Museum of Death
Museum of Death
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11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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permia
Ireland62,181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
It’s well worth spending some time here, and it covers what every one of us will be subject to.

Many aspects of ritual and ceremony surrounding peoples’ demise are shown. One of the most explicit segments concerns autopsies and their developments over time.

Criminal deaths are a main feature and there are fascinating accounts of the most notorious mass-murders. The Charles Manson killings are given a whole room of videos and posters, outlining in detail the horrific events and their investigation.
Written January 19, 2020
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Shawn D
Eugene, OR60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Say what?!? For some reason this place has evaded me and all I can say is that I loved every minute of it and I was easily in there for 2 hours! Being a collector of the strange and macabre, I can assure you this is one of the finest curated collections I have ever seen and the breadth of their content had me gasping. We are talking one of kind artifacts here and this museum prides itself on not revealing too much, so in respect to that I won't say much. The exhibits were artistically laid out, the lighting was spot on, everything was clean and beautifully presented, and they clearly have a tremendous amount of respect for their collection, and all the victims within it. With everything to do in Los Angeles, the Museum of Death is up there with my all time favorite destinations!
Written March 13, 2024
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A.M
Dubai, United Arab Emirates36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I expected so much more.
It should be named 4 cramped up rooms of death.
Very small, everything is jumbled up. Some rooms had tv showing very old footage.
$17 entrance fee not worth it.
Written February 1, 2020
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Alan the Alpaca
England, UK155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
heard about this place by chance whilst in LA. A must see if you are into serial killers, gore, death etc.. Some really awesome and shocking things on display. Reasonably priced to enter with cool souvenirs to buy.
Written February 9, 2020
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HBRox
111 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I'm not sure what I expected really. I thought it would be more of a serial killer museum with artifacts and stuff. Although there was a lot of this there was also a lot of other more gruesome and mentally scarring stuff which I wasn't prepared for. i.e a video of a guy getting shot several times, half his face blown off and still alive for a few minutes after, photos of dead babies, photos of a death orgy where a couple of people chopped off a mans genitals and put it in his mouth etc etc, you get the message. I think you'd have to be pretty twisted to enjoy this stuff.
I enjoyed the Manson family part, that's about it.
Written January 29, 2020
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Noël E
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
this was my number 1 NEED to visit while in LA and it didn’t disappoint! a large variety of different “death” topics covered and of course, my favorite, an entire serial killer room. a tough stomach is my only suggestion, because you’re going to see a lot of blood and gruesome death scenes. there was a lot of history and interesting exhibits. 11/10 would recommend. i’ll definitely visit again!
Written April 9, 2020
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NateBaylass
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Be sure to listen carefully to the receptionist’s nonchalantly delivered instructions of not taking photos LEST YOU FORGET and want to be callously frogmarched out of this museum and spat out onto the pavement.

We went here and mindlessly forgot about the instructions of no photo-taking once we’d reached the third room of the exhibition. We took a quick irrelevant snap of one of us in the mirror of a coffin and the worker took it as his moment to catch the big fish.

He seemed to take an unsettling pleasure in marching over and telling us to get out, dismissing all apologies we were desperately issuing for having forgotten. He displayed not a morsel of human compassion, which seemed slightly strange considering he worked at the Museum of Death where he would have had an educated understanding of the extent to which humans stray in the realm of morality and rule-breaking, this in relative terms seemed something of an overreaction...

He escorted us out most humiliatingly through the visitors of the museum and proudly presented his findings like a cat with a dead bird to his owner, to the receptionist who had issued the original BINDING instruction.

The receptionist smiled a rather frightening flash of a smile upon hearing how one of the details in his casually delivered opening monologue had been perfidiously disrespected.
There was an unmissable delectation being derived from the requital being served.

We clumsily, embarrassedly and profusely apologised as he slung our bags over the counter at us, which we’d been told to leave at reception. At which point he delivered his humdinger of a speech, like a judges final adjudication:

“Maybe you forgot, maybe you didn’t listen, or MAYBE THERE IS SOME INCONSIDERATION IN YOUR SPIRIT” which was rather severe. We couldn’t believe it.

The two of them seemed pleased that they had caught the Vile Villains of the Museum of Death and chucked us out with what we imagined, a side smile, rubbing their hands under the counter with glee.

We walked out ashamed, defeated and shocked while passing the THREE-HEADED TORTOISE on the way out, who was trapped in an eternity of hell, inside a cage they had kept him in where the poor animal couldn’t move forward, sideways or backwards in what looked like a lot of distress and pain.
Interesting that photo-taking was ungodly and yet using a struggling animal living in a deep hell of an existence in captivity as their Opening Sight to welcome guests went unchallenged.

