United States: The Roswell UFO Museum
114 North Main Street, Roswell, New Mexico
Roswell, N.M. earned its paranormal reputation in 1947 when a flying object, reportedly a flying disc, crashed down in a nearby ranch. The story has since made Roswell a must-see tourist destination for those looking for an out-of-this-world experience. The museum, opened in 1992, displays a comprehensive history of the so-called "Roswell Incident," including a timeline of events, information about conspiracy theories and an alien prop from the 1994 TV movie, Roswell: The UFO Cover-Up.
England: The Museum of Witchcraft
The Harbour, Boscastle, Cornwall
Get a lesson in witchcraft by taking a visit to the world's largest collection of occult-related artifacts. With regularly updated displays, this museum presents a history of magic and witchcraft, from ancient times to present-day practices. Items on display include ancient divination tools, magical roots and herbs, and even cauldrons. The museum library also houses more than 3,000 books related to the occult.
Canada: Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Ever wanted to take a close look at a shrunken head? How about a two-headed animal? With more than 700 weird exhibits on display, Ripley's Believe It Or Not! is the place to be for the freakiest of freaky adventures. Whether you stroll through this museum's outlandish galleries, take in a film featuring daredevils braving a ride over the falls, or get lost in the interactive displays such as the Wax Zone, where you can make a wax model of your hand. It's up to you whether or not you can believe your eyes. But one thing is for certain – Ripley's is fantastic fun for the whole family.
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United States: Coney Island Circus Sideshow by the Seashore,
Coney Island Amusement Park, 1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
The Coney Island Sideshow claims to be the last traditional circus sideshow in the U.S., where you can see a program of 10 performers for one admission price. Established in 1985, this show of human curiosities has a long history of showcasing the wild and wacky – some of the most renowned sideshow performers, including Melvin Burkhart the Anatomical Wonder, have graced its colourful stage. Step right up until the last weekend in September to see all the sideshow classics, from snake charming to fire eating and sword swallowing.
United States: The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
724 Dumaine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana
Stocked with paraphernalia from around the world, The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum is the place to go for an introduction to the history of this ancient practice of folk magic. Those wanting to take an extra step into the world of this mysterious tradition can sign up for walking tours that uncover the history of voodoo right on the streets of New Orleans. This museum also offers on-site readings and "spiritual services" involving custom-made spells and blessings.
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