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Address: 627 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone Number: +1 732-455-3188
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12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wed 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Description: Paranormal Books & Curiosities is proud to host The Paranormal Museum...
Paranormal Books & Curiosities is proud to host The Paranormal Museum (located adjacent to the bookshop). The Paranormal Museum is a small, storefront museum, in the tradition of "Roadside America" attractions. It houses a collection of historical and educational exhibits that explore the unexplained myths, legends and folklore that permeate our culture, dot our history books and continue to defy explanation in our world, despite all the advances of science and modern technology.The Paranormal Museum was created for the purpose of exploring those mysteries that remain in our modern world of science and reason. It is a showcase of all that exists in the borderland betwixt imagination and reality. The exhibits featured in the Museum bring to life the myths, legends, folklore and superstitions through genuine artifacts and artful interpretations. Visitors to the Museum are invited to explore the real life history and diverse culture woven into the fabric of each unsolved paranormal mystery. In the end, it is up to each of us to decide what is a fantasy and what could be truly possible.What is "paranormal" exactly? Paranormal is a term that encompasses everything in our world which lacks true definition. A dictionary explains it as "events that can not be readily explained, by known conventional reasons and/or commonly accepted science". Exhibits:Timeline of the Paranormal- From ancient days to yesterday, paranormal events have been recorded, learn of the most exciting and most mysterious...The Jersey Devil- Fact? Fiction? Something in between? Vampires...Werewolves..A spirit contained in a cauldron...All of these wonders are currently on display. We are not The Met, we are The Paranormal Museum. For Ghost Tours at the Jersey Shore check out our Ghosts and Legends of Asbury Park Walking Tour with Paranormal Books & Curiosities! Explore secrets of the Jersey Shore with a lantern-led walk through Asbury Park's historic downtown district. Travel back through history to witness the birth of the city, visit the scene of a ghastly crime and uncover the truth behind some of Asbury Park's most infamous ghosts. All tours feature local legend, history as well as results from Paranormal BC hands on ghosthunting expeditions. These tours do require a reservation, make yours today!
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One of a kind and sure to please, if you consider yourself a bit strange

Part curiosity shop and part mini-museum, this unusual mainstay in Asbury hosts community ghost walks and on site events and is definitely worth a stop by. There's nothing like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Ocean, NJ
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Ocean, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Part curiosity shop and part mini-museum, this unusual mainstay in Asbury hosts community ghost walks and on site events and is definitely worth a stop by. There's nothing like it!

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Paranormal Books & Curiosities was the best place we visited in Asbury Park. We looked around the bookstore for a while and there were tons of interesting books and topics. We then went on the ghost tour which was fantastic. It lasted quite a while and Kathy is such a great storyteller we were into it the whole time. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My BF and I went on a Ghost Tour, It was definitely worth the money, not only was it alot of fun, it lasted over 3 hrs. We learned about the town and some historical things and also about the haunting of certain places, Kathy is an excellent tour guide. She answered everyone's questions in detail, If your into Ghost's... More 

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

There are many instances where Paranormal Books & Curiosities makes the ideal destination. I have attended Beyond the Veil events, seances, ghost tours, and workshops at the store. Each has something totally unique, fun, and enlightening. The events make a great night out, as well as the perfect place to go on a rainy day, or if you are looking... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Paranormal Books & Curiosities holds so many interesting things. The museum has some really unique artifacts and the book store has so many cool books and gear. I absolutely recommend visiting them.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I went here a few weekends ago with a friend of mine because I love this kind of thing and I wanted to check it out. I can't speak about the museum or séances, only the bookstore. It was just as I expected. It was a mix of serious and hokey. They have a wall of paranormal books everything from... More 

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ParanormalAP, Owner at Paranormal Books and Curiosities & Paranormal Museum, responded to this review

HI- Thanks for your review. I am sorry your experience was a little disappointing to you. It would be helpful to me if you could let me know which subjects you were interested in, as we have a shortage of space we are constantly rotating subjects. If you have the time and inclination, I am always looking for new subjects... More 

Asbury Park, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I LOVE this stuff and high hopes for this experience. Excellent, excellent bookstore and collection of items for sale. My friend and I spent close to an hour just in the book/gift store though the woman working couldn't be bothered to look up from her phone and greet us the entire time. We skipped the museum because we ran out... More 

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ParanormalAP, Owner at Paranormal Books and Curiosities & Paranormal Museum, responded to this review

Hi- First, please let me apologize that your experience was not up to par on the day you visited our shop and took the tour. Customer experience is super important to me and I appreciate the detailed account you left. It will help me address issues that may go unnoticed otherwise. While it is our policy to be hands off... More 

New York City, New York
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139 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I haven't gone to the museum yet. For $5 I really should. The store itself is cute and fun and spooky. Right up my alley. It's worth checking out. My parents did a ghost tour and really enjoyed it!

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Paterson, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Interesting, but not much content. The exhibits and merchandise need to expand. Still, it's a "must" at the Jersey Shore.

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ParanormalAP, Owner at Paranormal Books and Curiosities & Paranormal Museum, responded to this review

Hi John! First I want to thank you for your visit to Paranormal Books in June! I am sorry you felt our content was insufficient. i encourage you to email your suggestions to me, Kathy Kelly at kathy@paranormalbooksnj.com so we can improve the experience for future visitors. Thanks again- PBC More 

Erial, New Jersey
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27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We did a Friday night tour and museum combo. Our tour guides did a great job, and were kind enough to let us tour the museum and shop after the tour even though they were officially closed. Check them out!

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Additional Information about Paranormal Books and Curiosities & Paranormal Museum

Address: 627 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone Number: +1 732-455-3188
Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Asbury Park
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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