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Inside the Real Munster Mansion

The McKee's real "Munster Mansion"
The McKee's "Munster Mansion" (Photo: Munster Mansion Facebook page)

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When you were a kid watching reruns of The Munsters TV series, did you ever wonder what it would be like to actually live in that spooky old house? So did Charles and Sandra McKee. So much so, that they transformed their Texas home into a real Munster Mansion. This labor of love for the TV show began in 2002 and the couple have added on more props and detail every year with the goal of creating the most accurate replica of the mansion, which hasn’t been an easy task since they had no plans or blueprints to go by. In fact, the only real tool they had was their TV set where they would sit and watch (and re-watch) many episodes of the show for reference. The end result is amazing. You’d swear that you’re looking at sets from the Universal lot where the show was filmed, but no, they are actually taken from inside the McKee’s home. Many pieces in the house were actually used on The Munsters TV show.

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The McKee's Munster Mansion living room
The McKee's real living room. (Photo: Munster Mansion Facebook page)
The McKee’s offer an “open house” event once a year as a charity event but other than special private events, the couple ask for privacy. “Though we do host events from time to time and the annual open house, this is not a open tourist attraction. We are only open the one time a year. Any other time is strictly by invitation,” says the McKee’s on their website. “We do live here, just like you live in your place the rest of the year. Please respect our privacy as you would your neighbor.”

For reference, the Munster Mansion is located at 3636 FM 813 in Waxahachie, Texas and is said to be located on a dangerous road with no street parking available. Fortunately, their McKee’s website features a photo gallery of all of the rooms.

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The original Munster Mansion was built in 1946 long before the show began in 1964. It was built for the romantic film So Goes My Love. It was reused for a number of other Universal films before it was “aged” and worn down for The Munsters. It still sits on the lot of Universal Studios in California, however you’d probably never recognize it since the studio has given the house many facelifts over the years. Since The Munsters went off the air, it has been featured in number of other TV series and movies including Coach, Desperate Housewives, Dragnet and The Burbs.

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