4/6/18. I've wanted to see Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum in Las Vegas from the minute I heard he was collecting artifacts. I even flew out to Vegas a couple years ago in hopes that it would be open but it wasn't ready yet. The long anticipation was worth it. Four members from Hunters of the Unknown went to the Museum and we all loved it.
The Museum is very well run, has awesome staff, and the artifacts themselves did not disappoint.
We purchased our tickets ahead of time online at The Haunted Museum website. The tickets are good for a certain day, no time, just show up during business hours. There was a steady stream of people entering the museum but it was never too crowded. You could buy tickets at door with no problem.
sign your life away
We parked in the front of the building. There are only a few parking spaces in front but there is a large parking lot in back of the building. There is security on the grounds to direct you. After taking some photos of the sign out front, we made our way to the Host who was waiting outside of the lobby, dressed appropriately for a haunted establishment, and acted his part to perfection. Here is where you sign your life away. As paranormal investigators we frequently sign waiver forms when investigating haunted buildings. The form did not phase us but for others after reading it, decided it wasn't for them and left. According to the host, this sometimes happens. This is a typical waiver form basically stating they are not responsible for anything that happens to you while in the museum, ghostly or otherwise. Zak, himself, is known to make an occasional appearance to greet his guests and take photos. Unfortunately for us, he was not there that day. After a short wait we were ushered into the lobby where we turned in our paper tickets for a souvenir ticket and met our tour guide, Sara. The lobby is filled with creepy dolls and a video of an episode of Ghost Adventures continuously playing. The lobby and the outside of the building are the only places you are allowed to take photos. Make sure you look around outside. There are rosaries hanging in a tree, skulls, and a tiny skeleton next to a bush. You are not allowed to bring any recording devices or paranormal equipment into the building. Also shut your phone off or they might think you are trying to record and ask you to leave. This is a very strict policy.
peggy the doll answered
Our tour guide, Sara, took us outside of the building, gave us some history on the haunted mansion, which is actually haunted, and then we went around to the other side of the building to enter the museum.
There are so many exhibits in the building it is impossible to see everything in one trip not to mention you only spend a small amount of time in each room. I could feel the energy of the haunted artifacts the second I stepped into the building.
There is nothing like this museum out there. I was afraid that due to bad circumstances surrounding some objects the place would have a negative feel to it. It was the exact opposite. I could feel the love that Zak has for each and every artifact. He has put so much time and effort into every room. I was very impressed at how every item was well researched.
You can be 16 years of age with an adult to enter the museum but there are a few exhibits you have to be 18 to enter, and can chose to opt out of these rooms. One is the dybbuk box where you will want to have a small item to leave to appease the box. Most people left coins. Another is Peggy the Doll. There is a spirit box running in this room. You can ask her questions and hope for a response. I asked Peggy what her favorite toy was and to my surprised she answered "dybbuk!"
Be sure and have a dollar bill on you to put into the Zak fortune teller machine, you might get a prize in return. Only one person from our group was able to donate a dollar. I was the lucky one. Here is what the machine spit out.
demon house stairs
I was very happy that we were able to see the original stairs from the Demon House. This exhibit had just recently opened. I was very impressed with Zak's exhibit of Jack Kevorkian's death van. It was respectful to the deceased and did not feel exploitive at all.
The only downside is they usher you into each room after only a short time with the artifacts. I wish there was more time to see everything. Ideally I would love a chance to spend the night and explore the haunted mansion.
There is a gift shop with t-shirts, candles, sage, and many paranormal related items. You can visit the gift shop without going through the museum.
I was highly skeptical of Zak's endeavor into the museum business but as it turns out he was the perfect person to open this museum. His dedication showed in each well-crafted exhibit. I recommend visiting The Haunted Museum. You won't be disappointed.