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“Fascinating and well cared for MUSEUM with a passionate owner”

Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery
Ranked #9 of 84 things to do in Salem
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: WE HAVE MOVED to 217 Essex Street in Salem! This cinematic Monster museum is dedicated to all those who have entertained us in the world of Horror, Fantasy and Sci-Fi! Actors, directors and special effects wizards of the past and present are all honored here with over 60 life-sized realistic recreations of the horror's genre's most memorable characters. With NEW yearly additions it is safe for all. During OCTOBER, the monsters come to life making Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery Salem's Scariest Haunted house but during the rest of the year, the monsters are quite calm and won't move at all. See you soon!!! Be sure to CHECK OUR CALENDAR on our site for times to best enjoy your visit!
Reviewed August 10, 2014

I will try to describe objectively what I saw and what I understand this to be and what it isn't.
C-O-N-G IS a MUSEUM and NOT (usually) a haunted house. It appears that most of the lesser reviews refer to its short season of being a haunted house - I can't speak to that.
As a MUSEUM, I was fascinated by slowly walking through the displays and stopping to read the information placards as the owner encourages you to do as you enter. There were tributes to a great mixture of classic (Mummy, Frankenstein, Dracula, Nosferatu, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Etc,) intermingled with contemporary (Freddy, Jason, Pumkinhead, etc.). Many of the characters are set in scenes from their movie with significant props and details. In all fairness some are stand alone but space is limited and well used. In between displays there are many classic and current photos of stars from the movies. Some of the pictures include the owner with the star and he can recall when he met each one and happily shared the encounters.
So here's a summary ... it IS a Museum with a "curator" like any other museum. If the horror movie genre is of interest, I believe this is an excellent STOP. It is NOT an all day event but read, look, and "use" the curator, he has a vast knowledge of this field making this a fun an interesting visit. It is NOT huge but IS very tastefully done and well maintained. I am certain that for sake of marketing a ton a "filler" crap can be added to make it seem as thought there is more there; it is obvious that the owner's intent here is quality over quantity. Do not go to Salem just to see Count Orlok's but definitely see Ct. Orloks if you are in Salem.

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Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

If your into the old scary classics, then this is the spot for you. Me & my friends really liked it alot because where big movie nerds. The gallery was very nice and very realistic everything right on point. I think its worth it.

Thank Valeriee_Rodriguez
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Reviewed August 6, 2014

Count Orlok's is perhaps the best haunted attraction in the City of Salem, The detail work in the museum is very impressive, and the range of items is outstanding! Any horror fan or film buff will love this place!

Thank JChrisQuint
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We paid fo three tickets to visit Count Orlok's monster museum. The tickets were a little pricey for what you get (about 15 minute walking tour). The tour is self guided and is probably just like the other pop-up monster museums in the area. I will say the quality of the monster pieces was very impressive. However, for the price we paid to get in, why not allow customers to take photos? We all know what Frankenstein and the Wolfman look like, and no one is stealing any trade secrets. Let customers get the full experience and take selfies with the monsters and we'll post them and FB and Twitter and spread the word about your cool museum. That was the only frustrating thing about the tour... everything else was fine

Thank Bob D
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Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Visited on 8/2/14 and at first thought it was pricey, but my teenagers were fascinated by the old scary movies that I knew about but they did not. We made plans now to watch them together. Good trivia listed in each exhibit and the likeness of the creatures was great.

Thank Richard T
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