Zak Bagans, the professional and world renowned ghost hunter and more famously, the host of Travel Channels Ghost Adventures, has taken his love of all things creepy and has come to downtown Las Vegas with the opening of his very own Haunted Museum.The museum is housed at 600 E. Charleston Blvd inside the historic Wengert house which back in 2016 was categorized as an official landmark by the city’s Historic Property Commission. Shortly prior to this classification, the home was purchased by Bagan’s media conglomerate, Hellfire Media, which is the same company behind the hit TV show. Bagans has taken the home and converted the first floor into Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum.
Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum History
According to a published interview, Bagans says he always wanted to find a place to house his growing collection of haunted and creepy artifacts.
But locations in Vegas were hard to capture the essence of what he wanted to do with these pieces of history. That was until he found the Wengert residence which he describes as the perfect place to share his massive collection.
It serves as a comprehensive and encapsulated synopsis of his darkest thoughts and creepiest artifacts.
The property was built in 1938 for Cyril and Lottie Wengert. Cyril was a famous Las Vegas developer known for bringing many commercial establishments into the Las Vegas area that still exist today.
He was a prominent figure in the growth and development of the Las Vegas. The sprawling two-story home left the Wengert family in the 1970s and served as a law office and home of the Nevada State Bar until Hellfire Media made the purchase.
It was classified as a landmark mainly due to the social and economic influence the Wengert family had on the history of Las Vegas.
Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum Artifacts
The next chapter in this home’s storied history invites the creepy, haunted and odd history of some Bagans’ hand-picked artifacts from his time spent traveling the country on Ghost Adventures and his other hit show Deadly Possessions.
One room is solely dedicated to the display of antique porcelain mechanical dolls that you can hear clicking and clacking as you walk through the room. They silently watch you as you watch them. Walk through a hallway that is covered with nothing but skulls in glass cases and it sets the scene for the next chapter of odd and creepy that you’re about to embark on.
The human mummy tucked the top of the staircase observes you like an expired watchman.
Bagans has spent the last two years building and organizing his collection to fit seamlessly into the home. It serves as a tribute and depository for the multitude of stories and artifacts he has amassed over the years.
Some of the items in the house include the famous Bela Lugosi’s cursed mirror as seen on Deadly Possessions.
The mirror was housed in Bela Lugosi’s home. In 1982, a man was murdered inside the home and the mirror was the only witness to a crime for which the killer was never found.
The mirror traumatized others thereafter with some witnesses testifying that an entity came through the mirror and actually bite down on their necks.
Other items of haunted, creepy and mysterious realms are located throughout the mansion including a bullet-holed Nazi and Charles Manson’s bloody hand-print and the artwork of one of the most notorious serial killer’s this country has ever seen, Richard Ramirez, also known as “The Night Stalker.”
He would break into the homes of his California victims in the middle of the night to rape and torture them. In total there were 25 victims over the course of two years. “The night Stalker” killed 13 of those 25 victims.
It was a rampage that captivated a nation and gave new meaning to the expression “sleep with one eye open.”
For Bagans, it’s important to capture the essence and feeling for each of these items. The rooms where these items are tucked away are essential to the visitor’s connection.
They must feel the energy of these items and thus connect to their haunted or just downright scary histories. It’s a sensory experience into the supernatural and unknown.
It about setting the mood which he does with razor sharp precision as you walk through the halls and see oddities such as old carnival equipment and a miniature amusement park hand carved by an artist sometime in the 1940s.
You look and almost envision being trapped inside a haunted merry go round with no end in sight.
According to published reports however, there is one part of the house he refuses to even venture himself. The dreaded basement.
In the 70s, satanic rituals were housed down in the basement and indicates the presence of trapped spirits that are still lurking about the house today.
💀He did confirm in a published report that several people over the years have actually died in the home.
For Bagans that simply made the location even better than before.
But now, he says, the basement is strictly off-limits.
But for lovers of murder and haunted history the place can get downright weird as you walk through the property, you can see famous items such as Ed Gein’s shovel.
Gein was a notorious killer from the 50s through 60s who claimed the lives of two women.
But aside from that, Gein is more known for going into graveyards at night and digging up recently buried corpses to taking them home with him to fashion their bodies into trophies.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s Van
Another notable item in the museum is the van of Dr. Jack Kevorkian. According to court records, Kevorkian lived in the van for several years and performed many of his more than 130 assisted suicides inside the actual van, including his first ever. Janet Adkins, his first assisted suicide patient died inside this van in 1990.
Zak Bagan’s Haunted Experiences
Zak Bagans’ plan in life wasn’t to spend time chasing and investigating the paranormal and supernatural until one day in 2003 when he reportedly saw the existence of ghosts first hand while living in an apartment building in Trenton, Michigan.
According to Bagans, every night at 3:00 a.m. he would hear the voice of a woman personally calling out for him. By the sixth night of this occurrence he was practically expecting to hear it again and again. But that night he felt something a little different.
This time he felt someone on his back. Initially unable to move, he eventually got up, and that’s when Bagans says a spirit or mass dashed across the room. Intrigued and downright curious at this point, he ran outside in the parking lot of his apartment complex.
He later found out that, prior to Bagans hauntings, a woman committed suicide at 3:00 a.m. in a penthouse bathtub across the road, leading him to believe the entity was this woman.
That experience lead him on a lifelong quest to prove the existence of ghosts and the paranormal.
That journey comes full circle at The Haunted Museum where you can see the collection of Bagans’s creepy, odd and haunting experiences for yourself.
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Listings Near The Haunted Museum
While Visiting The Haunted Museum Check out These Creepy Places:
Bonnie Springs Ranch: One of the most haunted places in Las Vegas, and featured on Ghost Adventures, testimonials of spirits are everywhere here. Witnesses say that they feel physical presence of people in empty rooms and have heard unexplainable sounds throughout the property.
The Sandhill and Charleston Tunnels: These flood control tunnels in recent years have the site of many documented hauntings. According to reports, a young couple riding on a motorcycle died in the tunnels. Some have made the bold claims that these are the most haunted of all sites in Las Vegas often hearing footsteps and loud whispers throughout
Oasis Motel: This motel was the site of two celebrity deaths just months apart from each other. People have checked in here just to kill themselves. Actor David Strickland and world famous poker champion Stu Unger both hung themselves in this motel.
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