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“Keep walking!”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Zanadu's Museum of Curiosities - CLOSED

Zanadu's Museum of Curiosities
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New Paltz, New York
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34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Keep walking!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

This museum is a giant waste of money. Once you scale the staircase up, you are immediately charged admission with no description of what you might see, or what you are paying for. After paying 6 $ per person, you see a bunch of hoax like displays. Abraham Lincoln in an open casket? The ruby red slippers? A dead Alien in a coffin? A two headed cow head? A mine shaft? A statue of Elvis? I'm sorry.. did I pay to see this stuff? Seriously? There is an interesting display of things made from popsicle sticks, but it's not a 6$ per person attraction. It's popsicle sticks. There is also a handwriting/personality analysis for 2$, but once you do it, they give you a print out that is a graph. No written description of anything. I would not go back. Im sorry I went in the first place.

Visited June 2013
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English first
Dolgeville, New York
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Enjoyable!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

We went to Zanadu's Museum in August of 2012. The entire family enjoyed seeing the
unusual items. Was priced right and there was no pressure to leave, we stayed for a while. The large popsicle stick structure which is in Guinness Book was very cool. That day we were there we actually did meet the man who constructed the castle, "Steve" I believe was actually there and we got to take a photo with him! We have been to Lake George many times and it was good to see a new attraction.

Visited August 2012
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Berlin, Connecticut
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“The TOP attraction to avoid in Lake George!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

My family and I visited Lake George in August 2012. We had seen a pamphlet advertising this new museum, and our seven-year old daughter was quite interested in their claim of Titanic relics, so we made sure to stop on our trip down Canada Street. Zanadu has several nearby competitors, but few of the oddity museums seemed appropriate for our family: parents, a 14-year old, the aforementioned seven-year old, and an eighteen-month old baby. Due to our daughter's intense interest in the Titanic exhibit (and if you have kids, you understand what an intense interest a child that age can exhibit), we approached the museum, which is located on a second floor. After climbing the steep and narrow stairs, we reached the apex of humbuggery located within.

We noticed a large, friendly "NO REFUNDS" sign near the cash register by the entrance, and, respecting the right of businesses to refuse returns, we decided it was better to ask the attendant a few questions before pressing on, unsure if the museum was appropriate for our family. Our younger kids are not particularly brave with this sort of thing, and haunted houses and wax museums located on Canada Street were absolutely not their thing. My wife, baby in her arms, asked if the museum was appropriate for young children, and the somewhat Eastern European attendant assured us (we assume she had seen the tender age of our children) that it was "not scary at all."

The walk-through exhibit of the two-room museum begins with a display of popsicle stick art, not the kind kids bring home from summer camp, though-- there are several really big and intricate structures made from popsicle sticks. They claim the World's Largest Popsicle stick structure, but the Guinness people disagree. Regardless, the structures at Zanadu are impressive.

The walk-through moves on into the larger, rear room, about the size of a decent living room, where the meager bulk of the exhibits are located. To our horror, the room featured, visible from all corners of the room, a model of Reagan from the Exorcist, as played by Linda Blair in the film. It was a model of the demon-faced little girl from the scariest part of the film's climax. Needless to say our seven year old was petrified and the baby wailed. There were also models of the Alien from the film franchise of that name, and a model of a shopworn zombie.

We tried to take in the rest of the exhibits, with our son blocking the sight lines, but it became quite an embarrassing scream-fest. There are some remarkably well-done replicas: a replica of a suit worn by "Ronald Regan," and a replica of one of Elvis' jumpsuits from his later "Navajo Ice Cream Man" phase. These were mounted on appropriately sculpted mannequins. There was a collection of replicas of items from the Lincoln and JFK assassinations, and there was the case of replica items from the Titanic. We could not get my daughter calm enough to see the Titanic replicas, so we then we rushed out.

As we careened at top speed down the stairs, we were lucky enough to encounter another family with young children ascending the stairs. We gave them the low-down on the exhibits, and they, wiser than we, turned heel and made for a better museum. Since Zanadu's offers neither good advice nor refunds, I consider us even after this family wasn't similarly defrauded.

As to the quality of the exhibits, I would like to note that a replica of JFK's suit is, in fact, better described as "man's suit, 1960s" and a replica of an Elvis jumpsuit would be more properly tagged "Halloween costume, twentieth century."

If one were interested in grammar, spelling, and history, the exhibit tags were a delightful display of hilarious mistakes.

I would suggest this museum for those with extreme interest in popsicle stick art. And those interested in replicas of common items.

It cost about thirty dollars for our four-person (and one infant who was not charged IIRC) to visit, albeit briefly, Zanadu's Museum of Replica Curiosities.

Visited August 2012
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Watertown, Connecticut
Level Contributor
36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Unique Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Not sure what to expect, but enjoyed it! This is a small museum with some neat items you don't see everyday; was even treated to some magic tricks in the gift area. If you are expecting high-tech type of stuff then it's not for you. However, if you enjoy history and taking your time to look at unusual things, then this is the place!

Visited July 2012
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Lake George, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“very cool and entertaining”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

Zanadu's Museum of Curiosities is just what Lake George needs! This mystical place is very different from all the other haunted houses in lake george. it has very interesting life size people and cool facts about stuff found out a long time ago! it also has a shop where you can buy like magician stuff. me and my friend love going here again and again!

Visited August 2012
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