Museums don’t just have paintings, sculptures, and beautiful art collections, some have all sorts of different kinds of collections including those related to creepy, haunted, and cursed events! Here are 10 of the creepiest, if you’re feeling brave enough.
1. Torture Museum, Amsterdam
This museum in Amsterdam has a very creepy collection; from the spiked inquisition chair to thumb-screws and skull-crushers. Visitors can see the historical tools of pain and punishment that were used on people at the time to brutally force confessions of crimes..
2. Vent Haven of Ventriloquism, USA
Vent Haven Museum is the world’s only museum of ventriloquial figures and memorabilia and is located in Kentucky, USA. The museums houses a disturbing collection of ventriloquist dolls and was founded by William Shakespeare Berger, a Cincinnati businessman and amateur ventriloquist.
3. The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, England
This museum houses exhibits devoted to folk magic, ceremonial magic, Freemasonry, and Wicca and its collection of objects has been described as the largest in the world, making it a must visit. This Museum is dedicated to European witchcraft and magic and is located in the village of Boscastle in Cornwall, southwest England. The most famous item here is the sculpture of the Horned God of Wicca, so be sure to check that out.
4. The Pitt Rivers Museum, England
This museum is located not far from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and is an incredible place to visit. You can find a bizarre display of real tsantsas, or shrunken heads, from the upper Amazon region between Peru and Ecuador, as well as all sort of weird and wonderful displays.
5. Clown Museum Leipzig, Germany
Some people think clowns are hilarious, others are terrified of them. If you’re onw of the latter maybe avoid this museum! Located in Leipzig, Germany, here you can see more than 3000 clown figures all in different sizes and materials. The collection is made up of clowns come from all around the world and also has a huge collection of newspaper articles, photos, film footage, and 350 circus posters related to clown entertainment.
6. Catacombe dei Cappuccini, Italy
Catacombe dei Cappuccini is a burial catacomb in Palermo in Italy. A long time ago this place was a cemetery and it has the largest collection of mummified bodies in the world. The most known one among them is the mummy of a little girl named Rosalia Lombardo who died on 6 December 1920. Eery or what!
7. Avantos Museum of Hair, Turkey
Perhaps one of the weirdest and strangest museums in the world is located in Avanos, Turkey, which houses thousands of hairs from around the world. The story began when Galip Körükçü, the owner of Chez Galip, a pottery shop, moved to Avanos and was separated from his girlfriend. In order to remind himself of her he asked her to give him something that he will remember forever, and she gave a lock of her hair to him. Sometime later the story spread to the people and more and more came to donate their hairs.
8. Froggyland, Croatia
Another weird museum is in Croatia. Here you will see hundreds of stuffed frogs in all sorts of different human-like scenarios. They are cleverly thought up so but don’t forget to read the caption carefully, it is often witty.
9. The Mütter Museum, USA
The Mütter Museum is a medical museum located in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. They have huge collections of skeletons and you can also see the tallest skeletal specimen on display in the US. Besides the bones and skeletons, you can also find a collection of wet specimens, numerous wax models displaying various examples of pathology in the human body. You can also see the brain of Albert Einstein!
10. Siriraj Medical Museum, Thailand
The Siriraj Medical Museum, nicknamed the Museum of Death, is a medical museum in Bangkok, Thailand. This museum consists of seven small medical museums and here you can find the mummified serial killer named Si Quey, on display in the Forensic Museum. You can also see parasites which have been collected from patients and are displayed with a presentation of their life cycle and natural habitat.