“Home of Mandy the Doll”
I don't mean to alarm you, but I feel it's important that you know about North America's surplus of scary, haunted dolls. They're tucked away in museums, attics, antique stores, and the dark corners of your childhood basement waiting to chase you up the stairs after you've turned the light out. You've probably already heard of Fort East Martello Museum's Robert the Doll and even The Conjuring's infamous Annabelle at the Warren Occult Museum, but have you heard of Mandy the Doll? Mandy the Doll has been terrorizing the Quesnel Museum where she's been on display since 1991. The antique doll was already 91 years old when she was given to the museum from an unnamed donor, a donor who couldn't handle having Mandy in her house anymore. Why? Because Mandy had begun to do some very, very strange things. The owner began waking in the middle of the night to the sound of a baby crying, only there was no baby in the otherwise quiet house. The bizarre sound would echo up through the halls from the basement, and oftentimes was so loud it couldn't be ignored. Once the owner worked up the courage to investigate, she would only ever find an open window. The strange sounds were enough to scare her for good, and Mandy was given to the museum. According to the previous owner, once the doll was no longer in her house the mysterious crying stopped altogether. Once Mandy was put on display strange things began happening to the staff and volunteers at Quesnel Museum. Lunches would begin disappearing out of the fridge, only to be found later tucked into drawers. Pens, pictures, books, and display items began disappearing without a trace, many of which have yet to be found. In 1999 the Museum and Mandy were both featured in the book "Supernatural Stories Around British Columbia", and it took no time before people began visiting the museum to see the strange little doll, and new guests began having their own bizarre experiences with Mandy. Often times various batteries are drained completely in the presence of the doll. One guest even claims that Mandy caused the light on her camera to go on and off every five seconds, and then once she left the room it began working again. A number of times guests have reported that Mandy's eyes follow them around the room, and some even say she blinked at you when you're not looking. Mandy's even been known to move around on her own to different display cases. Mandy the Doll draws loads of curious visitors to the museum every year, for obvious reasons. And if you want to see her for yourself she's currently on display (along with thirty-thousand other items) at Quesnel & District Museum and Archives... just hope that she doesn't follow you home. -Roadtrippers There's more to the museum than just Mandy of course! There is always plenty to discover at the Quesnel Museum. Learn the secrets of "Mandy, the Haunted Doll." Listen to the stories of Chinese and First Nations Elders or visit a Sikh temple through interactive video installations. Meet the residents of early twentieth century Quesnel through the remarkable photographs of C.D. Hoy and C.S. Wing. Dress up in the children's activity centre or participate in a scavenger hunt.
One of the antiques at the museum is Mandy the Doll and she's sort of like Canada's version of Robert the Doll. Apparently she hates being around other display items, and has a history of hiding things that end up reappearing in some of the strangest places. The family who owned her before hand swear she would cry like a baby at night, and when they went to investigate nothing was there. The sounds however stopped once the doll was taken out of the house.
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