok’s Forensic Museum is by far the creepiest and freakiest museum in the world. Located inside Siriraj Hospital, the Forensic Museum houses the body of Si Ouey, Thailand’s most ruthless serial killer, who kidnapped and murdered several Thai children and ate their internal organs. He was captured in the mid 1900s and his body preserved.

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The giant testicle of a man suffering from elephantiasis, several human limbs blown-off by hand grenades or crushed by machinery, dead babies and Siamese twins preserved in jars with their stomachs cut open, so people can see the internal organs, are just few of the morbid exhibits that are bound to freak and gross you out.

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