Wilmington, North Carolina: Museum of the Bizarre

Among the bizarre items: a Possessed Clown, Bigfoot Imprint, Houdini's Ouija Board, and Alexander Hamilton's Hair. It's the collection of tattoo artist Justin LaNasa. Opened in April 2015.

201 S. Water St., Wilmington, NC
Downtown, on the east bank of the Cape Fear River, on the southeast corner of S. Water and Orange Sts. Entrance is on Orange St.
Daily 11-8 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $3.
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Museum of the Bizarre.

Museum of the Bizarre

How can you not go into a place with that name? This is a museum that opened in early 2015. We visited just six months after opening and, while still going through some growing pains with a smallish collection, it's worth stopping by.

It has lots of items that are not all that bizarre. Civil war stories are in one section, movie props in another cabinet, then some local history next to that. Around all of that are the bizarre items: lots of animals in jars (some with deformities), a unicorn horn in a case, a large mock-up of a Masonic ritual, a diorama of a local witch legend, and a full-size mermaid. As its motto says, "Of course it's real."

The museum is a nice change from the endless art shops and clothing stores along Wilmington's riverfront; it really is bizarre to find a roadside attraction among the upscale cafes and tourist shops in this district.

Note: They only allow photos in designated picture areas.

[James Hite, 09/01/2015]

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