Get Spooked: Creepy Places Around the World
Collected by AFAR Editors, AFAR Staff
Forget the neighborhood haunted house tour with the bales of hay out front—these destinations, mostly associated with crime and punishment and icky history, will give you the goosebumps you seek. Visit at the risk of nightmares.
19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
There’s truly no other place in the world like this unique and disturbing museum. It’s probably best that photography is strictly prohibited inside, because that might spoil the bizarre surprises that wait for those who haven't been...
This fascinating museum is located in a former farmhouse in the small village of Hólmavík along the east coast of the Westfjords. As well as positing some interesting facts (most of the witches in Iceland were men, for...
Leipziger Pl. 9, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Spy Museum Berlin traces the global history of espionage, with insights into "intelligence gathering" in ancient times and throughout the Middle Ages, up to the 20th century, with advancements in technology and the tensions of the world wars and...
415 Barren Springs Dr, Houston, TX 77090, USA
When you hear the name of this unusual museum—the National Museum of Funeral History—you can’t help but have a little morbid curiosity about what’s inside. The motto here is “Any day above ground is a good one,”...
300 Stewart Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA
Though the city isn't normally considered a go-to hot spot for history buffs, Las Vegas' past is steeped in organized crime; without it, the city would be a very different place than it is today. Throughout the years, money has been exchanged...
R. Augusto Rosa 42, 1100-059 Lisboa, Portugal
Neither the haunting quality nor the importance of this poignant museum can be understated. Housed in the former preferred prison of the Portuguese dictatorship, the museum chronicles the oppression, disappearances, coercion, censorship, torture,...
2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
What do Al Capone and Bruce Willis have in common? They both did time here at Eastern State Penitentiary. (OK, Willis wasn't an inmate, but he did shoot the film 12 Monkeys here.) The facility's first inmate was brought through these doors in...
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