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Paranormal Books and Curiosities & Paranormal Museum

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Address: 627 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712-7103
Phone Number:
+1 732-455-3188
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Thu - Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Paranormal Books & Curiosities is proud to host The Paranormal Museum...

Paranormal Books & Curiosities is proud to host The Paranormal Museum (located adjacent to the bookshop). The Paranormal Museum is a small, storefront museum, in the tradition of "Roadside America" attractions. It houses a collection of historical and educational exhibits that explore the unexplained myths, legends and folklore that permeate our culture, dot our history books and continue to defy explanation in our world, despite all the advances of science and modern technology.The Paranormal Museum was created for the purpose of exploring those mysteries that remain in our modern world of science and reason. It is a showcase of all that exists in the borderland betwixt imagination and reality. The exhibits featured in the Museum bring to life the myths, legends, folklore and superstitions through genuine artifacts and artful interpretations. Visitors to the Museum are invited to explore the real life history and diverse culture woven into the fabric of each unsolved paranormal mystery. In the end, it is up to each of us to decide what is a fantasy and what could be truly possible.What is "paranormal" exactly? Paranormal is a term that encompasses everything in our world which lacks true definition. A dictionary explains it as "events that can not be readily explained, by known conventional reasons and/or commonly accepted science". Exhibits:Timeline of the Paranormal- From ancient days to yesterday, paranormal events have been recorded, learn of the most exciting and most mysterious...The Jersey Devil- Fact? Fiction? Something in between? Vampires...Werewolves..A spirit contained in a cauldron...All of these wonders are currently on display. We are not The Met, we are The Paranormal Museum.

For Ghost Tours at the Jersey Shore check out our Ghosts and Legends of Asbury Park Walking Tour with Paranormal Books & Curiosities! Explore secrets of the Jersey Shore with a lantern-led walk through Asbury Park's historic downtown district. Travel back through history to witness the birth of the city, visit the scene of a ghastly crime and uncover the truth behind some of Asbury Park's most infamous ghosts. All tours feature local legend, history as well as results from Paranormal BC hands on ghosthunting expeditions. These tours do require a reservation, make yours today!

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Spooky Local History & A Lot of Fun

We did a Friday night tour and museum combo. Our tour guides did a great job, and were kind enough to let us tour the museum and shop after the tour even though they were... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2014
Laura R
Erial, New Jersey

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Paterson, New Jersey
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4 reviews
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Interesting, but not much content. The exhibits and merchandise need to expand. Still, it's a "must" at the Jersey Shore.

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ParanormalAP, Owner at Paranormal Books and Curiosities & Paranormal Museum, responded to this review

Hi John! First I want to thank you for your visit to Paranormal Books in June! I am sorry you felt our content was insufficient. i encourage you to email your suggestions to me, Kathy Kelly at kathy@paranormalbooksnj.com so we can improve the experience for future visitors. Thanks again- PBC More 

Erial, New Jersey
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We did a Friday night tour and museum combo. Our tour guides did a great job, and were kind enough to let us tour the museum and shop after the tour even though they were officially closed. Check them out!

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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Visited the museum this past August with my friends who are into the paranormal. We loved that it was only $5 for the museum. The display area is very small and not a grand museum. You need to take your time and read all the displays because there are quite a few interesting things that you would miss. The entrance... More 

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Toms River
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

Fun and funky place to visit and shop. The Museum is a cool little place and worth a look. The Ghost Tours are awesome!!!

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Reviewed 26 November 2013

I can't say enough good things about this place. The museum is so interesting and the walking tours are even better. So when my husband and I got the chance to attend a séance, I couldn't have been more excited! It was one of the most interesting experiences my husband and I have ever had. I tell anybody I meet... More 

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west milford, nj
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

So far I have been on 3 paranormal investigations with Paranormal Books and Curiosities. Each one of them have been an amazing experience with some weird stuff happening. Each of the times I attended was at Eastern State Penitentiary. Prior to this, I was a skeptic and questioned whether or not the "ghost hunting" shows on TV were real or... More 

1 Thank Brian K
New Egypt, New Jersey
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We've been to several "Beyond the Veil" Seance's at Paranormal Books and it has always been a lighthearted enjoyable evening. We always had someone in our group have a connection or message from a loved one. It was a very nice evening hearing messages that only our loved ones would know. It can just blow you away. If you have... More 

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Northwest New Jersey
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We've been there a few times. I particularly enjoyed the ghost walks through Asbury Park. We'll definitely go back.

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New Jersey
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Visited this shop after dinner nearby. It has some very unusual displays and items. But it was a neat visit. And of course if you into the paranormal, etc, it may be worth a visit.

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toms river
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

Stopped in the paranormal museum again this past weekend. it is a fun thing to do and to learn some new things! they have some cool new objects- and i especially love the time line! it was a fun thing to do while walking around asbury park- and a great deal for $5 bucks. also like the ghost hunting stuff... More 

2 Thank sh0regirl

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