Top Gothic Museums

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When you visit other countries, you don’t just have to settle for the usual types of museums. If you search far and wide enough, you can find many that are exciting and interesting for any type of gothic fans.

For example, if you are near their neck of the woods, you can always try to visit

The H.R. Giger Museum – Gruyères, Switzerland

The guy who somehow became a channel for nightmares to emerge from a paintbrush. H.R. Giger, most famous for his design of the Xenomorphs from Alien, has a whole museum devoted to his twisted and darkly brilliant works up in Switzerland.

If you are used to H.R. Giger’s standard biological machine style, you might also be surprised to see some of his more traditional paintings here. This makes the Museum one of the key places to go if you really want to understand his level of genius.

One of the key places to visit in this museum is actually the cafe/bar. You are still surrounded by all of the stylings of H.R. Giger. Makes the perfect romantic date location for that very special partner.

Morbid Anatomy Museum – Brooklyn, New York, United States

This is a great place to go if you are the kind of person who much prefers to have your imagination ticked than read descriptions of what exhibits are of and what they mean.

Want to see a collection of taxidermy animals? Or skulls? Or Victorian death masks? Then you will find the right place here.

However, do be warned that the space is quite small. One way to make sure you are not disappointed is to check what workshops are on. That way you can really make a day of the museum, and discover great things about the past ways of healing, preserving, and honoring the dead.

Mütter museum – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

If you are after something similar to the Morbid Anatomy Museum, but with a lot more exhibits, then you might be very very interested in The Mütter Museum. Despite the German name.

A full medical museum, the Mütter museum collects and displays a variety of different oddities, including cast cats and collections of the effects of various different skin diseases.

Other than Einstein’s brain, perhaps the most famous exhibit you can see in the Mütter Museum is the “Dr. Joseph Hyrtl’s Human Skull Collection.” Which, yep, is exactly what it sounds like.

Museum of Witchcraft – Cornwall, England

If you are a pagan, Wiccan, or simply interested in these theme, the one museum you have to see before you die is the Museum of Witchcraft up in the picturesque Cornwall.

There is no better way to find out more about the witch trials, the past, and the present, of the occult. Okay, so there is a tiny bit of a British focus throughout the whole museum, but on the whole, it’s a way of experiencing a side of things you might have not experienced before.

The museum also boosts a (smaller) collection of items relating to Satanism, which is displayed in it’s true meaning as opposed to the Hollywood style of satanism.

(Header Image By Artur (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr)

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