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Museum of Death, New Orleans

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The World Famous Museum of Death was founded in June, 1995, originally located in San Diego's 1st mortuary in a building once owned by Wyatt Earp. Evolving from the controversial art gallery the Rita Dean, founders JD Healy and Cathee Shultz realized the void in the death education in this country and decided to make death their life's work.

Reopened in Hollywood, California, the Museum of Death houses the world's largest collection of serial murderer artwork, photos of the Charles Manson crime scenes, the guillotined severed head of the Blue Beard of Paris (Henri Landru), original crime scene and morgue photos from the grisly Black Dahlia murder, a body bag and coffin collection, replicas of full size execution devices, mortician and autopsy instruments, pet death taxidermy, and so much more!

In March of 2015, the Museum of Death expanded its reach by opening a second location at 227 Dauphine Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. On display, you will find similar substance as the flagship location in Hollywood, with the addition of cornerstone pieces like the Jack Kevorkian suicide machine! You can browse through more than 3000 square feet of taxidermy, skeletons, serial killer art and letters, crime scene photos, car crash photos, exhibits on terrorism and cannibalism, a great display of shrunken heads, and a gift shop full of specimens, t-shirts, and all the other goodies your heart might desire!

Also on display are videos of autopsies and serial killers, and in our Theater of Death, the infamous Traces (not Faces) of Death video, all real (not re-enacted) death footage.

The Museum of Death is a self guided tour, lasting approximately 45 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on your level of interest, but those who can stomach it may stay as long as they like. The movies run for hours.

There is no age limit for the Museum of Death, because WE ALL DIE, but we STRONGLY recommend MATURE AUDIENCES! There have been a number of falling down ovations (people passing out) at the museum (mostly men)... so we stress that you should be prepared for a good dose of reality!

Admission to the Museum of Death is $15 per person.

*Senior, Military, and student discounts are available with ID
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  • We went here to look at the collection of death. It is located in the outskirts of the French Quarter, but easily in waling distance of all the main attractions. We spent about a hour looking at the m...  more »
  • All things related to dearth makes for an interesting and twisted day! Great displays and definitely not for kids.  more »
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  • Very interesting museum. The owners of this location also own one in LA, and they said they often switch things between the two. I enjoyed coming in and looking around. There are letters from killers, newspapers, news casts about it, shows, movies and so much more that goes in depth. The tour is self guided, and I think it is worth the time and effort to come in. It is off the beaten path, and I would love to come back.
  • It's a quaint little museum. Easily done in half an hour, though there was enough ephemera to stretch that to an hour or so if you read everything. Lots of novel artifacts and bits of serial killer history. The sheer amount of letters they have is astounding, and I would have liked to have stayed longer. The staff was extremely pleasant and friendly, and was quick to offer help and assistance.

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