Discover the Museum of Death
The Museum of Death in New Orleans’ French Quarter is the macabre sister museum to the original Museum of Death in Hollywood. It is dedicated to showcasing artefacts and exhibits related to death and dying, including everything from funeral art and antique mortuary equipment, to serial killer memorabilia and images of real-life executions.
The History of the Museum of Death
The original world renowned Museum of Death was founded in 1995 by a couple who were fascinated by the history and culture of death, and felt that education on the topic was significantly lacking.
In March 2015, a second location opened in New Orleans, expanding the museum's reach.
Inside the Museum of Death
The museum's collection includes a wide range of artefacts, from crime scene and car crash photos, to exhibits on terrorism and cannibalism. There is also a display of shrunken heads, the Jack Kevorkian suicide machine, and videos of autopsies and real life death footage in the Theater of Death.
One of the most popular exhibits in New Orleans is the "serial killer room," which features photographs, letters, and memorabilia from some of the most notorious serial killers in history, including Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy. The museum also has a number of exhibits on famous deaths, including the death of Princess Diana and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
In addition to its permanent exhibits, the museum also hosts a number of special events and programs, such as lectures and workshops on topics related to death and dying. There is also a gift shop, where visitors can purchase souvenirs and books related to the museum's collections.
The New Orleans Museum of Death is a unique and intriguing destination, offering a macabre glimpse into the world of death. It is a must-see for true-crime enthusiasts, aspiring historians, or anyone interested in the darker side of the human condition– but it's not for the faint hearted!