Zak Bagans developed a profound interest in the paranormal when he was just 10 years old, scouring nearby garage sales with his mom in search of odd and spooky collectibles.
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.
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.
The 11,000-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. Some long-time Las Vegans even claim dark rituals took place in the home’s basement during the 1970s.
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. Following its installation, a group of construction workers walked off the job and refused to come back.
You can learn all about the haunted collection filmed in its entirety at the museum in Ghost Adventures – “Artifacts” on Travel Channel.