Tonight I was saddened to find out that the Freakatorium – Manhattan’s freak museum – or as it was also referred to, El Museo Loco, closed its doors. 

Ok, so I am a little late to the party here. It closed in January ’05. I told you I don’t get out of the basement much!

I was preparing to write this post, looking back fondly on the day spent there with the best of friends (hi Ron, checking to see if you are reading). I googled it to get a link for this post and there it was. This sad announcement of its closing.

What a loss. This place rocked. It is the place where Gary bought one of his favorite T-shirts, Zoma the Canibal. Yes, they misspelled it on the shirt. See.

I am pretty sure that I had to ask him to take that shirt off at least once. Maybe we were going to a kid’s birthday party, or worse, Open House at the kid’s school. It is a great shirt though, don’t you think?

Back to the merits of the Freakatorium. It was a tiny little storefront shop really. Squeezed in between a tragically hip eatery and a corner Bodega on the then gentrifying Clinton Street. This place had it all.

Here is a list of the few amazing items of oddity that were housed within its frankly creepy walls:

Pictures of Jo Jo the dog-faced boy

An authentic living, breathing 2-headed turtle (no joke, I saw it move around)

Sammy Davis Jr.’s glass eye

A conjoined twin pig fetus (ew, ew, ew)

See for yourself. This vid is a tad long but Johnny Fox is so weird and wild in a John Waters sort of way. I could not help but watch it to the end. Must admit that parts of it were a little bit liking staring at the accident.

Too much free time?


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Filed under humor, museums, places of interest

6 responses to “Freakatorium

  1. jflorin

    I’m sorry that the freakatorium closed down before the Beverly Hillbillies rolled in a few weeks ago. (For those of you that aren’t familiar with the beverly hillbillies, that would be my family!) I’m sure Mr. Fox would have appreciated some of my material. Oh well, maybe I could start my own freakatorium? Now there’s an idea for a new business.


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  3. yikes. not my cuppa tea – fascinating as it is!. but the hub loves this stuff. I’ll have to ask him if he ever went as a kid.

  4. Ry

    Wow! I really wish I had known about this place before it shut down. Sounds right up my alley! That shirt is freakin’ hilarious!

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