Museum of the Occult Master Guide
The Museum of the Occult, added in Update 1.15.5 to The Secret World, is a feature that allows for a personalized museum gallery. It is the closest The Secret World has yet come to player housing.
The Museum functions additionally as a form of horizontal progression, requiring the use of AP for pedestals within the museum and allowing eventual purchase of a series of new combat proc items as Mnemonic Guardians, which aid a player in battle.
The British Museum of the Occult is in need of a new benefactor to help replace its various missing exhibits. That benefactor is YOU.
The Museum is accessible in Ealdwic, London south of Temple Hall in a small corner of Honesty Yard (300,270) and is available to players early in the course of the game. In fact, it can be reached as soon as a player makes it to London.
Players can enter each others’ museums, which can hold a maximum capacity of 50 people.
The Museum contains a number of wings and exhibits for a player to fill out and explore.
Note: This guide will be frequently and heavily updated to account for all new information about the Museum of the Occult!
There are thirteen total wings within the Museum of the Occult. Twelve are available in their entirety, while the thirteenth is currently only partially accessible.
Each wing is based on a geographic area or theme within that area and encompasses different Monster Family displays concerning the associated theme. The Oddities and Curios wing is associated with Seasonal events.
Each wing contains a special Centerpiece exhibit. At this time, the Oddities wing is lacking a centerpiece due to its incomplete nature.
- Cycle of the Draug
- Local Legends of New England
- The Reanimated
- The Cult of Aten
- The Extraordinary Fauna of Egypt
- Menagerie of the Vampires
- Local Legends of Transylvania
- The Spectral Realms
- Orochi: Audacity or Folly?
- The Children of Hell
- Strains of Filth
- Guardians and Automatons
- Curious and Oddities
To open a wing, a Curator’s Contract must be purchased from the Curator in your museum. The Curator’s Contract – First Draft will unlock the first three wings of your choice from the museum, while the Curator’s Contract – Second Draft will be necessary for the fourth, fifth, and sixth wing, and so on up until the Fourth Draft. Each draft costs an increasing amount of pax.
A special contract, the Curator’s Contract – Curios and Oddities, can be purchased from the Curator for 1000000 pax and unlocks the thirteenth wing.
Find the door of the desired wing and right-click on it. If a Curator’s Contract is present, it will be consumed to unlock the corresponding wing.
Pedestals are customizable displays for the Museum that come in four rarities. Each rarity unlocks a new pose or version of a monster to display. Unlocked poses can be cycled through to further customization and personalization of the Museum.
Pedestals can be purchased from the Curator of the Museum for Pax Romana.
Unlocking a pedestal requires AP and a certain amount of Bestiary lore, as well as a certain number of monsters killed depending on the quality of the pedestal.
A free Classic Mnemonic Pedestal is awarded for opening the first wing of a museum.
Classic Mnemonic Pedestals cost 50/75 AP to use.
Superior Mnemonic Pedestals cost 100/125 AP and potentially a special drop to use.
Paragon Mnemonic Pedestals cost 175/200 AP and potentially a special drop to use.
To use a Superior or Paragon Pedestal, special items are required that are linked to that particular exhibit.
Creating a Paragon level pedestal exhibit will unlock editing mode for the Museum and rewards the achievement Paragon Exhibitor.
A Paragon Pedestal upgrade allows swapping through the various previous pedestals of that particular exhibit.
Special items are also required to upgrade some pedestals to Superior or Paragon. They drop off the mob type associated with the Exhibit
Known Upgrade Items
- Filthy Spider Fangs from Spider Guardians.
- Filthy Tuft of Fur from Hound Guardians.
- Filthy Tusk from Filth Boars.
- Filthy Wing Flesh from Birds of the Zero Point Pathogen.
- Rusted Sigil Ring as a reward from the Castle mission.
- Volcanic Shard from Magma Golems.
- Pestilent Shard from Plague Golems.
- Living Water Shard from Water Golems.
- Ice Shard from Ice Golems.
- Sandstone Shard from Sand Golems.
- Stone Shard from Stone Golems.
- Living Shard from Forest Golems.
- Lunar Shard from the Genizah of the Lunar Metal
- Solar Shard from the Genizah of the Solar Metal
- Cybernetic Ocular Enhancer from the fourth boss of Manufactory Breached.
- Horn of Niflheim from Hel in Niflheim.
- Mischievous Tuft from the Krampus boss on any difficulty in Niflheim.
The Fourth pedestal rarity is unlocked through special drops and can only be found for certain Monster Families. The items drop from their associated monsters and can be traded with other players. They only work on a specific pedestal.
Known Fourth Level Upgrade Items
- Clown Nose from Scarecrows.
- Cybernetic Collar from Cyber Wolves in Manufactory: Breached.
- Flaming Core from Flame Spirits.
