Having the strange and perverse on display for everyone to see isn’t a new concept. From side shows to the Warrens collecting the haunted objects of their clients to John Zaffis doing the same, it’s a practice done for a long time. What IS new is Zak Bagans and his new haunted Vegas venture.
You may know Zak Bagans as the lead investigator from the Travel Channel’s show Ghost Adventures. Always one for the dramatic, this popped up in Las Vegas.
Zak Bagans began his jaunt into haunted items with his show Deadly Possessions, which also aired on The Travel Channel. There he would sit in a room with the owner of a haunted object and the object itself and hear the stories of the afflicted.
For the museum, Bagans purchased the Wengert House, built in 1938 by Cyril Wengert. The museum will break the house into 30 rooms of oddities and haunted objects. iHorror found out in December that Bagans had purchased Michael Jackson’s make up chair that he passed away in to put on display.
You can read more about that here.
There’s no telling what else may end up on display at The Haunted Museum. If he is willing to pay $15,000.00 for a chair, the possibilities seem limitless. Word has it, Ed Gein’s cauldron made a home there as well. It would seem many of the artifacts from Deadly Possessions may have made it into the museum itself.
According to the press release from Dread Central:
“Zak Bagans is fulfilling a lifelong dream of opening a museum in downtown Las Vegas, full of the haunted, cursed objects he has been collecting through the years.”
They even dedicated an entire Ghost Adventures episode (season 12 episode 13) to investigating his new property due to issues with new staff leaving. The Haunted Museum’s website isn’t up and running yet but their online shop is.
No word is available on the exact opening date. One thing is for sure, when they do open, iHorror will be back with a first-hand experience on how haunted The Haunted Museum actually is.
(Featured image courtesy of thehauntedmuseum.com)