While THE CONJURING 2 haunts theaters this weekend, we here at Blumhouse.com want to give you a glimpse at the Warren’s real-life Occult Museum. It was seen in THE CONJURING as the room where the demon-possessed doll Annabelle currently resides, but the museum itself contains many more objects from various Warren cases.
The Warrens began their research in 1952 and decided to open the museum in the early 80’s, after their collection of haunted objects began to accumulate. It lies in the basement of the Warren home in Monroe, Connecticut, and contains haunted artifacts and images taken from their cases and exorcisms. Some objects were gifted to the Warrens because of their reputation within the paranormal community.
It’s dubbed the “oldest and only museum of its kind” by Ed and Lorraine. They boast that their occult museum is home to the largest variety of obscure and haunted objects, and many of the items are dangerously evil.
Among their collection is the infamous Raggedy-Ann doll, Annabelle, which was featured in THE CONJURING and ANNABELLE. The doll looks nothing like the one shown in the films, but it is just as deadly. Annabelle sits behind an enclosed case, illuminated in red light. Above the case is a crucifix to shy away the evil, and a sign below it that reads “Warning: Positively Do Not Open.”
The Warrens are convinced the doll is behind the death of a museum visitor who provoked Annabelle to inflict him harm. Moments after leaving the museum, the man got into a fatal motorcycle accident.
While Annabelle is certainly the most famous entity in the museum, there are other objects that are just as terrifying. Another doll featured in the museum is the Shadow Doll. The Shadow Doll reportedly visits people in their sleep like Freddy Krueger, and it has the ability to stop one’s heart.
It stands just a few feet tall, covered in a black cloak and has a head full of feather-like hair. Its beady eyes appear to be peering into your soul, as its mouth remains open in a permanent scream. This doll looks more frightening than Annabelle, but it remains out in the open, free to haunt anyone who touches it.
At the entrance of the museum you are greeted with shelves of skulls and candles, as well as a conjuring mirror. The mirror is used for summoning spirits, and just maybe, a bit of evil can slip through too. Shrunken heads and voodoo dolls smile in the dim-lit room, as a skeleton sits in a chair holding a Ouija board on his lap.
Ed’s ominous paintings depicting demonic possessions hang high for all to see, while a Satanic idol stands tall underneath. The idol was discovered in the Connecticut woods, and its lanky body is topped off with a horned head.
Nearby are the remnants of “Ghost Flight 401” on display. The plane crashed in 1972 in the Florida Everglades, and over 100 people were killed. Some believe that the cause for the crash was a phantom spirit. Although, investigators insist there was a mechanical issue at play.
The museum also houses Egyptian curses and mummies, cursed objects from Africa, and contains death curses! A vampire’s coffin used by a modern vampire awaits you while a haunted organ that plays by itself rests in another part of the room. Signs warning visitors not to touch anything are scattered throughout the area, presumably to prevent people from becoming possessed or haunted.
All of the paranormal articles can be seen by anyone, because the Warren home is open to visitors on special events. Paranormal enthusiasts are guided through the museum, and given a peek at Warren case files as well as a history behind the museum’s items.
The museum is full of countless haunted objects taken from cases all over the world. The amount of evil energy residing within the home must be palpable, and entering the occult museum should be done at your own risk. Being present among malevolent spirits can make you a target to their wicked wrath. Do you dare enter?
This article was originally published on Blumhouse.com.