The Mystery Shack is a tourist trap in Gravity Falls, Oregon, which overcharges unlucky visitors for a glimpse at the world's most bizarre museum. This museum is owned and inhabited by Grunkle Stan, and is the main base for Dipper and Mabel throughout the series. It is also their home. Wendy Corduroy and Soos are also employees of the Mystery Shack.
HistoryAfter discovering that Gravity Falls, Oregon was the strongest source of mysterious occurrences and anomalies in nature within the United States, scientist Stanford Pines bought a newly constructed house in the middle of the woods there so that he could continue his research on the matter. Turning the house into his research facility, Stanford eventually came to construct a portal to another dimension under the house as an experimental product of his findings, believing that the anomalies were originating from said alternate dimension. However, after Stanford was accidentally thrust through the portal into the alternate dimension, becoming trapped on the other side, Stanford's brother Stanley Pines assumed Stanford's identity so that he could keep the house as his permanent place of residence while trying to find a way to bring the real Stanford back.
Stanley eventually turned the house into a tourist attraction, the Mystery Shack, in order to create a source of income while he tried to find Stanford's two missing journals in order to learn how to properly operate the portal.
Stanley's grand-niece and -nephew Dipper and Mabel Pines became temporary residents of the Mystery Shack during the summer vacation they spent visiting their great uncle, unaware at first that their great uncle "Stanford" was actually Stanley.
The Mystery Shack has no less than four exits. The main entrance, the porch entrance, and another small door which directly to the floor room. and the gift shop door. There's also a cellar door under the gift shop window. One side of the sloping roof has the Mystery Shack name, and the other has a small platform with a cooler that Wendy often hangs out on. The roof with the "GIFT" sign also has a weather vane that has the letter W, H, A, T, instead of the usual N, W, E, S.
There are at least three floors that we know of.
The first floor has two levels, one where most of the rooms are located and a slightly lower level for the floor room.
- Gift Shop - Get all your Mystery Shack merchandise here! Normally where Wendy works behind the counter. This room has five exits. One is connected to the gift shop entrance of the Shack. The second is a curtained doorway to the floor room/exhibit/museum. A third door leads to the living room ("Employees Only"). The fourth is a ladder that goes up to the roof. And the last is a mysterious entrance through the vending machine.
- Living room - Where the Pines often watch TV. Notable features include: a table; a large yellow chair; and a dinosaur skull. One side leads to the gift shop, the other side has a doorway to the staircase entryway.
- Staircase entryway - Besides the staircase that leads upstairs, there are four doors in this small room: an exit to the back porch to its left, a door to the hallway past it, an entrance to the living room to its right, and a doorway to the kitchen directly in front of it. The room itself has a stuffed "dodo" perched on a table and a ball hanging from a net.
- Kitchen - Features: kitchen table; a wide window; refrigerator with a stuffed wolf head sitting on it; a very old fashioned stove whose smoke pipe can be seen going through the roof from the outside. Also, although it looks physically impossible from the outside, it is directly in front of the staircase.
- Hallway - The hallway that connects the floor room to the staircase entryway. A bathroom is also found here as well as the door to the storage room.
- Bathroom - The bathroom has a small window, a bathtub, toilet, sink, cabinet, and a single light bulb. The tub is propped up by a stack of bricks on one side to keep level.
- Storage room - Originally wallpapered over after Stan put the wax figures in it. There's a window where Wax Abraham Lincoln stood under and then melted under the sunlight.
- Parlor - It has window and a fireplace. The location of Wax Stan's memorial, and where he was made by Mabel.
- Floor room - The exhibition is located here, showcasing weird oddities including: The Sascrotch, pterosaur, and jackalopes. Mostly multipurpose, it's also been converted to a dance floor and a hall of mirrors. There is also a bell rope that goes through the ceiling into the attic. This room has at least two exists, one small door leading directly outside and another above a short set of stairs that leads to the hallway.
- Attic Floor - a spacious room where the staircase leads to. It has a large stained glass window, designed with the eye of providence, and plush red window seat. The window looks out the back porch.
- Mabel and Dipper's Bedroom - Features: a triangular window that faces the same direction as the main entrance; multiple old arcade games; the bell rope that comes through the floor from the floor room; an alcove that has a fortune telling machine as well a coffin used as a TV table; and above that another small area with a second window (this one stained glass). There are two closets, one next to the exit (which didn't appear until Little Dipper) and one in the alcove, where the Dipper Clones shut "Dipper Classic" in.
- Only thing known is there's a hidden entrance that leads downstairs from the gift shop.
- Stan's Office - where the copier is located.
- Stan's bedroom - where Stan sleeps.
- Since "Headhunters," the "S" in "Shack" hangs off. Because of this, the sign appears to say "Mystery Hack". This refers to the fact that the exhibits in the shack are fakes.
- Soos is the 'Employee of the Month', as shown in "Double Dipper".
- The Mystery Shack's address is 618 Gopher Road. June 18 is Alex Hirsch's birthday.
- In the last scene of the first episode, Stan goes through the wrong entrance to get directly into the Gift Shop.
- Although there's a chimney stack going through Dipper's side of the room, logically there's no chimney on the right side of the roof, near the front of the Mystery Shack.
- Nearly every episode has the same error concerning the staircase entry, in that several reoccurring backgrounds have the stairs flat against the wall without any space for the door that's past it.
- In the past episodes, you can see a dodo bird near the front door albeit, in Summerween, the bird is replaced by a Jackalope.
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