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Hollywood museum wants to 'educate visitors about death'


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Hollywood museum wants to 'educate visitors about death'

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Welcome to the Museum of Death, in the heart of LA’s famed film district.

It is home to all things death-related, including what it claims is the world’s largest collection of serial murder inspired artwork.

Other artefacts include photos of the Charles Manson crime scene and the guillotined severed head of the Blue Beard of Paris.

Founders J. D. Healy and Cathee Schultz started the museum back in the mid-nineties to share their own collection.

“The Museum of Death is a museum dedicated to death that incorporates everything from serial killer artwork and letters, execution videos, mortician devices, famous crime scene photographs, skulls, body bags, suicide – anything that you can think of about death, we have it here,” says Healy.

The museum’s 45-minute walk through begins with the ‘Serial Killer Archives’ section, which contains newspaper articles, letters and artwork related to serial killers like the infamous ‘Killer Clown’ John Gacy.

Next is the ‘Execution Room’. An electric chair sits next to a real severed head, which belonged to Henri Desire Landru, a French serial killer beheaded by guillotine in Paris in 1922. Also in the ‘Execution Room’ are articles on Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh and photos of executed killer Ted Bundy.

Founded in 1995, the museum was originally located in San Diego before moving to Hollywood. Its founders are keen to point out that the museum is not about horror but about educating people about death.

Although there is no age limit to gain entry to the Museum of Death, they strongly recommend mature audiences only.

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