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Paranormal Books and Curiosities & Paranormal Museum

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Address: 627 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712-7103
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+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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I look forward visiting AsburyPark and taking part in a Seance at Paranormal Books several times a year...Always an Awesome Evening...Kathy is great and has many events... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
New Egypt, New Jersey
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New Egypt, New Jersey
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

I look forward visiting AsburyPark and taking part in a Seance at Paranormal Books several times a year...Always an Awesome Evening...Kathy is great and has many events throughout the year... Can't wait for my next trip and Seance ❤

Thank 339Dee
Brooklyn, New York
1 review
Reviewed 13 February 2017

I've been coming to this museum/store for a few years and there is always something new to peruse. Their book selection is tremendous, and their items for sale are fun and unique. Where else can you walk out with a Sasquatch air freshener, Edgar Allen Poe mints, a book on seances, and Tillie drinking glasses? The owner also throws special... More 

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Marlton, New Jersey
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Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

We drove over a hour to visit this bookshop, before coming I researched and their website says they are OPEN during their move- (they are relocating a few shops down) and we went there and there was a paper on the door saying CLOSED. We stopped in the store next to it and the lady explained alot of people have... More 

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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I took this tour the other night. It was fun and informative. Our guide Shawn seemed pretty well versed in the paranormal lore of the Jersey shore community and was entertaining as well as educational. I have always been interested in the history of the area, and this gave us that, but with a little bit of... More 

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Freehold, New Jersey
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

Very cool tour! Loved hearing about the ghost stories, but found the history of Asbury Park even more fascinating!

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Brick, New Jersey
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Walked by the Paranormal store over the summer and saw that they offered ghost tours of Asbury and thought this would be the best birthday present for a Halloween loving friend. We had a group of 5 within the tour of 20 and learned a lot about the history of Asbury in the late 1800's to early 1900's. The bars... More 

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Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Very interesting tour, friendly guide. Quaint little store with some nice candles and books. I was only disappointed in myself because the store was so crowded before the tour I decided to wait until after the tour to purchase a book I was interested in not realizing the store would be closed by then. That's ok though it just gives... More 

Thank Amy C
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I grew up here. I knew of course there was history, but HISTORY! Wow! So loved this! Sean was just wonderful! Joe was too! They took us over the beginnings of a Shore town and the tragic endings of so many who lived and loved here. Some of them still are, even in death.This is a wonderful tour! Weather your... More 

Thank Sysco M
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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

I recently participated in the Wednesday night ghost tour of the AP Boardwalk. Our tour guides, Sean and Joe, were extremely knowledgable about all this history/ghost related and very friendly. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys learning about local history or is looking for an alternative to the usual night out.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

Visited the Paranormal Bookstore on a trip to Asbury Park and was completely impressed by the kindness of the owner and staff. Genuine customer service, which is rare in a world of false "how are ya' today" conversations from staff in most stores. If I am ever in the area again I will definitely come back and say hello. Cool... More 

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