Zak Bagans developed a profound interest in the paranormal when he was just 10 years old, scouring nearby garage sales and working at his Mother’s antique shop in search of odd and spooky collectibles. In 2002, He had experienced a life-changing encounter in Trenton, Michigan when the spirit of a woman made contact with him in his apartment. He would later learn a woman took her own life in his bathroom right before he moved in. This inspired him to make the Ghost Adventures original documentary in 2006.
His fascination with the unusual evolved into a life-long pursuit for answers about the afterlife, not merely through the study of earth-bound energy, but also through years of science-based research using a multitude of specially engineered equipment to measure fluctuations in the environment… more specifically, to communicate with the dead. His series, Ghost Adventures, is the longest running paranormal series in the world and is currently airing on Discovery Channel and MAX.
Now a pioneer in the paranormal field, Bagans is giving everyone a chance to experience the spine-chilling vibe of the spirit world at the new Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum located in downtown Las Vegas. Bagans’ has used the museum for various other TV Series of his including: Ghost Adventures LIVE, Ghost Adventures: Quarantine, Food Network’s Halloween Wars, Deadly Possessions and anthology series The Haunted Museum produced by Zak and Eli Roth.
The 13,000-square foot property built in 1938 was originally owned by prominent businessman Cyril S. Through the years, hostile spirits — family members who passed away there and whose energy remains — have been rumored to roam the halls terrorizing past occupants. Dark rituals that took place in the home’s basement during the 1970s were also verified by the home’s past owners. Bagans describes his museum is “the spirits of the mansion called to him to put this paranormal puzzle together”. Waivers are mandatory due to the countless amounts of dark activity occurring with guests on a daily basis.
Paranormal enthusiasts visiting Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum venture down creepy winding hallways and secret passages into more than 30 rooms that rival scenes from Hollywood horror films, setting the stage for frightening facts about each paranormal piece, such as the Dybbuk Box known as the world’s most haunted object. This vintage wine cabinet inspired the movie The Possession and is said to house a malicious spirit. Shortly following its arrival, mysterious protruding holes began to appear in the walls around the artifact as if something was trying to break out from within the exhibit. A Las Vegas marketing executive and Bagans both witnessed a black-cloaked figure pass through the exhibit’s closed door during a private tour. This has also been seen by multiple guests and staff at the museum.
Among the hundreds of terrifying possessions, museum-goers can even peek inside the VW death van in which Dr. Jack Kevorkian ended the suffering of terminally ill patients as well as get a close-up look at the “Propofol chair” from Michael Jackson’s death room.
Perhaps most unsettling is the original staircase from the Indiana “Demon House,” notorious for its powerful paranormal activity before being demolished in 2014. The wooden banister and creaky steps from the house now stand in a dimly-lit corner, resting on a blanket of dirt from the location. During its installation, a group of construction workers ran out of the building and refused to ever come back.
You can learn all about the haunted collection in the current series airing on TRVL Channel and streaming on MAX and discovery+, The Haunted Museum.