Zak Bagans ’ The Haunted Museum Offers a Spooky Collection of the Weird and Macabre
Thirty rooms of macabre and spirit-infested collectibles gathered by a renowned expert of the paranormal
When Zak Bagans was 10 years old, he developed a profound interest in the paranormal and started on a lifelong search (beginning with garage sales in the company of his mom) for odd and spooky collectibles. His fascination with the unusual led him to pursue answers about the afterlife and, more specifically, to communicate with the dead. Bagans is now a recognized pioneer in the paranormal field.
If you like looking and truly eerie stuff and immersing yourself in the spirit world, Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum in downtown Las Vegas is for you. The 11,000-square-foot property, built in 1938, was originally a house owned by Cyril S. Wengert, a prominent businessman. Through the years, hostile spirits of deceased Wengert family members have been rumored to roam the halls. According to long-time residents of the city, dark rituals took place in the home’s basement during the 1970s. That’s why it’s known as “The Mansion of Nightmares.”
Guests visiting Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum venture down creepy, winding hallways and secret passages into more than 30 rooms that rival scenes from Hollywood horror films, with frightening facts about each paranormal piece. One such item is the Dybbuk Box, known as the world’s most haunted object. This vintage wine cabinet inspired the movie “The Possession” and is said to house a malicious spirit (the dybbuk). Shortly following its arrival, mysterious holes began to appear in the walls around the artifact—as if something was trying to break out from within. A Las Vegas marketing executive and Bagans both witnessed a black-cloaked figure pass through the exhibit’s closed door during a private tour. This has also been seen by multiple guests and staff at the museum.
Among the hundreds of terrifying possessions is the VW death van in which Dr. Jack Kevorkian ended the suffering of terminally ill patients as well as the “Propofol chair” from Michael Jackson’s death room.
Also featured is the original staircase from Indiana’s “Demon House,” which was notorious for powerful paranormal activity before being demolished in 2014. The wooden banister and creaky steps now stand in a dimly lit corner resting on a blanket of dirt from the house’s original location. Following its installation, a group of construction workers walked off the job and refused to come back. “They had several terrifying encounters in that room,” explained Bagans. “No one should underestimate the energy—good or evil—that can reside in a physical object after its owner is no longer living, especially something that played a role in a traumatic event.” For this reason, visitors are required to sign a waiver stating they understand the risks before entering.
Children under the age of 16 are not permitted into Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum, but they can learn all about the haunted collection in “Ghost Adventures—Artifacts”onThe Travel Channel.
Location, Dates, and Tickets
Zak Bagans The Haunted Museum is located at 600 East Charleston Blvd. in Las Vegas, Nevada, a block from The Strip.
The Museum is open Mondays and Wednesday through Saturday from 1 pm to 9 pm and from noon to 8 pm on Sundays.
NOTE: Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum will be closed from October 28 to October 31 for a Ghost Adventures Live Halloween Special on The Travel Channel.
General admission is $44.
For more information, visit the Zak Bagans The Haunted Museum website.
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