Strange and Morbid Museums

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You love horror movies, everything you own is black, and you have a strange obsession with serial killers. Don’t worry, we won’t judge you. Actually, we’re going to do the opposite and give you a list of places that you’ll find morbidly fascinating. There are a lot of people in this world who, like you, find creepy curiosities extremely intriguing. From the Museum of Death in Los Angeles, CA, to the Torture Museum in Amsterdam, there are a bunch of museums out there to feed your dark side. Learn about everything from the inner workings of the human body to how people have tortured it right here.

Museum of Death
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There are plenty of things to do in Hollywood, but if you’re looking for something grim and creepy you absolutely have to hit up the Museum of Death. The museum has many rooms, each of which focus on a different form of death. Taxidermy, serial killers, cult suicides – it’s all there.

London Dungeon
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The London Dungeon is part-museum, part-haunted house/interactive theatre. It’s one of London’s most famous attractions and is a must-visit for those who are into all things weird and scary. You can learn about history and you can also be chased around by scary actors.

Glore Psychiatric
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The Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph, MO, was originally a State Lunatic Asylum. On display now are artifacts from actual patients who were “treated” there and the medieval methods doctors used to use on people with mental health issues.

Natural Museum of Funeral History
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For some reason it’s kind of weird that this is located in Texas of all places, but oh well. This museum houses pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about funerals, from old-time hearses to ancient embalming practices.

Museo de las Momias
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Located in Guanajuato, Mexico, the Museo de las Momias (or, Museum of Mummies) is supposed to be a haunting experience. The mummies are all exposed and out in the open for you to literally walk through.

Icelandic Phallological Museum
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Yes, there is an entire museum in Iceland dedicated to dead penises. From humans to bears to whales, if there’s a creature that ever had a d*ck, it’s probably in this museum in a jar.

Vent Haven Museum
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Ventriloquist dolls are inherently creepy, and there are a line of horror movies out there to prove it. There’s also this weird museum in Kentucky (because, where else) that’s entirely dedicated to ventriloquism. Looking at these things in a photo is creepy enough. Imagine being in a room with them in real life.

Mütter
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The Mütter Museum in Philly is known as “America’s finest museum of medical history.” It keeps skulls, skeletons. and specimens of all kinds, including Einstein’s brain. Honestly, it’d probably be cool to see Einstein’s brain.. let alone any brain, really.

Kriminalmuseum
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Germany’s Kriminalmuseum is a museum that is dedicated entirely to medieval torture and its devices. They have everything from a stretching chair to a breast claw on display. This museum is definitely a buzzkill for a first date, unless you’re into that sort of thing.

Morbid Anatomy Museum
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The Morbid Anatomy Museum is like a regular (morbid) museum in that it holds specimens and exhibits such as death masks, but it’s also special. They often host events such as classes on taxidermy and lectures from specialists in the field of anatomy and autopsy.

Museum of Torture Instruments
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The Museum of Torture Instruments can be found in Prague. If you’re picking up a theme here it’s that Europe has a better collection of torture devices than we do in the U.S., which is probably because the medieval period depended so heavily on methods of torture.

The Prison Gate Museum
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Another fun museum about torture can be found in the Netherlands. The Prison Gate Museum holds human torture and killing devices, like this guillotine, but is mainly unsettling for its atmosphere. The walls are intentionally thin so that the screaming of the victims could be heard in all rooms (back in the day, of course).

Torture Museum
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The Torture Museum of Amsterdam houses methods of torture from municipal to ecclesiastical. If you can’t afford a ticket to Amsterdam at the moment, head over to the museum’s website and flip through their online history book that shows you some of their catalog.

National Museum of Health and Medicine
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The National Museum of Health and Medicine is located in Silver Springs, MD, which is a suburb of Washington, DC. Some of its strangest, most disturbing artifacts are those of preserved dead babies. Again, not a great place to go on a date, for sure.

Anthropological criminology
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Cesare Lombroso was an Italian criminologist whose Museum of Criminal Anthropology was once only open to academics. It is now open to the public and it focuses on the skulls and preserved heads of criminals, madmen, and killers. Why? He believed that being a criminal was determined by biology entirely.

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