A recent romp through St. Augustine's "Old City" yielded a fun new surprise this past weekend. With a retro Carnival of Horrors Wunderkammer Collection vibe and promises of horrors, oddities, and antiquities to behold within my friend and I knew we had to run in and pay our $5 to experience Wolf's Museum of Mystery post haste!
I loved the novel concept, nearly everything within was for sale, all artfully displayed as exhibits to behold within a large two story 1890 Victorian home, believed to be legitimately haunted. Who could resist such glorious signage proclaiming to "Buy, Sell, and Trade the Unusual"? My dream come true.
The kitschy early 1900s style decor is perfection, it recalls the nearby Ripley's Believe it or Not museum. Nearly everything you see has a price tag on it.
It's fun to explore the huge collection of cultural oddities, morbid art and books, and antiques. One of my favorite items (besides a Silent Hill movie prop!) was a World War II era tiki girl lamp. I've got a thing for tiki bits. Really loved the antique ouija boards above, too!
Upstairs there's a mini "movie theatre" that can be rented by small groups- totally must try that someday. It was very cozy and littered with horror movie memorabilia, including a wall of photographs signed by horror legends.
A small room connected to the theatre contained the creepiest space I've EVER seen. My friend and I couldn't even fully walk in. The photos are from me walking in half-way.
Just look at those photos! I would never spend the night in that room alone, and I love horror movies! The Exorcist is the scariest movie in the world for this traumatized raised-catholic horror fan.
As a huge fan of the Silent Hill video game series I loved being able to touch an actual prop from the movie; for the record, the only thing I like about both movies is the art direction. Plots sucked, neither scared me in the slightest...but still! The fangirl within me lit up.
This is a complete dedication to the macabre: a room dedicated to Lizzie Borden, a Victorian lady that got away with murder simply because it was unheard of for a proper Victorian lady to commit such horrors, limited edition books on serial killer Wayne Gacy, Fantastic exotic Ouija boards and movie memorabilia galore.
If you're ever in the area and have an appetite for the bizarre definitely check this out out while you're strolling the "most haunted" city in the USA. I'll definitely be back and want to rent that mini movie theatre for a horror movie showing! In a city known for it's wilting "haunted" victorians, ancient graveyard and ghost tours, this is a welcome addition.