100 Scariest and Creepiest Museums in the World

Scary museums of the world.

Scary museums are a type of museums where the exhibits are designed not to delight or enlighten the visitor, but to frighten or horrify him. It turned out that fear and disgust are no less attractive to tourists than the beautiful. The first scary museums could be considered the anatomical sections of the Kunstkammer, where exhibits with anatomical deformities and pathologies were collected. Later came museums of torture, mummies, death and the Inquisition, psychiatric and prison museums, and war crimes museums.

A detailed description of the Dachau camp with a brief excursion into history. Where is located, what is the attraction today.

Scary museums – Germany

Coconut Prison is another attraction in Vietnam, but it does not carry the same joy as the other places in the country.

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There is a museum in Tomsk where visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the history of political repression.

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This Novosibirsk museum has unusual exhibits relating to death and the funerary traditions of various peoples of the world.

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In the museum under the distinctive name “Forbidden Zone” you can see unique exhibits created by the hands of prisoners.

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Once in the southern capital of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, the city renamed after the man who led Vietnam to victory for independence the Cu Chi Tunnels are a must-see.

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In this Roman museum of the deceased souls visitors are immersed in a unique mystical atmosphere of the otherworldly world.

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If you want to tickle your nerves and get a stronger, one might say creepy experience, then, by all means, you should visit the Tower of the Insane.

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  • Austria

18+ Not for the faint of heart! – Everyone of us has probably seen horror movies with living mummies – isn’t it creepy?

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  • Mexico

The museum in Prague, bearing the Latin name Speculum Alchemiae, allows its visitors to plunge into the atmosphere of magic and sorcery.

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In Nagasaki there is the “Atomic Bomb Museum” which has many exhibits that remind people how fragile the world is.

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In The Hague, in the city’s main square, near the international court, there is the Museum of Torture, also called the Prisoners’ Gate.

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Japan has a museum of military pilots who sacrificed their lives for the future of the country-the Kamikaze Museum in Japan.

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The people of Hiroshima couldn’t help but create the Peace Memorial Museum, an eternal reminder of what happened to that city in 1945.

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Ho Chi Minh City War Museum: not for the faint of heart – a war museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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Hell and Heaven Museum – a park complex of terrifying and striking figures representing hell’s torment and heavenly grace.

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Pompeii – the ancient Roman city, buried under a layer of ash after the eruption of Vesuvius – open-air museum.

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Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

There are places where even the bravest and most hardened people will not want to go. Places of bloody tragedies, murders, supernatural phenomena or simply very creepy incidents that give chills to even the most desperate.

If you are one of those people who has a strange fascination with visiting haunted houses and creepy places, then you will certainly enjoy this post! This list compiles 25 of the scariest places that exist on our planet, and faint-hearted people should avoid them at all costs!

From the terrifying “Suicide Forest” in Japan and the haunted Lip Castle in Ireland to the creepy voodoo market in Togo and the horrific Italian catacombs (with mummies dressed as if they were alive), all the places on today’s list are like from a nightmare dream!

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25. Hashima Island, Japan Once home to over 5,000 people, Hashima Island is now an abandoned and spooky place nearly 19 kilometers from Nagasaki City in southern Japan.

The island was used as a mining operation, but after coal mining ended, all the inhabitants soon left the place, leaving it at the mercy of nature.

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24. Lake Natron, Tanzania Located in northern Tanzania, Lake Natron is famous for its extremely high salt content, extremely high alkalinity and killer temperatures of up to 60°C.

There are only a few animal species that have managed to adapt to this harsh environment, but if any other animal touches the water, it will burn its skin and kill it. Then deposits of carbon dioxide will immortalize the body, turning it into a veritable mummy.

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23. Catacombs of Paris, France

They are called the “Empire of the Dead”. Catacombs of Paris are some of the largest and most terrible catacombs in the world. With a total length of nearly 200 kilometers, they contain, according to some estimates, the remains of nearly 6 million people.

Over the years, many people have been lost and died in this extremely complex and extensive system of tunnels and caves.

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22. Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland Located near the city of Auschwitz in southern Poland, the Nazi concentration camp is the site of the deaths of at least 1.1 million people (mostly Jews).

