Dark Tourism

To put it simply, dark tourism is considered tourism in places that have seen death and suffering.

History is full of places that would be considered dark tourist spots, from the Colosseum in Rome to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.

These are the dark tourism spots we have visited, usually with children. We have visited these spots in connection with their history and not out of any ghoulish interest (especially because my kids are definitely not what you would consider super-brave). They heard the story of Annabelle the evil doll from a school friend, saw the YouTube movie trailer and wouldn’t sleep alone for a month.

We would consider our foray into these type of historic sightseeing dark tourism lite.

Prisons and Detainment Centres


War-Related Places


Memorials and Museums