With Halloween just around the corner, here are 10 spooktacular museums bound to send chills down your spine with their creepy exhibits:

Pitt Rivers Museum, United Kingdom

Famed for its tsantas, or shrunken heads, the Pitt Rivers Museum displays these morbid and terrifying specimens as part of the Treatment of Dead Enemies exhibition.

Taking a walk through this museum certainly isn’t for those with a weak stomach, but it gives an insightful glimpse into the traditions and customs of the Shuar and Achuar people.

Where: Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, USA

This historic museum in the French Quarter displays real medical artifacts from the 1800s, with creepy and strange items like leech jars and voodoo potions.

It’s also believed to be haunted by the original owner, who was rumored to have performed human experiments and voodoo rituals.

Where: 514 Chartres Street, New Orleans

The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, United Kingdom

The oldest operating theatre in Europe, you can see the original eerily somber structures and macabre, almost barbaric, equipment. With medical innovations being relatively inferior, patients, who were usually poor and female, frequently died on the operating table.

Where: 9A St Thomas Street, London

Siriraj Medical Museum, Thailand

Siriraj Medical Museum © MikeCurran/Flickr

As much a learning experience as it is an entertaining creepfest, the Siriraj Medical Museum—also known as the Museum of Death—is an off-the-beaten-path destination worth visiting when you’re in Bangkok. Exhibits include photos of murder victim autopsies, mummies, and preserved deformed stillborn infants. Truly, it’s a museum only for people with strong stomachs.

Specimen at the museum © Trip Savvy

Where: 2 Wanglung Road, Khwaeng Siriraj, Bangkok

Catacombe dei Cappuccini, Italy

These catacombs in southern Italy are home to over 8,000 corpses and over 1,000 mummies. If you are one of those daring enough to visit, you must see the remarkably well-preserved body of Rosalia Lombardo. Dubbed the “sleeping beauty,” the body of the 2-year-old girl shows barely any signs of decomposition, even almost a hundred years later.

Mummy of Rosalia Lombardo © marwilgeo/Flickr

Where: Piazza Cappuccini, Palermo

Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, United Kingdom

Set in the idyllic village of Boscastle is the well-revered museum dedicated to witchcraft and magic. Much of the exhibits display Freemasonry, Wicca, and Alchemic artifacts, but there is a small part featuring Satanism as well. The fascinating history on display is also an important storytelling of paganism in Europe.

Objects on display © Civilian Global

Where: Boscastle, Cornwall

Medieval Crime Museum, Germany

The crime museum is somewhere you probably would be more than happy to not try out the exhibits for yourself. Featuring all sorts of weapons and devices of murder and torture, one can only imagine the pain and agony those devices had inflicted. Kind of makes you think about how cruel humans can be.

Displays at the museum © James Oleson/Flickr

Where: Burggasse 3-5, Rothenburg

Clowns Gallery-Museum

Those with coulrophobia like myself should avoid this place at all costs. Undoubtedly one of the scariest things to ever exist, a museum devoted to clown costumes and memorabilia is the stuff of nightmares. However, the museum has temporarily closed and is looking for a new location.

Where: TBD

Vent Haven Museum, USA

Vent Haven Museum collection © Vent Haven Museum

Yet another museum dedicated to a terrifying horror movie icon, the Vent Haven Museum is the only museum (thankfully!) that is dedicated to ventriloquism. Expect almost 1,000 marionettes on top of the hundreds of ventriloquial memorabilia.

Watch out, it’s much easier for Chucky and Annabelle to blend in here!

Where: 33 W Maple Ave, Fort Michell

Warren’s Occult Museum

The inspiration behind cultural phenomenon that is The Conjuring Universe, the late Ed & Lorraine Warren, and their real-life paranormal cases built this museum of occult objects. Home to the notorious Annabelle doll, the objects in the room are all said to be cursed, and visitors are sternly advised not to touch anything.

The notorious Annabelle doll © Blasting News

Unfortunately, the museum has closed temporarily and is currently looking for a new home.

Where: TBD

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