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Paranormal Books and Curiosities & Paranormal Museum

Address: 627 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone Number: +1 732-455-3188
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Type: Specialty Shops, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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129 reviews 129 reviews
21 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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 reviews 3 reviews
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 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Sayreville
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Visited the museum this past August with my friends who are into the paranormal. We loved that it was only $5 for the museum. The display area is very small and not a grand museum. You need to take your time and read all the displays because there are quite a few interesting things that you would miss. The entrance... More

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Toms River
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Fun and funky place to visit and shop. The Museum is a cool little place and worth a look. The Ghost Tours are awesome!!!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

I can't say enough good things about this place. The museum is so interesting and the walking tours are even better. So when my husband and I got the chance to attend a séance, I couldn't have been more excited! It was one of the most interesting experiences my husband and I have ever had. I tell anybody I meet... More

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west milford, nj
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

So far I have been on 3 paranormal investigations with Paranormal Books and Curiosities. Each one of them have been an amazing experience with some weird stuff happening. Each of the times I attended was at Eastern State Penitentiary. Prior to this, I was a skeptic and questioned whether or not the "ghost hunting" shows on TV were real or... More

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New Egypt, New Jersey
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We've been to several "Beyond the Veil" Seance's at Paranormal Books and it has always been a lighthearted enjoyable evening. We always had someone in our group have a connection or message from a loved one. It was a very nice evening hearing messages that only our loved ones would know. It can just blow you away. If you have... More

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