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Museums are a great place to experience beauty. In such museums, you can find things that seem to have come down from the screens of horror films.
But usually all the exhibits are real and were used for certain and very scary purposes. Here are the scariest and most impressive museums in the world.
Death Museum, Los Angeles, USA. Under this name, a large collection of art created by serial killers is on display. It is impossible to look at what the “authors” have done in ordinary life without nerves of steel. The walls of the museum are hung with photographs of scenes of crimes of maniacs and autopsies of their victims. And after studying the pictures from the places of road accidents, somehow I don't want to get behind the wheel. The museum has special rooms that are filled with various funeral attributes and embalming tools. It also contains photographs of various cruel punishments and exhibits that recreate scenes of murders. A separate room is dedicated specifically to suicides and everything related to this theme. Those who were not afraid to inspect the exhibits of the museum are invited to look at the video of the deaths of real people. The highlight of the collection is the severed head of the famous killer Bluebeard, brought from Paris.
Ventriloquist Museum, Fort Mitchell, USA. Today, ventriloquism mannequins seem outdated. We perceive these objects as a kind of simple construction, appropriate only for carnivals or old vaudeville. But one has only to look at these mannequins and it becomes really scary. These dolls complain about their life, and it even seems that each of them has its own soul and personality. It is clear that this is actually a trick, but there is still something terrible in the artificial likenesses of people. In the museum, ventriloquists tell funny stories, roll their eyes in response to remarks and have their own opinion on all issues. If we discard prudence and a critical look, then it immediately seems that each such dummy has some kind of secret. And if one doll is not so scary, then what can we say about seven hundred such exhibits at once? All the dolls sit in armchairs and stare at their visitors with empty eyes. The uniqueness of the Museum at Fort Mitchell is that it is the only one in the world. It seems that there are simply endless rows of wooden mannequins lined up here. They follow with their own eyes all the movements of visitors, as if trying to hypnotize them and subdue them to their will. In this terrible museum, you have to restrain yourself so as not to break loose and scream.
Mummy Museum, Guanajuato, Mexico. This unusual museum will be remembered by visitors for a lifetime. Guests of Guanajuato can enter the real world of mummies. The museum contains 111 dried bodies that once belonged to men, women and even children. Many of the mummies remained with their mouths open in a scream, as they were buried alive. And they belong to the time of the cholera epidemic that broke out here in 1833. Gradually, from 1865 to 1958, the bodies were removed from their burial place. The fact is that the relatives of the deceased could no longer pay the tax for a place in the cemetery. This is how this terrible museum was born. It was essentially created by the tourists themselves, when they began to give the cemetery employees some money to look at the dried corpses stored in one of the outbuildings. You can even see the smallest mummy in the world when browsing this scary collection. She is the unborn fetus of a woman who died during a cholera epidemic. Many mummies are generally dressed in the outfits that were on them during the funeral. Others generally appear naked or in only one shoe. This Mexican museum presents its own bleak interpretation of life after death.
Dupuytren Museum, Paris, France. Reality is sometimes more terrifying than the worst fantasies. This is what this Parisian museum proves. It contains various medical abnormalities of people. Dupuytren opened his museum in 1835. He was a famous Parisian surgeon and anatomist who collected a whole collection of unborn monsters with congenital diseases, skeletons and human organs. The exhibition is really awful - there are as many as six thousand exhibits, including jars with deformed parts of human bodies. Here you can also find fused people, Siamese twins, as well as babies born with internal organs open outward. The museum also displays wax models of human heads with unusual growths on them, hare lips, and such strange defects that cannot be classified. And there is no escape from the many glass jars in which the brains of patients with disabilities float. Staying in alcohol perfectly preserved this part of the body. Even the most callous guests leave here impressed.
Glor Psychiatric Museum, St. Joseph, USA. Only after entering these establishments, you immediately acquire a sense of anxiety and danger. This museum was opened in 1968 on the basis of a psychiatric hospital, which had existed in this building since 1874. Despair is simply physically felt in the corridors. Maybe it is the screams of those who have been here for years, permeated the walls. Indeed, sometimes very painful and extravagant techniques were used to treat madness. In the museum, you can see that some patients were imprisoned here in a huge wheel, like the one that people put in cages with hamsters. As a result, the patients were forced to run for two days in a row, and only in order to tire them out. Other patients sat on a "tranquilizer chair" where they made incisions on their bodies for bloodletting. Some unfortunate people had to go through such a procedure for six months. And all because doctors then considered the source of insanity in the excessive flow of blood to the brain. Some patients were dipped into vats of cold water, all in order to induce shock. And this was considered acceptable for medicinal purposes. When visiting the museum, it is suggested that you familiarize yourself with all those barbaric methods that were previously used in psychiatry. There are also tools and equipment that doctors used to eradicate mental illness. On three-dimensional screens, the madness that was happening in the hospital earlier is recreated. Mannequins with otherworldly smiles wandering around on their faces add realism. The exhibits also include objects of unusual art created by the patients themselves. Of particular interest is the exposition of objects taken from the stomach of a madman. It includes 453 nails, 115 pins, over a hundred hairpins, as well as buttons, snaps, hooks and needles. Even for those whose life is not easy, after visiting this museum it begins to seem that someone was much worse
"Mother" Museum, Philadelphia, USA. This institution also offers to get acquainted with a wide variety of medical anomalies and pathologies. And the museum was opened back in 1858. Among the exhibits, the real brains of epileptics and murderers stand out, supplied with a detailed biography of the former owners. The walls are lined with skulls, also with explanations. The museum also has a plaster statue of the infamous Siamese twins Chang and Eng, as well as their shared liver in alcohol. Like the Parisian Dupuytren, there are many jars with phantasmagoric creatures floating in them. During their lifetime they were people, although it is more believed in their alien origin. The museum collection has many photographs with the most unusual body deformities and terrible diseases. Many feel nauseous when looking at a person's 2.7-meter large intestine, which at the time of removal from the body contained more than 18 kilograms of feces. This anomalous organ belonged to an actor who performed in a circus under the name of the Great Balloon. Sometimes it seems that the Mother's Museum has collected the most sickening exhibits from around the world.
