Rising from the Ashes: The Museum of Death Resurrects in Hollywood

The infamous museum reopens its doors in Hollywood with a grand reopening, showcasing a macabre collection like no other.


After a tough couple of years, fans of the bizarre, the horrifying, and the simply intriguing can once again find solace in Los Angeles as the Museum of Death resurrects in Hollywood. With its original location in Hollywood closed and its sibling site in New Orleans as the primary focus, the owner of the Museum of Death, JD Healy, now declares that the Hollywood gates are ready to open once more.

Once More into the Abyss

Originally stemming from Healy’s art project about consumerism, the Museum of Death has had quite a journey. It was born from an interest in death-related artifacts and the human fascination with mortality, leading Healy and his wife, Cathee Shultz, to amass a unique collection. This macabre exhibition is now set to awe, intrigue, and perhaps unsettle, visitors once more at its new Hollywood home.

An Unusual Exhibition

On entering the newly reborn Museum of Death, visitors are greeted by a dark red floor and a series of haunting light boxes, which frame crime scene photos from the notorious Black Dahlia murder of 1947. The chilling ambiance set by these initial displays continues throughout the museum, encompassing infamous California stories such as the Manson Family murders and the Heaven’s Gate mass suicide.

A Lifetime of Collections

Healy and Shultz have dedicated their lives to building their singularly grisly collection. They frequently receive items from fans and collectors, and they’re always on the lookout for unique artifacts. Among the recent additions is a detailed painting of Swift Runner, a Native American cannibal, meticulously completed over 18 months by artist Joe Colman.

A Testament to the Living

As visitors wander through the Museum of Death, they will also find a number of preserved animals. Among them are the owners’ own beloved pets – Buddy the dog and Chaos the pig. As Healy puts it, “I’ll never miss them, because they’re always here with me.”

Beyond Hollywood

The Museum of Death is not only resurrecting in Hollywood but is also planning to spread its eeriness to the north, with a new branch planned for Seattle. The Museum of Death continues its mission to bring the concept of mortality to the forefront, inviting audiences to contemplate and learn about the one universal truth that binds us all – death.

In the words of Healy, “People who are afraid to die are not living.” Whether to satiate curiosity, face fears, or simply experience the weird and the wonderful, the Museum of Death invites all those willing to step into the unknown.

Morgan Snyder

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