Ever wondered what the best horror museums in the United States are and where are they located? I was creeped out while writing this list of horror museums as I learned that there is a book bound in human skin amongst other gut-wrenching/churning things. Most people would think of historical items, art, and dinosaur bones when they hear the word museum but a few will gaze off with excitement because horror museum comes to their mind when they hear word museum.
The Best Horror Museums in the United States List
- The Warren’s Occult Museum
Location: Knollwood St, Monroe, CT 06468
The Warren’s Occult Museum is the world-renowned oldest horror museum and only museum of its kind. People from around the world travel to visit the museum that houses haunted and obscure artifacts. The items in the museum are not remotely close to anything holy. Some exhibits in the museum are the Shadow doll which can enter your dream, the Satanic, the Conjuring mirror which was used to summon spirits, the Raggedy-Ann/Annabelle doll, Child Tombstones, pictures that could combust, Crucifixes, Vampire’s coffin, a Famous Organ that plays all by itself, and Psychic Photography. A few other things are a Shrunken head, Killer dolls, Egyptian/African cursed items, Possessed toys/animals, Death curses, and other creepy exhibits.
- The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia
Location: 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Mutter Museum is a medical museum displaying medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, antique medical equipment and wax models. The museum has over 25,000 collections of specimens but does not display everything. More than 130,000 visitors visit this museum annually to see all of the odd bodily paraphernalia including John Wilkes Booth’s vertebrae and Einstein’s brain. The Mutter is one of the few museums that will creep you out in the US.
- Museum of Death in Los Angeles, California
1st Location: 6031 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
Founded: 1995 by James Dean Healy and Catherine Shultz
2nd Location: 227 Dauphine St. New Orleans, LA 70112
The Museum of Death displays different ways we can be dismissed from this Earth or die. Visitors can see serial killer’s artworks, Heaven’s Gate dead cult members clothing/original beds, graphic photographs of crime victims, coffins, Henri Landru’s head, and a room filled with taxidermy of various types of animals among other things. The museum also houses Thanatron which was the original suicide machines built by Jack Kevorkian.
- Indiana Medical History Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana
Location: 3045 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
Opened in: 1895
Indiana Medical History Museum is a not-for-profit organization that collected over 15,000 various medical history related relics by 1994 which is displayed in the gallery that was opened in 1990.
Some of the movie Eight Men Out (1988) scenes were shot in the library. The Knick TV Series (2014 - present) fans will have a field day at this museum as they will feel like they are walking behind-the-scenes or having a walk on set.
- Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri
Location: 3408 Frederick Ave, St Joseph, MO 64506
Founder: George Glore
The mannequins are incredibly creepy and will set the scare factor pretty high. The museum was originally located in a former State Lunatic Asylum in Missouri which was redone in the 1950s and made into a state prison. The museum relocated to a building outside the gates. The horror in this museum is seeing the life-size replicas of mental health treatment equipment along with the archaic methods that were used to subdue patients and realizing that humans just like us did that. Other things visitors can see at the museum are patients’ writings, staff uniforms, photographs, and artwork. The replicas are of those from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries where the Tranquilizer Chair (hood, hand, and feet restraints) were built with portable toilets in the event, there was extended sessions.
- National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas
415 Barren Springs Dr, Houston, TX 77090
The National Museum of Funeral History is 35,000-square-foot houses the United States largest collection of authentic funeral artifacts including historical artifacts. The museum also explores burial rites through from long ago to present day. Visitors can learn about Presidents, Popes, and celebrities funerals, caskets/coffins, cultural heritage of the funeral service, hearses throughout different time periods and other facts involving death/funerals.
- Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1st Location: 10301 S Sunnylane Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73160
2nd Location: 8441 International Dr. Suite 250, Orlando, FL 32819
The Museum of Osteology displays about 300 species (skeletons of primates, humans, reptiles, and birds, etc.) from animals worldwide and has over 5000 specimens that are not on exhibit. The museum objective is to inform visitors different skeletal systems around the world and about the form and function. The Museum of Osteology opened its second location name, Skeletons: Animals Unveiled, in Orlando, Florida displaying over 450 skeletons. It is believed that this is the largest skeleton museum in the United States.
- New Orleans Pharmacy Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana
Location: 514 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum names send a certain chill through your body as you think of all the things you can see there. Visitors will see bloodletting, opium, and surgical instruments, old-fashioned medicine, potions used by Voodoo practitioners, leeches among other exhibits in the creaky, old pharmacy which adds to the creepy experience.
- Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
Location: 33 W Maple Ave, Fort Mitchell, KY 41011
Vent Haven Museum is the world’s only ventriloquial figures and memorabilia museum containing over 800 ventriloquist figures from twenty countries. Visitors will also see several hundred photographs and ventriloquism memorabilia such as replicas of figures that was used by Edgar Bergen.
- International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine
Location: 4 Thompsons Point #106, Portland, ME 04101
- Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, New York
Location: 424-A 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
- Salem Witch Museum in Salem, Massachusetts
Location: 19 1/2 N Washington Square, Salem, MA 01970
- The Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia
Location: 1914 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223
- The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, California
Location: 9341 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
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