Museum of Criminal Anthropology Lombroso, Turin, Italy. The famous and even somewhat cult anthropological museum was founded in 1898 by the criminal physiognomist Cesare Lombroso. There are about four hundred skulls of different people on display. The fact is that the founder was literally obsessed with the idea that criminal inclinations and unnatural behavior for most are determined by the shape and size of the human skull. So the doctor collected the skulls of various madmen, criminals and soldiers, as well as ordinary citizens. Lombroso's collection also includes full-length skeletons, human brains, and autopsy pictures. Here you can also see the ancient weapons and tools used by criminals. And this museum is really scary. Those who are not satisfied with the sharpest impressions should get to know the creator of the establishment himself. After all, the head of Lombroso is kept in a glass chamber and is perfectly preserved.
Medieval Museum of Torture, San Gimignano, Italy. This museum provides a visual insight into why the Middle Ages were called the Dark Ages. These are the years where human sadism flourished, and under the guise of justice, people acted extremely cruelly. In Italy, San Gimignano has collected a collection of more than a hundred instruments designed exclusively for the torture of some individuals by others. The museum itself is located in the ancient Devil's Tower, which was built in the XIII century. In it, one can almost physically feel the groans of the victims tortured here many centuries ago. The museum has a guillotine, devilish racks for stretching the victim's body. With the help of a Spanish spider, the breasts of unfaithful wives were once ripped out, and the heretic's fork is a device with sharp spikes placed under the victim's chin. With such a sadistic device, the unfortunate man was prevented from falling asleep. Museum guests can see the Virgin of Nuremberg here. It is actually a sarcophagus with blades on its door. Closing, the victim was pierced with knives. Thanks to the museum, you can understand how dense the Middle Ages were, and also see the depth of evil in the souls of people.
Museum of Parasitology, Meguro, Japan. It's hard to tell what fear actually looks like. Most people are frightened by the sight of skeletons and instruments of torture. In fact, even close to us, very terrible things are lurking. A visit to this museum can make an ordinary person really paranoid. It turns out that parasites hide everywhere, including in seemingly harmless things - water, air, food. The Museum of Parasitology will convince you that it is simply impossible to hide from these creatures. Opened back in 1953, the museum is the only one dedicated to the ubiquitous parasites. The collection contains more than 45 thousand parasites. Among them are menacing beetles, nasty caterpillars and worms. And it is somehow easy to believe that at a certain moment they may well invade our body. An interesting exhibit is a tapeworm, 8.8 meters long, taken from a living real person. Here you can see the bodies of animals, whose parts have been completely replaced by parasites. This is, for example, a turtle, whose tongue has been completely replaced by parasites. In the museum, you can see a photograph of a huge human scrotum, which, thanks to parasites, swelled and hung down to the ankles. At the same time, by its size, this part of the body was quite comparable to the body of the person himself. It will take a long time to forget such a sight.
Capuchin Catacombs, Palermo, Italy. The cemetery itself is an eerie place, and sometimes it also becomes a museum. In this case, the burial is terrible and unusual in itself. The underground museum is located directly under the monastery cemetery, in the catacombs. Here is a collection of more than eight thousand mummified bodies of people who died in the period of the 17th-18th centuries. The bodies here hang on the stages, and in some places they just lie on the floor. They found their last refuge in the underground tunnels of the very city where people lived and died. The corpses were gray and dusty, but it can still be seen that they were dressed in the most elegant clothes that they had during their life before burial. Many deceased people even managed to leave instructions before their death, so that at some point their old decayed clothes were replaced with new ones. The empty eye sockets of the terrible exhibits and their open mouths in a smile seem to laugh at the visitors. In the catacombs, the dead are placed according to a strict classification that takes into account the status of people during life. In addition, men are kept separately from women and children. In the museum, monks, professors and virgins have their own rooms.