So I’m pretty sure most of you would of heard of Zak Bagans Haunted Museum situated in Downtown Las Vegas by now?
If you’ve not (Then where have you been, seriously?) It’s a paranormal museum that was opened in 2017 by Ghost Adventures Host and Star ‘Zak Bagans’. The Museum is set in a magnificent 1938 mansion which boasts 30 eye catching rooms and each hold extremely mysterious items that Zak has collected over the years.
The museum doesn’t claim that every item on display is Haunted, in fact, that was one of the first things that we were told at the start of the tour.
Being a paranormal investigator myself, this is a place I have wanted to visit since the very first day it opened it’s doors. It took me two years to finally get there, I decided to visit whilst I was on a two week vacation in Vegas for my 30th birthday.
In fact, I actually visited ON my birthday, pretty cool, right?
I’d heard a lot of mixed reviews about this place but I guess it’s pretty much the same with any other location. You’re always going to receive some good reviews and some bad.
I think the main thing that struck me was reading that a lot of people believed the museum to be made up fully for entertainment purposes, and I’m not gonna lie, I was half expecting that myself. Meaning, for everything to be over dramatic, stories of demon’s and ghosts shoved in your face from every angle.
WELL I can happily say that now I have visited, that it’s certainly NOT like that at all.
People who know me know that if I have got something to say then I will downright say it, I don’t hold back and if I thought this museum was total BS then I would call it, no matter who runs it or how big it is.
On this occasion though, you won’t be seeing any of that from me and I can certainly see why it was recently awarded the best attraction in Vegas, this place is NO JOKE.
I arrived pretty early around 12.30pm before the museum was due to open at 1pm. I’d done my research and know this place can get pretty busy! (That and I really didn’t want to be standing out in the sun for a long time because I legit would have died. UK girl can not hack that Vegas heat, Sheesh!)
We didn’t have to wait around for long before the gates were opened and we were asked to stand in line. I actually got to meet Angry Joe which was pretty cool. He came around with the waivers for myself and my group to sign. Yes, that’s right, the rumours are true, you DO have to sign a waiver.
Though after going inside, I can kinda understand why now.
Don’t ask me what was on it as I legit didn’t read it, I was too excited to get in, I probably signed my life away to Zak or something so that he can have possession of my body for one of his display cabinets when I die.
WHO KNOWS? It was worth it though.. I think!
Oh and can I just say that Angry Joe was actually a really nice guy, I must have missed the angry that day! 😉
ANYWAY mooooooooooooving on…..
After all of the waivers had been signed and collected we were split into a small group of around 9-10 people and the tour began!
Now I’m not going to go through every single little thing that happened as I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone else that may be visiting BUT I will be talking about some of my favourite experiences and highlights of the tour.
So, there may be some spoilers ahead!
The Dybbuk Box Room
Now by this time, we’d probably already been on the tour a good half an hour or so and myself and a few others had already started to feel a little ‘indifferent‘ as we’d moved from room to room to check out the different items on display.
My dad who was with me, prior to entering this room actually felt like a hand had slid down his back, he described it as ‘being able to feel the fingers trail down his spine‘ – My dad is normally the quiet type and he’s been on many investigations with myself and it’s extremely rare for him to speak up and say he’s felt something, so pretty much from that moment I knew he was legit.
Not only this but we also had a sceptic with us who’d also felt something tug on his bag on the way around.
This is also someone I know very well and as far as I know he’s never had anything like this happen to him before.
I recall feeling a little ‘out of place‘ at times, sometimes I felt entirely with it and other times it didn’t feel as if I was actually in the room, but instead, watching from a distance.
The dybbuk box was one of the items I was most looking forward to seeing. I really didn’t know what to expect when entering the room as the energy from the entire museum was already completely off the scales. It really does have its very own vibe.
Thankfully in the dybbuk room I had felt absolutely fine, although others had mentioned feeling dizzy when we were inside. I had gotten pretty close to the glass and checked out the box whilst the lovely tour guide began to tell us a little more about it.
It was definitely one of the awesome items of the day and PS, It definitely needs to be opened and if it does get opened, can I come? (Ehh, worth a shot right?!) Haa!
The Devil’s Rocking Chair
One of Zak’s newer items if of course the The Devils Rocking Chair which many of you will remember has links to Ed and Lorraine Warren and you can see a snippet of what it was used for in an upcoming Conjuring franchise movie!
I was REALLY excited to see this.
Again, a tour guide had taken our group into a small room and myself and my mom were at the very front. The Chair itself is kept inside a small kind of ‘cupboard‘ which was on the wall in front of us. Before we saw the chair a brief video was played of Ed Warren as he spoke of the chair and during the reveal they played the actual exorcism tape.
Now as the door opened (and I am being completely honest with this as it still bothers me to this day) I’d felt a massive burst of energy fly towards to me, so much so that I actually leaned back a little as it was quite forceful.
With being a paranormal investigator I’m pretty use to this feeling and I knew that it was energy coming from the object, I think it was just the sheer force of it that had kinda caught me off guard.
Funnily enough, nothing was said and later that evening, My mum said to me ‘I really didn’t like that chair, I felt this massive gust of energy fly towards me as the doors opened‘
I think my exact words were ‘Mom, you gotta be shitting me!‘ as I too then went on to explain it had also happened to me. We’d both been stood side by side and directly in front of the chair as the door opened.