Living conditions at the camp were extremely brutal and many of those who did not die in the gas chambers died from starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, executions, or inhumane medical experiments.

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21. Museum Vrolik, Netherlands Located in Amsterdam, on the campus of the University of Amsterdam, the Vrolik Museum is one of the creepiest and scariest museums in the world.

Named after Willem Vrolik, a Dutch anatomist and pathologist, the museum houses various human anatomical anomalies in the form of bones, skulls, embryos and other body parts and plaster models showing various aspects of embryology, pathology and anatomy. Numerous examples of birth defects and medical anomalies collected over more than a century are preserved here.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

20. Beelitz Sanatorium, Germany Located in Beelitz, Brandenburg, in eastern Germany, the Beelitz Sanatorium was once the place where Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was treated.

Today this large healing complex of 60 buildings is in a derelict and dilapidated state. The dilapidated hospital with its graffiti-decorated walls evokes a stirringly eerie, post-apocalyptic atmosphere.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

19. Hill of Crosses, Lithuania About 12 kilometers north of the city of Siauliai in northern Lithuania, the Hill of Crosses is a unique Catholic pilgrimage site notable for its many crosses, crucifixes, statues of the Virgin Mary and stuffed animals.

The exact origin of the tradition of placing crosses on the hill is unknown, but it is believed that there are at least 250,000 crosses on the Hill of Crosses at present.

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18. “Suicide Forest, Japan Officially called Aokigahara, the Suicide Forest grows at the foot of Mount Fujiyama in Japan. Historically associated with demons from Japanese mythology, the forest has such a dense arrangement of trees that it literally blocks the wind, making it an exceptionally quiet and eerie place.

Despite numerous signs urging people to reconsider their intentions, the forest – for whatever reason – has become a popular place for suicides. According to statistics, about 100 suicides are committed here every year.

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17. Chauchilla Cemetery, Peru Located 30 kilometers south of the city of Nazca in southwestern Peru, Chauchilla Cemetery is an ancient cemetery containing the remains of mummified pre-Hispanic people and archaeological artifacts.

Thanks to the exceptionally dry climate of the Peruvian desert, the unprotected corpses, dressed in embroidered cotton clothing, are remarkably well preserved.

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16. Leap Castle, Ireland Considered one of the most haunted castles in the world, Leap Castle has an unusually bloody history.

This 13th century castle was the site of a brutal fratricide murder and many people were also imprisoned and executed here. Therefore, the castle is said to be visited by many spirits of the dead, including a violent supernatural entity known as “Elemental” (“It”), most recognizable by the accompanying smell of rotting flesh and sulfur.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

15. Freeman Ranch, Texas, United States Freeman Ranch is an area of just over 14 km² of land located between the towns of San Marcos and Wimberley in Central Texas.

The active ranch is devoted to various areas of research, including forensic anthropology. Human remains are left there to rot in order to then study decomposition processes.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

14. Prypiat, Ukraine Located in northern Ukraine, Prypiat is the town where the Chernobyl accident occurred in April 1986. The accident, known as the worst nuclear power plant accident in human history, killed 31 people, but long-term effects such as cancer and physical disfigurement are still evident today.

Estimates vary widely, but some say the tragedy affected millions of people.

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13. The Stanley Hotel, Colorado, USA One of the world’s most famous haunted hotels, the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, inspired Stephen King to write the cult bestseller The Shining.

While staying at the hotel, King lived in room 217, but the greatest ghost activity was said to be in room 478.

The hotel is supposedly haunted by the spirit of Flora Stanley, the owner’s wife, who liked to play the piano late at night. Her ghost is said to be seen very clearly.

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12: Tuol Sleng, Cambodia The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh is on the site of a former school that was converted by the Khmer Rouge into the infamous Security Prison 21.

Between 1975 and 1979 up to 20,000 people were imprisoned, tortured and killed here.

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This gloomy museum attracts hundreds of tourists every day and houses pictures of prisoners, skulls and torture tools.

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Island of the Dolls, Mexico Located on Lake Teshuilo not far from Mexico City, Isla de los Dolls is the most spooky place in all of Mexico.

