I am incredibly amused that the Smarter Travel booking web site has a feature on 10 Incredibly Creepy Museums Around the World. Staff writer Caroline Morse includes my Hollywood neighbors the Museum of Death. Other museums to make the top 10 list are Torture Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, Siriraj Forensic Museum in Bangkok, Thailand, Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri, El Museo de las Momias (Museum of the Mummies) in Guanajuato, Mexico, Icelandic Phallological Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland, Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Meguro Parasitological Museum in Tokyo, Japan, and The House of Terror in Budapest, Hungary.
Sure, I’m entertained by the creative inclusion of the appointment-only ventriloquism museum. But, for sheer grim hilarity factor, I’d pick the Icelandic Phallological Museum. Yes, Phallological does imply lots of scientifically interesting penis-in-a-jar displays.
The Museum of Death, Hollywood, California
Sunny California just too bright and cheerful for you? Respite awaits you in the Museum of Death, which boasts the world’s largest collection of artwork by serial murderers (don’t forget to stop by the gift shop for postcards!), videos of autopsies and deaths, and photos of the Charles Manson crime scenes.
“There is not an age limit for the Museum of Death because we all die, but we strongly recommend mature audiences,” warns the museum’s website.”There have been a number of falling-down ovations (people passing out) at the museum (mostly men), so we stress being prepared for a good dose of reality!” Hmm, We All Die sounds like a fantastic title for a children’s book …