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Looking for something different for Halloween? Here a selection of 14 museums with a death-themed collection.

Mutter Museum, Philadelphia

A museum of medicine that collects a collection of anatomical samples, wax models, and ancient medical equipment. Skeletons, cysts, tumors, and thousands of other diseases of the human body are certainly interesting for medical students, but rather scary for everyone else.

Info: muttermuseum.org

Egyptian Museum, Turin

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One of the most important Egyptian collections in the world, in a completely restored museum. True Italian excellence, which also includes many mummies, perfect to scare children on Halloween.

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Info: museoegizio.it

Catacombs of the Capuchins, Palermo

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Absolutely not suitable for an emotional audience, the catacombs of the Capuchins of Palermo are one of the most disturbing places that you can visit in life. Skeletons and embalmed bodies (including that of a girl who died in 1920) surround visitors to this place of worship.

Info: catacombepalermo.it

Meguro Parasitological Museum, Tokyo

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A museum dedicated to pests and their life cycles. Educational, certainly, but also not suitable for the weak stomach, given the three hundred preserved specimens, including a tapeworm of almost nine meters.

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Info: kiseichu.org

Natural History Museum, London

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Between skeletons of dinosaurs and stuffed animals, a night in the Natural History Museum in London can already be frightening. Even more so with a program of classic horror films, for a truly chilling night. On October 31st, the London museum turns into a cinema and broadcasts The Blair Witch Project, the Silence of the Innocents, Ghostbuster, and Shining.

Info: nhm.ac.uk

Museum of Death, Los Angeles

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A Hollywood find, that of the Museum of Death, where the owners say they are meant to make the visitors happy to still be alive. Objects found on the scene of famous mass suicides, serial killer heads, and much more.

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Info: museumofdeath.net

Cesare Lombroso Museum of Criminal Anthropology, Turin

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Dedicated to the work of the controversial criminal anthropologist Cesare Lombroso, this Turin museum can be truly disturbing, including skeletons, skulls, and formalin heads.

Info: museolombroso.unito.it

Museum of Mummies, Mexico

This museum in Guanajuato, Mexico, houses hundreds of bodies buried from the cemetery in the area and – for reasons not fully known – preserved in a perfect state of natural mummification.

Info: momiasdeguanajuato.gob.mx

Museum of the souls in Purgatory, Rome

Housed in the sacristy of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Suffrage in Rome, it preserves photos and documents of the divine being’s manifestations of the souls of the deceased of Purgatory, including for example an impression of fire left by a finger of the pious sister Maria di San Luigi Gonzaga, appeared to Sister Margherita del Sacro Cuore, between 5 and 6 June 1894.

Vent Haven Museum, Kentucky

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Are you passionate about Saw, the enigmas? Then you can not miss out on Halloween for this museum dedicated to the art of ventriloquism, with hundreds of rather disturbing puppets.

Info: venthaven.org

Museum of Torture, San Gimignano

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San Gimignano is the main site of the Italian museum dedicated to torture, which is also found in Siena, Volterra, Lucca, and Montepulciano. An interesting and frightening collection of ancient instruments of torture and faithful reproductions of the era in which confessions were extracted from alleged witches.

Info: torturemuseum.it

Glore Psychiatric Museum, Missouri

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This museum tells the 130-year history of the state psychiatric hospital with an exhibition of surgical instruments, treatment equipment, furnishings, nursing uniforms, personal notes, and other hospital objects. Among the finds preserved, the 453 nails swallowed by a patient from the asylum.

Info: stjosephmuseum.org

Voodoo Museum, New Orleans

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New Orleans has a very old folk tradition linked to the rituals of voodoo, as evidenced by this museum. The admission ticket also includes a guided tour of the nearby St. Louis cemetery.

Info: voodoomuseum.com

Vampire Museum, Paris

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Just outside the French capital, this museum houses the collection of relics and objects related to the world of vampires and collected in a lifetime by Jacques Sirgent, a great lover of the genre.

Info: musee_des_vampires

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