The chief of the operation (the receptionist) couldn't help himself but to shout after us in our final part of our mortifying walk of shame out of their bizarre museum with a caustic remark: “AND PEOPLE SAY AMERICANS ARE RUDE”, his obvious point being that us Brits had brought the reputation of our nation down with what we had done, and as ambassadors for our country had proven how wrong “They” (whoever They are) were.
Because we were the worst.

It was a savage ejection and I’ve never been thrown out of a museum before.

If you ever go to this museum run by maniacs who WILL GET YOU IF YOU CROSS THEM, be sure to listen to the rules and don’t slip up or RETRIBUTION WILL BE DONE.
Written March 26, 2018
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airykah
Winnipeg, Canada33 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Had I actually known what was in the museum I wouldn’t have gone. I thought it would mainly have items related to killers, but not the victims. I found the serial killer rooms fascinating...all the letters and drawings made by the most notorious killers out there. I didn’t have much interest in taxidermy or embalming...but that’s just me but I thought it was an appropriate exhibit.

All that being said, I found all the photos of the victims were inappropriate and shouldn’t be on display for a bunch of us to look at them in this manner. These poor victims were already murdered and now we are revictimizing them by putting them on display and showing them in such a vulnerable position. They have already suffered tremendously and to make them suffer through the indignity of a bunch of looking-loos examining their final photos seems like the penultimate abuse. I view autopsy photos through my day job and we always show this type of evidence our upmost respect (so it’s not that I can’t handle seeing these types of photos). I really don’t care that the museum is putting the killers on display (they lost their right to privacy when they committed the heinous acts) but the poor victims didn’t.

I think if they removed the photos of the victims - this would be an interesting place to visit. However, the way that it is now can’t allow me to recommend this place to others.
Written October 16, 2018
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molacde
New York City, NY75 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
This place is, essentially, the poorly curated collection of someone who has a death and gore fetish. The serial killer room is knick knacks and doodads that were once owned by serial killers, along with photos of some of their victims. Paintings by John Wayne Gacy and action figures of others. The only "information" that might actually teach you anything is basically the printout of a Wikipedia entry. There's a wall of car accident photos from the 1950s and photos of people being headed in China. There's a corner devoted to the Black Dahlia murder, which was pretty much just a photo of her corpse. No context, little history.

If you think for five seconds that the museum might explore death rituals from cultures around the world, or perhaps have a section discussing afterlife myths, then save yourself those five seconds. This is a "museum" dedicated to the pop-culturification of death or at least gory subject matter. From movie posters to schlock TV shows to tabloid magazines.

Most of the guests were goth teens and twenty somethings dressed in black giggling at the displays. I'm not kidding. Your $17 is better spent being given to the half dozen homeless people littering the street just outside who look like they could be on display inside.
Written August 8, 2018
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Lindalou086
Sydney, Australia38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Business
We came across the Museum of Death via a brochure which was prominently placed in the lobby of a very upmarket hotel, along with air balloon trips, Getty Villa, etc.
The museum is in an easy to access location, right in the middle of Hollywood. It appears to be closed at first glance, but I think that is only to increase the sense of suspense that one gets knowing that the contents will be very graphic.
The front desk was manned by a fellow who couldnt be nicer. His hobby is writing to and visiting death row inmates to collect stories and artefacts for the museum, but he was cheerful and open, and happy to answer any questions.
Under the front desk is a very graphic photo of a man versus truck accident scene, which has resulted in, umm, some scattering. They have it prominently displayed to warn off those people who can't cope with difficult photos. By the end of our visit, I was left contemplating the fact that the front desk photo was tame in comparison to the museum contents! They have a lot of artifacts and letters from serial killers, including an infamous John Wayne Gacey clown portrait. they also have a very interesting exhibit on the history of the undertaking business in the US, and on the practicalities of embalming.
Much of the remainder of the museum, however is devoted to the most gruesome, graphic photos imaginable. They include murder scenes, mortuary and post mortem photographs, photos from the black dahlia case, famous suicides....
The photos were on one level interesting, particularly in relation to illuminating the truly horrible things people regularly do to each other, but I left feeling faintly voyeuristic and greasy, like I was looking at things that were no business of mine. I suppose that the museum illustrates the fact that there is no privacy in death.
Overall, if you are interested in death and happy to view disturbing material, you will very much enjoy the museum of death. If you are not sure about your stomach- probably not.
And by the way, the owner told me that people pass out here on a fairly regular basis.
Written September 27, 2011
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