Iconic Cursed Objects That You Can See in Museums

Museums are often regarded as repositories of history and culture, showcasing artifacts that offer insight into the past. However, not all of these artifacts have a warm & fuzzy past. Instead, they are shrouded in mystery and tales of misfortune and tragedy. And as you can probably guess — I am talking about cursed objects. As lovers of dark and quirky tourism ourselves, we can’t help but feel fascinated by these unusual objects. And if you’re feeling the same way, here are some of the most iconic cursed objects that you can see in a museum.


The Basano Vase

The Basano Vase, also known as the Unlucky Vase, is a mysterious artifact that is said to bring death and destruction to its owners. According to legend, the vase was crafted in the 15th century by an Italian artist for his bride-to-be. Sadly, tragedy struck before the wedding could take place. Since then, the vase has been passed down through generations, leaving a trail of death and despair in its wake. Today, the Basano Vase is housed at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.

The Dybbuk Box

The Dybbuk Box is a small wooden cabinet that is said to be haunted by a malevolent spirit known as a dybbuk. According to Jewish folklore, a dybbuk is the soul of a deceased person that is trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead. The Dybbuk Box gained notoriety in the early 2000s. It was listed for sale on an online auction site, with numerous descriptions of paranormal activity. Since then, the box has been acquired by Zak Bagans, host of the TV show “Ghost Adventures.” But don’t worry, you can see it at his Haunted Museum in Las Vegas.

The Chair of Death

The Chair of Death, also known as Busby’s Stoop Chair, is a wooden chair that is said to be cursed by the spirit of its former owner, Thomas Busby. Legend has it that Busby cursed the chair before he was executed for murder in 1702. He vowed that anyone who dared to sit in it would meet a grisly end. Over the centuries, numerous deaths and accidents have been attributed to the cursed chair. Which caused its removal from public view. But not for too long! If you’re feeling brave, you can see it at the Thirsk Museum in England.


The Egyptian Sarcophagus of the Unlucky Mummy

The Egyptian Sarcophagus of the Unlucky Mummy is a relic from ancient Egypt that is said to be cursed by the spirit of its occupant. According to legend, anyone who disturbs the mummy’s resting place will be cursed with misfortune and death. The sarcophagus gained notoriety in the 19th century when it was excavated by archaeologists and brought to the British Museum in London. Since then, it has been blamed for a series of accidents and tragedies, leading some to believe that the curse is real. The Egyptian Sarcophagus of the Unlucky Mummy remains on display at the British Museum.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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