Creepy dolls, ghosts tours and the ‘Creepatorium’ turn the St. Petersburg Museum of History spooky

The Creepatorium is open on Friday nights from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

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Things can get a little weird at the St. Petersburg Museum of History's Odditorium Gallery, home to a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy and a two-headed calf. And this October they're getting even stranger, as the museum transforms the Odditorium into the Creepatorium thanks to a super creepy collection of old dolls.

"[The] dolls date from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s and were made with a variety of materials, ranging from porcelain to papier-mâché, from synthetic compounds to human hair," the museum—which is located a 335 2nd Ave. NE in St. Petersburg—wrote in a press release.

The museum adds that the unknown origins of some dolls, like a marionette of a jester, makes them particularly eerily.

“Others are frightening by their features alone: sleeping eyes, ventriloquist mouths, and outfits which call back to the Victorian and Regency eras in which they were made,” the release added. And if that’s not enough, the Creepatorium also has a religious flail, blood elixir, human skull, a two-headed chicken and a Victorian mourning gown that invokes museum visitors from long ago.

The Creepatorium is open on Friday nights in October, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. More information is available via spmoh.com, and in regards to COVID-19 safety measures, Rui Farias—Executive Director at St. Petersburg Museum of History—said “We are monitoring developments and keeping in contact with city and county officials to ensure we do what is best for the health and safety of our members, visitors, and staff.”

After your Creepatorium stop, get to know St. Pete's dark side with St. Peter's Ghosts' tour, a 90-minute stroll through downtown St. Pete, stopping at three pubs and six historic sites.

At the time I wrote this, there were only 12 spots left in the October ghost tours, so hurry up and get your ticket at stpetersghosts.com. Tours depart from the St. Petersburg Museum of History at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $25; kids 12 and under free; price includes admission to the St. Petersburg Museum of History (redeemable at any time).

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