Step away from the dazzling neon of Fremont Street and into the shadows. It’s here, on the darkened corner of Charleston Blvd. and Las Vegas Blvd., that you’ll find a house with glowing red windows behind a wrought-iron fence. No, you haven’t stepped onto the set of a horror film; you’ve found a place where it’s Halloween every day of the year.
It’s Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum. The foreboding – and historic – site, which houses a collection of haunted objects and other oddities belonging to Ghost Adventures host Zak Bagans, offers a macabre attraction for Las Vegas visitors who prefer ghosts to gambling and serial killers to showgirls. If you’re curious about what lies within the Haunted Museum, here’s a taste of what you’ll see on a tour.
The Dybbuk Box
In 2017, Zak Bagans made headlines for acquiring the Dybbuk Box – aka the most haunted object in the world. The box contains an evil spirit, which has cursed those who have come into contact with it, including rapper Post Malone, who suffered a robbery, a near plane crash and a car accident after touching it. You can see the Dybbuk Box yourself at the Haunted Museum; just don’t be surprised if you feel the need to burn some sage afterwards.
Dr. Kevorkian’s Van
During his lifetime, the controversial Jack Kevorkian, who was often unkindly referred to as “Dr. Death,” assisted in the deaths of approximately 130 individuals. Many of these assisted suicides took place in a Volkswagen van, which you can view at the Haunted Museum.
Serial Killer Artifacts
Want to see a painting made with Charles Manson’s ashes? A letter from Ted Bundy? John Wayne Gacy’s art? The cauldron that Ed Gein once filled with human body parts? If you’re the kind of person who has a favorite serial killer, you’ll probably find a related artifact inside the Haunted Museum.
Peggy the Doll
Blonde-haired blue-eyed Peggy seems nice enough, until you learn that the seemingly innocent doll at the Haunted Museum is actually possessed by a spirit which has caused over 80 people to suffer severe headaches, nausea and chest pains. The creepy doll has also been known to talk to – and occasionally insult – visitors and tour guides alike.
A Live Freak Show
In 2018, the Haunted Museum added a live act that really nails it—literally. The act in question comes from John Shaw, a performer who has appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Shaw does unspeakable yet captivating things with hooks, nails and plenty of audience participation. To say anything more would spoil the show, which must be seen to be believed.
Zak Bagans Himself
Lucky fans of the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures may catch a glimpse of their favorite paranormal investigator himself. The Haunted Museum doesn’t just bear Zak Bagans’ name; it’s his own personal collection of haunted and bizarre objects, and since Bagans is a local Las Vegan, you just might see him while you’re standing in line to get in.