Inside Hollywood’s grim Museum of Death where guests pass out at mummified heads

Hollywood’s bonkers Museum of Death is so grisly some guests pass out within ten minutes – and that’s before they get to the Charles Manson exhibit.

Visitors who brave the severed heads, celebrity autopsy pictures, and looping snuff films can even buy formaldehyde-treated hearts as part of a special Valentine’s Day promotion.

The museum’s secretive operators claim to own the world’s largest collection of serial killer memorabilia – with one room dedicated entirely to depraved cult leader Charles Manson.

Now squeezed between a nightclub and a seedy massage parlour on Los Angeles’ Hollywood Boulevard, the museum relocated to Tinseltown in 2000 after being booted out of their San Diego HQ by a disapproving landlord.

The mummified head of French serial killer Henri Landru leers from a glass case (Image: Wikipedia)

Reclusive owners Cathee Shultz and J D Healay have even made arrangements for their corpses to go on display when they die – with Cathee planning to be mummified while her husband is pickled in a formaldehyde jar.

The pair set up the museum’s first iteration in a former mortuary after needing somewhere to house their massive collection of letters from serial killer pen pals.

Their original building in downtown San Diego was believed to be haunted by a mortician who shot himself in the head at work – and a bullet that passed through his eye remains lodged in the roof beams to this day.

A collection of deformed animals are preserved in formaldehyde jars

The Hollywood Boulevard version opened on Halloween in 2000 Schultz and Healay converted the site from a former Mexican restaurant.

Today, a framed letter from cannibal sex beast Jeffrey Dahmer takes pride of place in one alcove, while the severed head of French serial killer Henri Landru leers from a glass case in the atrium.

Other exhibits include antique morticians’ tools, a baseball bat owned by Carles Manson, and electric chair.

The museum sits between a seedy massage parlour and a nightclub

Photography is completely banned, and some of the exhibits are so closely-guarded that pictures can’t be found on the regular internet.

One such display is a morbid collection of celebrity autopsies – including Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe and assassinated US president John F Kennedy.

Among the museum’s legion of morbid fans is Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris – who once claimed to have visited the “awesome” museum ten times in the space of a year.

Memorabilia from various autopsies remain on display

Speaking before the museum’s Los Angeles opening in 1999, Cathee said she wanted it to “make people happy to be alive.”

She added: “You need to shock people to get their attention in our society.

“Death isn’t bad. We all do it.”

Manager Erek Michael joked: “We are extremely upfront about the graphic content contained within and always make sure that people acknowledge, and are okay with that before entering.

“The vast majority of people do just fine, and as we like to point out that nobody has ever lost their life while here – unlike Disneyland!”

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