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Paranormal Books and Curiosities & Paranormal Museum

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Address: 627 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone Number: +1 732-455-3188
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Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thu 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Paranormal Books & Curiosities is proud to host The Paranormal...

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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I was a bit skeptical until she pulled a very unusual name "Ziggy" from my fathers wife's family...now I'm a believer..very entertaining for a seance. I would go back!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Colonia, New Jersey
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Colonia, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a bit skeptical until she pulled a very unusual name "Ziggy" from my fathers wife's family...now I'm a believer..very entertaining for a seance. I would go back!

Thank Greatdanegirl2014
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I took the Boardwalk tour had a great time! The guide Todd and friend Joe are exceptionally knowledgeable and welcoming. They both made me feel at home, as if I had always been a part of their lives. Both are native of the area and were able to give first hand information on the buildings/businesses, people and area. I learned... More 

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Monmouth Junction, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

My kids had wanted to take a tour for awhile, but on the night we booked it was supposed to rain - I really didn't want to make the long drive down and face nasty weather. The staff was very pleasant about refunding my tickets and offered to help me reschedule for another night (which we will definitely do -... More 

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Clayton, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

An ok store. I was expecting something a little more exciting but it does a good job for a little shop. The museum room is very interesting and I spent most of my time in there reading the history of unusual phenomenons. The books in the actual bookstore seem to be be very highly priced but that could just be... More 

Thank dancingshortness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Very cute & interesting shop. The items, tours and books are quite extensive and full of curiosity. I've heard the tours are very cool describing the local lore. The staff are what make this place. They are very knowledgeable and willing to enlighten you.

Thank DrMontecalvo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Have been wanting to do this for a while now. My hubby and I had a great time! So much fun and very informative. Can't wait to do it again!

Thank Lisa D
Cedar Grove, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is a really cool store on Cookman Ave, Asbury Park NJ. Knowledgeable, friendly staff . Interesting curiosities. Worth a look see

Thank Fanadink
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I wish this place was larger! It is primarily a bookstore, focused on the paranormal, with a few odds and ends such as coffee mugs, oils, and such which someone might want to be buy when in such a store. They also run haunted tours and I believe you can also get a psychic reading, although don't quote me on... More 

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Ocean, NJ
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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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