I flew to Las Vegas for the day just for this. I mean, I ate and I had a drink at a cool bar, but THIS; this was the whole purpose of my trip – Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum.
I am not going to divulge all the highlights from this visit because if you go, I want you to feel as surprised as I did when I learned about some of the exhibits.
Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures has purchased an 11,000-square foot property built in 1938 in his hometown of Las Vegas. Not just any house, but a house rumored haunted. Also, longtime locals claim in the 1970’s dark rituals were held in the basement. Zak is now opening this home-turned-paranormal-and-oddities-museum to the public for tours of the interesting artifacts and objects he has collected that now reside there.
You start out by gathering in a line around the front of the house to the side. You are given a waiver to sign that basically states you know what you are getting yourself into and should the unknown affect you (possession, haunting, illness, any paranormal activity) there or after you leave, the museum is not held liable. So whatever you do, try not to get possessed and don’t touch ANYTHING.
About every 15 minutes 10 or so visitors are lead into the front parlor where you turn in your waiver and wait. Soon Staysha made her presence known to begin our tour.
Staysha is this stunning, statuesque beauty that reminded me of Chrysta Bell who played FBI Agent Tammy Preston on this past year’s return of Twin Peaks. She pulled off purple glitter eyeshadow like I have never seen anyone do before. She spoke clearly, loudly, was informative, so patient, totally sweet, and was happy to answer all questions. I loved her to death. Our group was good and followed the rules, but I got the impression you better not piss her off. This chick can hold her own if need be.
Your tour lasts about an hour and a half. You wind through room after room and you are entertained the entire time.
One thing I admire about Zak Bagans is he knows what he is scared of and yet he faces it. Not only faces it, but throws himself at it. Clown, dolls, mannequins – this place is chock full of them.
Some of the things you get to see on the tour:
- VW death van in which Dr. Jack Kevorkian ended the suffering of terminally ill patients
- The “Propofol chair” from Michael Jackson’s death room
- The Dybbuk Box
- The original staircase from Indiana’s “Demon House,”
- Bella Lugosi’s mirror
- Charles Manson’s teeth
- Peggy the doll
- Ed Gein’s cauldron
- The Crying Boy painting
Much, much more.
Along with the macabre, there is plenty of beauty to be seen too. The furniture is impressive, there are some lovely paintings, and if you are into taxidermy there are some nice pieces. I am going to need to go back so I can view the details next time. There is just so much to see and you are totally immersed in looking at everything and the stories that go with them.
I’m not gonna lie, I tried to be all cool about it, but I screamed 4 times. I even felt the need to apologize to someone for screaming towards them.
If you are remotely interested in anything like this, you have to see it. It is a labor of love that someone is sharing with you and it is worth every single penny.
Children under the age of 16 are not permitted. They can learn all about the haunted collection filmed entirely at the museum in “Ghost Adventures – Artifacts” on Travel Channel.
NO PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO, or EVP SESSIONS ALLOWED IN THE HOUSE.
General Admission (Must be 16 and older) – $44
600 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Location: 36.15837, -115.14562