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Coming soon: A museum dedicated to Mary Shelley and ‘Frankenstein’

The immersive experience in Bath features an eight-foot recreation of Frankenstein’s monster

By Rosie Hewitson
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This June is a monster anniversary: it will mark 205 years since Mary Shelley began writing her gothic masterpiece ‘Frankenstein’ while residing in the English city of Bath. It has been called the world’s first science fiction novel, and has sparked generations of literary imitators and classic horror movies. And now visitors to the historic city in Somerset will get to dig deeper into Shelley’s iconic monster novel at a brand new, ‘Frankenstein’-themed experience.

With ‘interactive multi-sensory environments’ spanning four floors and bursting with unusual artefacts and vintage objects, the immersive attraction aims to give people an insight into Shelley’s often dark and tragic life story.

Venturing down into the dank foreboding basement, horror fans and literature lovers can learn about the unhallowed practices of Shelley’s deranged scientist Victor Frankenstein, as well as coming face to face with an eight-foot recreation of his monster. (It’s based on Shelley’s description in the novel, so it might look a bit different to the green-skinned Halloween version.)

The attraction opens on June 30 and it’s hoping to become a major draw for staycationers paying a visit to Bath over the summer, offering a creepy counterpoint to the genteel Jane Austen vibes usually associated with the city.

Bit of a Franken-stan? Book your tickets now via the House of Frankenstein website to be among the first to visit the spooky new attraction. Just maybe don’t drop by during a lightning storm…

Check out our ultimate guide to Bath for more staycation inspiration, and check out the 10 most haunted places in the UK.

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