If you’re turned off by the idea of haunted objects being locked away behind dusty glass cases, then this traveling museum is perfect for you.
Established in 2014 by Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews, the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult has been sharing haunted and cursed artifacts with paranormal enthusiasts all over the United States. Their museum has been featured on Animal Planet, TLC, and Travel Channel, and works closely with Strange Escapes, ScareFest, and Ghost Adventures’ Nick Groff’s cross-country tour. Guests of the museum are invited to hold the objects, photograph them, and even investigate them to add to the evidence of the paranormal occurrences surrounding the objects.
There is an impressive variety when it comes to the artifacts, and enough to pique anyone’s interest. There’s a 19th century New Testament that was used in hundreds of exorcisms with the imprint of the afflicted’s foreheads still visible on the cover. The museum has a plank of wood from the Amityville Horror House. There is a cursed voodoo nail that burns anyone who picks it up, and a dark scrying mirror that reveals horrifying images back at anyone who stands in front of it. For a bigger list of some of the artifacts featured at the museum, check out their website.
The items aren’t the only impressive things about this museum. The two curators, Greg and Dana, are also fascinating to meet and talk with while at the museum. Their website claims, “They’ve come face-to-face with Bigfoot deep in the hills of West Virginia, successfully orchestrated an alien abduction on North Carolina’s mysterious Brown Mountain, and grappled with angry ghosts in a violently-cursed town in rural Pennsylvania, to name just a few adventures.”
The museum is now booking for their 2018/2019 season. Some upcoming events will be held at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast and the infamous Sallie House. To check out their schedule, donate your haunted object, or to learn more, visit paramuseum.com.
I’ll be adding this to my spooky bucket list!
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