I love visiting museums whether they’re haunted or not. However, check out what I’ve discovered: paranormal museums! Five of them, in fact.
- John Zaffis Museum of the Paranormal - I found out about this from a post on Ghost Lounge some time back. John Zaffis has collected all kinds of supposedly haunted artifacts during his 35 plus years as a paranormal researcher. Now he’s made his collection available for viewing. The really neat thing about his museum is you can visit it online! Just click the Items link and you’ll be taken to a page with an image carousel. Mouse over the images and read about their haunted properties.
- Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore (formerly known as the Seattle Museum of Mysteries) – This is a brick and mortar museum housed in the Inscape Building in Seattle. Artifacts in their exhibit include three Bigfoot casts, info about Washington state’s crop circles, and the Maury Island UFO mystery. The hours can vary since it is staffed by volunteers so make sure to call ahead before you go. Also, prices are very reasonable: $3 for adults, $2 ages 9-17, Free 8 and under, and Free on the first Thursday of the month, or Free anytime for Go Card holders.
- National Paranormal History Museum- The Haunted Cottage is located in Harpers Ferry, WV and is the first paranormal museum dedicated specifically to psychic phenomena, ghosts and hauntings. Vince Wilson opened it last year. It also serves as a paranormal research and training facility. (If it sounds at all familiar it may be because I’ve written about it before and named it as one of the three winners in the Best Place to Conduct Ghost Research category of the Haunt Jaunt Best of 2010 Awards.)
- Museum of the Macabre - This is another one where you can visit the collection online. They not only have an object database, but a book library, newspaper and magazine archive, and video repository. Their object collection isn’t super large at 81 items, but it’s interesting. However, my favorite section is the books. They have some really great titles. (Contemporary as well as treasures from the turn of the twentieth century!)
- The Haunted Museum – This museum is divided into halls: Spiritualist Hall, Spirit Photography Hall, Occult Happenings Hall, and Ghost Hunter’s Hall: The Beginnings of Ghost Research. To view any of the exhibits in any of the halls you simply need your computer. (It’s another online paranormal museum.) No flash photography is allowed (translation: no copying photos!). There’s even a Haunted Museum Gift Shop where you can pick up a souvenir of your visit (a copy of the book by Troy Taylor that the museum is based on).