That’s definitely an experience I am NEVER going to forget.
I’d legit give my right arm to investigate that room.
John Shaw – Freak Show
It was great that in between of seeing all of these items that some amazing humour and entertainment had been thrown in too! I think that’s awesome!
You gotta have a sense of humour doing this entire thing otherwise you’d actually go insane!
Well, I say a sense of humour, if your idea of fun is having a bunch of clowns jumping out at you and each one saying ‘Happy Birthday‘ in a creepy voice along the way…
Good thing it’s definitely my idea of fun and I’m not gonna lie, one of them did actually get me pretty bad and I screamed my head off. It’s still funny though.
Inside, Zak has a kind of ‘Carnival, Clowns and Freak show‘ thing going on and this entire floor smelt of popcorn.
Upon going into the room with John Shaw, I was kinda picked on a little bit as it was my birthday and taken to the front. The next thing I knew this guy had taken a drill out (YES A DRILL) and was drilling himself in the nostril and I was just like …. cool.
Whilst my mum proceeded to try and not vomit in the corner (lol)
It was quite interactive too. I had to hold a kind of ‘Jug‘ of water shall we say and then John, just a few inches away from my face now decided to stick hooks in his lower eyelids which also had chains dangling from them, I then had to fill the bucket at the end of these chains with the water so he could swing it from side to side using just his eyelids…
So yeah, thanks John! Awesome birthday.
Been dreaming about you for a few weeks now and those sexy eyelids.
Haha! But on serious note, it was really fun! and definitely a birthday I won’t be forgetting in a hurry! That’s for sure.
Sharon Tate’s Wedding Dress
Inside this room, Zak has a kind of ‘dead celebrity‘ memorabilia section. This was actually the room I had my first ‘profound’ experience in.
I was actually stood with my back to Sharon Tate’s wedding dress and I felt someone tap me on the shoulder a couple of times, as if to try and get my attention.
So much so that I actually thought it was my dad or something, but as I turned I realised that no one was there, in fact, everyone was stood in front of me. I’d instantly turned to my mom and told her what had happened. I have no idea who or what had tapped me on the shoulder or why, all I can say is that it definitely happened. I didn’t feel uncomfortable or threatened in any way, I genuinely just felt like someone was trying to get my attention.
Overall this room is pretty cool, it has a whole bunch of celebrity memorabilia.
Again They did state that not ‘everything’ is haunted or said to be haunted. Even if it’s not, it’s a really amazing collection, that along with all of the serial killer memorabilia too, which by the way, also has it’s own room…
I actually saw Charles Manson’s teeth and a few more of his personal belongings as well as his ACTUAL ashes and bone fragments. Zak also had items that relate to John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy as well as MANY more.
Ed Geins Cauldron
Now as mentioned at the very beginning, Zak’s museum has over 30 rooms and each have been designed to match the items that it holds.
Ed Geins however was my overall favourite.
The design hits you as soon as you walk in and it depicts a barn. It’s dark and eerie sounds as well as a red lamp above really add to the atmosphere.
All of the tour guides were fantastic, we had a new guide for each location in the museum and all were very informative and the tour inside the cauldron room was no different.
We were filled in of the gruesome details behind this item and it was shortly after that’ it felt like someone had stroked my leg.
I was wearing a dress that day as it was absolutely scorching outside, so the feeling of someones hand on my leg towards my thigh area was a little unmissable. Again, I was not stood by anyone at all and I was more towards the door as for some reason this room made me feel very dizzy and a little sick. So much so that I stayed by the door incase I had to run out and find the nearest bathroom!
I gotta admit, this room did freak me out. I didn’t like it at all.
It looked great, but the general energy and atmosphere was a big no.
The Demon House.
As many of you know, Zak had the the former ‘Demon home’ bulldozed to the ground but he did keep certain remains of it, such as the staircase and some dirt from the basement.
All of this you can now see and experience in his museum.
This was another room I didn’t particularly enjoy. We were shown a brief video once more in regards to the story and documentary Zak had made and soon after the slats on the walls around us were removed and we were actually standing in the middle of the Demon House exhibit.
Both me, my mum and another person in our group instantly got the smell of sulphur.
Their generally was not a nice feeling but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it felt ‘evil‘ because it didn’t, It was more like a sadness. My mom also picked up on a damp smell, almost as if everything in there was very old.
Sometimes it’s hard to explain our feelings which is why you definitely need to go and check this place out for yourself.
Would I recommend it?
As stated when I first started this blog, I’m not here to BS anyone and I genuinely did have some experiences here.
I think it’s a great location and has some amazing authentic items, each of which can be backed up with legitimate history.
The tour guides are very informative and we were given ample time to check everything out. The tour runs for around an hour and a half (approx) but I think we was in there a little while longer.
I really thoroughly enjoyed my experience and it made it an awesome birthday. Massive thanks to Zak and his team who should all be very proud as it’s a great museum!
I would definitely recommend a visit if you’re ever in Vegas…
I’m already planning my trip back!
As a review I’d give this place a 10/10 and it certainly deserves all of the success it’s been receiving.
This place is legit if you want some place spooky cool to visit whilst in Vegas!
Until next time,