Since 2013, the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult, the world’s only mobile museum full of haunted, cursed, and supernaturally-significant artifacts, has been fascinating thousands of people around the world while preserving paranormal history. Now, you can join the museum and help that work continue on an even bigger scale, while getting exclusive access to rare artifacts, private events, and more.
Founded by long-time paranormal investigators Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews, known for their work with Week in Weird and appearances on Finding Bigfoot and Kindred Spirits, the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult is the culmination of two-decades of explorations in the strange and the unexplained. With artifacts like The Dark Mirror, The Idol of Nightmares, and a plank from the real-life Amityville Horror house, the museum has quickly become the highlight of paranormal events from California to Maine and everywhere in between.
In the last year alone, the roving museum of haunted artifacts has become such a source of fascination that The Independent, one of the largest newspapers in the UK, named The Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult one of the five weirdest museums to visit in 2017.
Now, for the first time, The Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult has launched a special program aimed at funding several groundbreaking research projects – including a massive 3D scanning initiative – while giving members special behind-the-scenes access to artifact notes, unreleased evidence, and monthly shipments of exclusive goodies. Those looking to help the work conducted by TMPO can even choose to join the museum’s advisory board, which nets its own perks, including 3D printed models of the artifacts and a private event at a haunted location.
“When we’re putting on an exhibition, one of the questions we get the most is, ‘how can I help the museum?'” said curator Dana Matthews. “People are always suggesting we put a donate button on the website or launch a crowdfunding campaign, but we really wanted to do something that gives our supporters something of value in return. Becoming a member of the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult strikes the perfect balance between funding the museum’s big, ambitious projects and giving members a tangible piece of those efforts back.”
It’s safe to say that the launch has been a huge success. At the time of this writing, the museum’s membership program has only been live for six days yet has already met four of its six goals for the year, including the addition of five advisory board members, of which only ten seats are available.
Some of the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult membership perks include:
One of the coolest membership levels, though, is the Magic of the Month Club, where museum founder Dana Matthews sends supporters hand-made packages tailored for that month’s specific theme. Whether for luck, love, prosperity, or protection, her favorite crystals, hand-crafted incense, and other magical goodies will arrive at members’ doorsteps each month with instructions.
Museum founders Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews with Paranormal Lockdown’s Nick Groff
Nick Groff, creator and star of TLC’’s Paranormal Lockdown (as well as Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures), has experienced the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult’s work first hand, and was one of the first people to become a museum member.
“I’ve been amazed by the paranormal evidence we’ve gathered around these unique objects,” Groff said. “The evidence is so bizarre and weird that it always leaves me wanting to investigate more. If you have the chance, you must experience the full effect of the museum in person.”
With upcoming television appearances on TLC’s hit series Paranormal Lockdown, Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum, and Maine’s immensely popular series Haunt ME, the curators of the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult are bracing for their biggest year ever.
“We’re really excited about the future of the museum and the effect its been having on not just our own research, but the research of all the paranormal investigators we get to meet and work with every year,” Dana Matthews said. “We’ve already got the year mapped out, and if everything goes according to plan, we have one museum project that will literally change how everyone investigates the unexplained. There’s no going back after that.”
Museum curators Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews during a paranormal research experiment
The curators are referring to their master plan as “The Initiative”, a project that ties all of their previous goals together in the “biggest, most ambitious experiment” they’ve ever designed, one where “the payoff won’t just change the way the general public researches haunted artifacts, it will change paranormal investigation as a whole.”
As it stands, membership has totaled half way to the goal set for “The Initiative” launch.
Those looking to become members of the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult can learn more about the perks of each membership level and the museum’s goals by visiting the official Patreon page at www.patreon.com/paramuseum.