Legend has it that the island’s only resident, Don Julian Santana, found the body of a drowned girl in a canal. Haunted by her spirit, Santana began collecting dolls for her and continued to do so for many years until he drowned in the same waters.

Today, hundreds of gruesome, mutilated dolls with severed limbs and severed heads “decorate” this island.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

10. “Door to Hell, Turkmenistan Also known as the “Fire Crater” or “Darwaza Crater,” Door to Hell is a natural gas field near the village of Darwaza. A sinkhole formed at the site of an underground cavern in 1971, turning into a gas crater.

Hoping it would only burn for a few days, geologists set fire to the gas to prevent the methane from spreading, but the crater has been burning continuously ever since.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

9. Snake Island, Brazil For those suffering from ophidiophobia (pathological fear of snakes), Snake Island is definitely the scariest place on Earth.

Located just off the coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil, this small 44.5-hectare island is home to more than 4,000 snakes, including venomous species that can “melt human flesh.”

According to some reports, you can find a snake in every square meter here.

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8. Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic Located in central Bohemia, the Sedlec Ossuary is a small Roman Catholic chapel located under the Cemetery Church of All Saints.

The chapel is known for containing the skeletons of nearly 70,000 people whose remains have been artistically hung as decorations and furniture for the chapel. Because of its uniquely frightening interior and atmosphere, this creepy place has appeared in several horror movies.

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7. Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Kentucky, USA Formerly a treatment center for tuberculosis patients in the early 20th century, Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky, is considered one of the scariest and most haunted places in the United States.

Within the walls of this sanatorium 63,000 people have died. Many deaths are due to improper medical treatment or immoral experiments. The shadows and screams of ghosts can be seen and heard throughout the building.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

6. Catacombs of the Capuchins, Italy Located in the Sicilian city of Palermo in southern Italy, the Catacombs of the Capuchins are unique funerary catacombs known for the fact that human remains are displayed like museum exhibits, dressed and mounted in normal lifetime human poses.

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Holding some 8,000 corpses and 1,252 mummies within its walls, the catacombs have become a popular tourist attraction.

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5. Oradour-sur-Glane, France Located in west-central France, Oradour-sur-Glane is a small village that was the site of a horrific massacre carried out by the Nazis during World War II after rumors surfaced that a German officer had been captured.

As collective punishment, the villagers were gathered in the main square, and hundreds of people, including women and children, were killed by a horrific machine-gun burst.

Today the site serves as a museum and permanent memorial to keep the atrocities that occurred during the German occupation of France in mind.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

4. Akodessewa Fetish Market, Togo Located in the capital city of Lome, Togo, Akodessewa Fetish Market is the largest amulet and voodoo market in the world.

One of the creepiest places in Africa, the market offers everything from leopard heads and human skulls to voodoo priests who bless, create amulets or predict the future and medicine that cures illnesses.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

3. Bran Castle, Romania One of the most terrifying castles in the world, Bran Castle is said to have once been the residence of Vlad III, the brutal Romanian ruler better known as Vlad Dracula or Vlad Tepes.

Infamous for impaling his enemies, he inspired Bram Stoker to write his famous Gothic horror novel, Dracula. However, the castle has another spooky element: in one of the castle’s chapels is a golden casket containing the heart of Queen Mary.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

2. Kolmanskop, Namibia Once a thriving diamond mining center, Kolmanskop is now a ghost town located in the Namib Desert in southern Namibia.

Top 25: The most terrifying places on the planet, where only a few people dare to go

After World War I, when the supply of diamonds dried up, the town began to decline until it was finally abandoned in 1954. Over time, nature took its toll and the desert took the town from man, creating one of the most sinister places in Africa. 1. Kabayan Mummy Caves, Philippines Discovered in Kabayan in Benguet province, Kabayan Mummy Caves are natural caves that contain the Fire Mummies.

Dating back to 2000 BC, they are some of the best preserved mummies in the world. Mummification began shortly after the death of a person whose stomach was digested with a very salty drink. The corpse was then washed, placed in front of the fire in a sitting position and dried.

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