- Glowing Fungus from the Forest Golem in Plethron Omega of the Orochi Tower.
- Living Branch from Padurii.
- Mayan War Paint from the Unbound Ak’ab boss in the Darkness Wars.
- Ripped Ancient Tunic by completing Beneath You It Eats Its Name.
- Rusted Fireaxe from Zombie Firefighters.
- Torn Pagans Jacket from members of the Pagan gang in Kaidan.
- Sacred Soil from the Vestiges of Nameless days available in Savage Coast, Scorched Desert, and Shadowy Forest during the Winter Holidays event.
- Glowing Mayan Bones from Bolon Yokte’ K’uh on any difficulty in the Road to Xibalba dungeon available during the Winter Holidays event.
Mnemonic Centerpieces are large displays in each Wing of the Museum. The centerpiece, like the pedestal exhibits surrounding it, has various levels to unlock.
To use a centerpiece, one must also have all exhibits in the particular wing at a certain level. Classic centerpieces require all exhibits in the wing have Classic pedestals, for example.
Classic Centerpiece Mnemonic Pedestals cost 175 AP to use.
Superior Centerpiece Mnemonic Pedestals cost 350 AP and a special drop to use.
Paragon Centerpiece Mnemonic Pedestals cost 500 AP and a special drop to use.
A Centerpiece displays not a generic monster family, but of a specific individual, such as a boss, that best exemplifies and embodies the theme of the Wing in which the centerpiece sits.
Both the monster in the centerpiece and the scene around it are upgraded as the centerpiece is. As with normal pedestals, once the Paragon level is unlocked, different poses can be chosen, although the scene will remain the same throughout the poses.
Known Centerpiece Museum Upgrade Items
- Infected Faun Horn from any infected faun.
- Magus Amulet from various magi/noble vampires.
- Tank Commander Blade from the Tank Commander in the Manufactory.
- Ancient Necklace from various mummies.
- Condensed Anima Energy from the Unutterable Lurker in the Manhattan Exclusion Zone.
- Hate-Infused Feather from any revenant.
- Ursine Rib from any undead bear.
- Glowing Scale from the Ur-Draug in the Polaris.
- Dr. Klein’s Notes from Dr. Klein in the Ankh.
- Custodial Anima Infuser purchased from Dr. Caligari once at 2000 achievement points.
- Sentient Cog from the Machine Tyrant in Hell Raised.
- Torn Cloth from Spectral Amalgamations.
- Jack’s Head from Jack of the Lantern’s Penny Dreadfuls.
In the grand foyer of the museum stands a monument to the museum’s prime benefactor.
The personal statue can be posed, much as the exhibits throughout the museum can; however, the poses themselves are unlocked at various points for completing achievements or progressing through the Museum. There are a variety of poses to choose from and unlock.
- Arms Crossed for fully upgrading and unlocking exhibits in two wings.
- Hands on Hips for fully upgrading and unlocking exhibits in four wings.
- Facepalm for fully upgrading and unlocking exhibits in six wings.
- Salute for fully upgrading and unlocking exhibits in eight wings.
- Jazz Hands for fully upgrading and unlocking exhibits in ten wings.
- Heroic for fully upgrading and unlocking exhibits in twelve wings.
Not only can the monument be posed, but it can also be decorated according to what the player is wearing. The clothing can then be saved so that it maintains the desired clothing and the player is free to change clothing without altering their monument to themselves.
The Gift Shop is composed of five separate vendors, one for each Region, who sell a variety of items available based on one’s progress in the Museum. The gift shops sell t-shirts, glamours, pets, and Mnemonic Guardians.
Mnemonic Guardians are a combat feature allowing a monster to aid a player in battle. The Guardian, when procced, will appear and cast or use an ability inherent to that Monster and then vanish immediately afterwards.
Mnemonic Guardian buffs last for an hour and have an initial proc rate of 20%. A Guardian can either aid in DPS, healing, or survival in some form.
Guardians are tied to each Centerpiece Pedestal, and better quality Guardians are unlocked as one unlocks better Centerpieces of a wing in the Museum.
Upgrading a Centerpiece also decreases the internal cooldown of a Mnemonic Guardian by a stacking value. Each Classic Centerpiece grants 0.5 s reduction, Superior grants 1 s reduction, and Paragon grants 1.5 s reduction. The initial cooldown is 60 s and can ultimately be reduced to 36 s.
The full list of Mnemonic Guardians is coming soon!
The Museum brings an entirely new category of Lore: the Bestiary.
The Bestiary is special lore pertaining to each Monster Family and gives new information on the monsters. This lore is considered secret and is not easily found in traditional ways.
Bestiary lore is required to access higher quality levels of pedestals. Some Issue content is required for certain lore pieces found in Kaidan.
A number of achievements are associated with the Museum of the Occult.