Pitt Rivers Museum

The Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford, England)Interior2013

If old-fashioned anthropological morbidity is your cup of tea, then the Pitt Rivers Museum is the place for you!  A variety of artifacts from cultures all over the world (think shrunken heads and preserved skulls) in a ridiculously claustrophobic collection of cases (just look at that picture if you don’t believe me).  Have a look at the collection of artifacts photographed by Morbid Anatomy here.

National Museum of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland (Dublin, Ireland)

Lauren recommends the natural history museum for the creepiness factor: “Ireland is a pretty creepy place in general. Everyplace you go there has some freaky historical fact behind it. I think that that the Museum of Natural history in Dublin was pretty creepy. All of the animals are on display in old fashion Victorian style. They all have a waxy appearance and I swear they were watching me! I enclosed some pictures of the exhibits there.”

Scary Monkey Case


Dublin Ghost Bus Tour

Dublin Ghost Bus Tour (Dublin, Ireland)

“You’ll see haunted houses, learn of Dracula’s Dublin origins and we’ll even throw in a crash course in body-snatching.” Sounds like a fun night out to me! (Link suggested by Joe Callis.)

This is also recommended by Kate: “I went on the Ghostbus tour of Dublin and it was genuinely frightening (but funny as well). I would recommend it to anyone who visits or lives in Dublin.”

Whitby Museum

Whitby Museum (Whitby, England)

The most popular attraction at this museum in the historic town of Whitby is a glory hand – the severed hand of a criminal. “There is one Hand of Glory which is stored at the Whitby Museum in North Yorkshire. It was found in an attic in a house in Eskdale. The hand was a greyish color. This color was the result of a preservation technique which involved the draining of the blood of the hand of a hanged criminal which had been cut off, and afterward using saltpeter and Lapland sesame to preserve it. The blood and fat the of the hanged man was then utilized to make a candle which would then be placed between the fingers of the Hand of Glory.” – House Shadow Drake
Is it any wonder that it’s the most popular item on display? Thanks to Amelia for the suggestion.

The Mary Rose

The Mary Rose (Portsmouth, England)

Riley suggested a trip to visit the Mary Rose – “Henry the Eighth’s overblown, top heavy ship (perhaps modelled on himself) which sank soon after launch and has since been raised”. (In all fairness, the Mary Rose sank 34 years after launch, which isn’t that soon.) The morbid aspect of the ship is that when it sank in 1545 it took several hundred of its crew with it. And lots of fascinating artifacts have been recovered from it, including syringes and bleeding bowls and other morbid little tidbits.

Tyburn Convent

Tyburn Convent (London, England)

Situated near the site of the infamous Tyburn Tree, the King’s gallows between 1196-1786, Tyburn Convent is dedicated to the memory of 105 Catholic martyrs who were executed here between 1535 and 1681. The actual Tree is no longer in existence, of course, but the convent is worth a quick stop to visit the crypt beneath the monastic church called Shrine of the Martyrs which has relics and mementoes of the martyrs, as well as a replica of the Tyburn Tree. Among the mementoes reportedly on display are bloodstained pieces of clothing, locks of hair, bone fragments, and even lengths of rope from the nooses! Twisted sisters, indeed!