By Diana Ramos |A&E Asst. Editor|
The Museum of Death is a great place to learn about serial killers and famous homicides such as the Black Dahlia, the shooting of John F. Kennedy and the Manson killings.
It is not meant to purposely scare people but rather to inform about the concept of death.
The Museum of Death is located in Hollywood, CA. with an entrance of $15 and free parking in back.
The museum is open Sunday-Friday 11 a.m. through 8 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. through 10 p.m.
As soon as you walk into the Museum of Death, you are hit with a smell that lingers in your hair and clothes even hours after you leave.
The further you go into the museum, the stronger the smell gets.
It smells like an article of clothing that has been sitting in the back of a closet for years mixed with a hint of something rotting.
The Museum of Death is a self-guided tour, lasting approximately 45 minutes. to an hour, but those who can stomach it stay as long as they like.
The museum is filled with letters, pictures, memorabilia, art work, and many facts that are not commonly known.
You can spend hours reading the different articles on the wall dealing with homicides, suicides and embalmings.
Loads of memorabilia and interesting letters and drawings from real life serial killers are provided such as a quilt knitted by Charles Manson’s “family” and pop art created by Pogo the Clown.
The only downside is they don’t allow photography but that’s what keeps the museum up and running.
The owners of this museum are very friendly and are open to discussion.
If you have any questions, they are more than happy to answer them. They also share many stories of how they acquired the pieces that are displayed in the museum.
Attendees have many different opinions when they finish the tour.
“In one of the rooms you visit you feel this intense silence and everything around you feels different. I have never felt like that before,” said Mariella White.
“You don’t feel alive anymore once you enter that room, it is dead silent and your thoughts seem to go away, you are left with this inner peace. I was scared,” continued White.
“Once you are out and feel the sunshine, depending if the weather is nice out, you feel alive again and begin to appreciate the little things like fresh air and sunshine,” said Cambria Jones.
Cathee Shultz owner of the museum said, “You see enough death you’re happy to be alive.”
This museum is fairly small so beware if you are claustrophobic.
It is full of interesting artifacts that cannot be seen anywhere else.