Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wolf's Museum of Mystery: An Antique Store, Museum, and Haunted House Surprise


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.
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22 comments:

  1. Love St. Augustine and Must.Go.To.Wolf's. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. God...I'll be there on Monday spending the day there to celebrate my 1 year wedding anniversary with my hubby...and I know I won't go there! Ahhhh! I got the heebie jeebies just looking at the photos. I'm not cut out for horror! But thank you for sharing this! St. Augustine is right up the street from me and I rarely even visit...thanks for sharing this new find!

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    1. The scariest room is that Exorcist one, the rest are normal and tame. I highly recommend checking it out! Just avoid the creepy room. Congrats on the 1-year anniversary, St. Augustine is the best place to celebrate that.

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  3. Although I like skulls and Day of The Dead art, I don't care much for blood and horror and I definitely have a problem with people making money off of serial killers. That Gacy stuff creeps me the (expletive) out!

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    1. Yeah I agree on the odd worship of serial killers. I love horror movies and blood, you will not see me making shrines to real life horrors, though.

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  4. This is so cool, I love the vintage items all around. And I trully envy the people in the pics on theirs shorts and sandals :P

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    1. The weather's been up and down, it's weather of extremes in North Florida. It was in the 80s this weekend during the day then in the 40s yesterday morning.

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  5. This is awesome!! I'm adding to our must-see list!

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  6. Catholic horror flicks are the scariest!

    I want that neon sign with the deer-headed woman---what does it say?

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    1. I wonder, hmmm... will have to go back and find out, can't tell in the photo. Awesome sign indeed! And yes, Catholic films scare me the most. Usually. -shudder- Anything on the subtle side is what haunts me at night like "Rosemary's Baby."

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  7. There are no shrines to serial killers but rather a " dark art" gallery. The overall theme is the real side of America thatpeople like to ignore or pretend doesn't exist. This place reminds us of it and few like it in the world. Disneyland is scarier to me!

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    1. Thanks, you explained it better than I could. I don't agree with some underground "worship" of infamous serial killers but I understand "dark art" and remembering the bad along with the good in life.

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  8. Holy crap, Van. Holy crap! You know me and my horror movies. This is a must-see attraction if I ever find myself in the area.

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting

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    1. Ripley's Believe it or Not, The Haunted "Herse" Ghost Tours (next on my list) are good ones to do if you're in the area, too. :D

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  9. very cool! I love old hanted houses and vintage Halloween stuff. I don't like the NYC area haunted houses though too sophisticated

    retro rover

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    1. I hear there's some excellent ones here in the South. I need to go to as many as possible this year, and maybe a Corn Maze romp, too? :D I loooove me some Halloween...

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  10. This place looks insane. I want to go. I am obsessed with oddities. My dreams are to go to NY and go to Obscura or go to the Mutter Museum in Philly. Looks like a road trip is in order.

    In Nashville, they just opened an oddities shop. I have only been there once, but it is pretty damned cool. Although none of the stuff is my personal aesthetic, (taxidermy and things in jars) I kinda wish it was.

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    1. I'm obsessed with oddities, too. Would love to open my own oddities shop/museum someday, hmmm... :D

      Damn him for taking my spot, I should be in that house! I keed, I keed.

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  11. This place looks amazing! I could spend all day in a place like this.

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    1. It was glorious. I'll definitely be back!

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