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Houdini Museum

1433 N. Main Ave., Scranton, PA 18508
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Ranked #11 of 16 Attractions in Scranton
Description: A museum dedicated to Houdini, the famous magician.
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Ozone Park, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Once you arrive, you are hustled in and held hostage for several hours! No food or beverages are sold or offered during your stay. The only show is an old fashion kiddy style magic show that has nothing to do with Houdini. The smell of mildew filled the room full of old newspaper clippings, old TV sets, & yard sale... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I just left there, paid ahead of time but still had to wait on a long line to make sure they got there money. There were way, way too many people crammed into only "one" room at a time, no one could move let alone walk around and look at anything! But were told you will be able to look... More

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Seoul, South Korea
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I've been living overseas for a period of time and this summer had the opportunity to visit the NEPA area. I went to the museum for the first time since I was 5 and I wasn't disappointed. It still felt as quirky but there were new things to see, new magic tricks, and I felt very entertained. The experience is... More

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New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I went to the Houdini museum this past Saturday (8/22/14). I want to first talk a little about the museum and what you should and should not expect. The "museum" is an old converted house on Main Ave in Scranton PA. Why would there be a Houdini museum in Scranton you ask? Well the curators say that Houdini had a... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

What quirky, interesting, memorable, magical, experience. Don't let this little gem pass you by if you are in the Scranton area and like magic, espescially those interested in Harry Houdini. Between BRAVO's quirky antics and information on Harry's career to the second room which contained a multitude of artifacts from the master illusionist himself as described by Dorothy Dietrich to... More

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Wyoming, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We really wanted to see the Houdini Museum and based on the information on their website, which said that it was open daily in August, we planned on going on a Monday afternoon. The website gave 2 phone numbers to order discounted tickets. When I tried to call on Monday morning for the tickets, both phone numbers reached a "this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We spent an informative and entertaining afternoon. For those who criticize the dated environment, please realize that it is part of the charm. It is like a step back in time. The owners do a wonderful job of explaining the history of Houdini. This is aided by terrific pictures, clippings, and artifacts. Dorothy has a passion for her career as... More

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Trenton, NJ
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Don't let the outside of this building keep you from going in. Once inside you will sure to have a great time and be sure to get there when the museum opens so you don't miss one minute of the experience. There is a general welcome portion in the main area followed by a description of Houdini's exploits in a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you are visiting Scranton, this is a must see. First impressions don't do it justice. Dorothy and Bravo the Great have made every effort to continue the legacy of Houdini. Moving from the small theater around the small museum you learn about houdini's rise to fame and the real details of his untimely death. There are many artifacts from... More

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Ossining, New York, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Traveling two plus hours to the Scranton, PA site was a true value. I would have liked to have seen the NYC site twenty years ago as regards space available. The Museum has utilized every square foot of wall and shelf space to preserve the ideas and memory of the great Houdini. With two dozen people of all ages, this... More

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