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Paranormal Books and Curiosities & Paranormal Museum

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Address: 627 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712-7103
Phone Number: +1 732-455-3188
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Thu - Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Friendly, helpful staff. Store with fun theme.

Visited the Paranormal Bookstore on a trip to Asbury Park and was completely impressed by the kindness of the owner and staff. Genuine customer service, which is rare in a world... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the Paranormal Bookstore on a trip to Asbury Park and was completely impressed by the kindness of the owner and staff. Genuine customer service, which is rare in a world of false "how are ya' today" conversations from staff in most stores. If I am ever in the area again I will definitely come back and say hello. Cool... More 

1 Thank noxiousburrito
Neptune City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

dowsing rods were amazing!!! a huge history lesson that was very much appreciated. Kathy definitely knows what she is doing! a very pleasurable experience. I am very excited to learn more.

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Beachwood, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

I have always liked this little store and the owner Kathy Kelly. It is an interesting place. I attended a seance. I had good luck with it as my mother, grandfather and ex husband showed up! It was real based on questions asked. I definitely recommend if you are in this brilliant gem of a town to go check out... More 

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Spotswood, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

I recently discovered this store and am now doing my first ever tripadvisor and Yelp reviews because I don't want anyone else to miss out. You don't have to be a believer in the paranormal to enjoy either the store or any of the events they hold. I participated in one of their ghost investigation tours over the weekend and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful tour! You learn a lot about the history of Asbury Park. If your a skeptic you won't be when its over.

Thank Kate T
Colonia, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

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!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 20, 2015 via mobile

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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

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.

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