The following is a list of allegedly haunted museums in New York, USA. Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know which location you think is the creepiest! To view my full list of ghost stories and haunted locations in New York, Click Here. And if you liked this list, be sure to check out my new book, The Folklore & Haunted Locations Guide: New York, available on Amazon!!
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#1 - 9/11 Memorial Site & Museum
Coordinates: 40.711632°, -74.013112°
Location Address: 180 Greenwich Street, Manhattan, New York, 10007
Many rescue workers and emergency response teams on the morning of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City reported witnessing the apparition of a mysterious dark-skinned woman wearing a white dress, who appeared at the collapsing World Trade Center to assist wounded victims and to help the souls of the deceased to pass over. Since the September 11th terrorist attacks, visitors at Ground Zero in Manhattan report witnessing the apparitions of victims and rescue workers who were killed tragically, as well as experiencing other paranormal phenomena, such as hearing disembodied voices, explosions, and screams, or feeling the presence of an unseen entity. Many first responders have also reported being visited in their dreams by spirits of the deceased victims.
#2 - Buffalo Naval Park Museum
Coordinates: 42.877650°, -78.880338°
Location Address: Military Park 1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, New York, 14202
Visitors at the Buffalo Naval Park Museum in Buffalo, New York report encountering apparitions and shadow figures aboard a decommissioned World War II era destroyer called the USS The Sullivans. The USS The Sullivans first set sail in April of 1943, and was heavily involved in the naval conflicts of the Pacific Theater during World War II. It was named after five brothers; George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert Sullivan, who enlisted together, and who were killed when their ship was struck by a torpedo from a Japanese destroyer. According to legend, the spirits of the five Sullivan brothers often appear aboard the USS The Sullivans, along with other former crew members whose restless spirits still remain.
#3 - Chautauqua County Historical Society & McClurg Museum
Coordinates: 42.321459°, -79.576920°
Location Address: 15 E. Main Street, Westfield, New York, 14787
Built in 1818 as the McClurg Mansion, the McClurg Museum in Westfield, New York also houses the Chautauqua County Historical Society. It is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young woman who once worked in the house as a servant. Visitors at the museum have reported encountering the apparition of a woman dressed in maid's clothing, as well as hearing the disembodied sounds of a woman crying. Although many claim to witness the young woman's apparition, the reason for her presence is unknown.
#4 - Dr. Best House & Medical Exhibit
Coordinates: 42.596231°, -74.332919°
Location Address: 1568 Clauverwie Road, Middleburgh, New York, 12122
Constructed in 1884 as a doctor's office and home for the late Dr. Best, the Dr. Best House & Medical Exhibit in Middleburgh, New York is said to be haunted by the spirits of Dr. Best, his wife, and son, all of whom passed away in the house. The location is furnished with much of its original decor, as well as a variety of medical tools and devices from the late Victorian era. Paranormal investigators report witnessing apparitions and hearing disembodied voices, as well as the unexplained sounds of a piano playing late at night when the house is empty. Others report feeling sudden cold spots, as well as experiencing other paranormal phenomena, such as feeling the presence of an unseen entity, or feeling as if being watched. The Dr. Best House & Medical Exhibit also hosts paranormal investigations and ghost tours during the Halloween season.
#5 - Ft. William Henry Museum & Restoration
Coordinates: 43.420957°, -73.712707°
Location Address: 48 Canada Street, Lake George, New York, 12845
Ft. William Henry in Lake George, New York was established in 1755 as a British military outpost during the French and Indian War. It is said to be haunted by the spirits of over 200 British troops who were massacred by a tribe of Native American warriors after surrendering to invading French forces in 1757, though some estimate the number of casualties to be as high as 1,500. Visitors at the museum report witnessing the apparitions of former soldiers, as well as experiencing strange paranormal activity, such as disembodied voices, cold spots, doors opening and closing by themselves, and objects being moved by an unseen entity. The Ft. William Henry Museum was featured on an episode of the popular television series Ghost Hunters in October of 2009.
#6 - Frederic Remington Art Museum
Coordinates: 44.698525°, -75.492948°
Location Address: 303 Washington Street, Ogdensburg, New York, 13669
Constructed in 1810 as a private residence, the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman named Madame Vespucci, who lived in the home before it became a museum. Employees often report encountering Madame Vespucci's apparition and hearing the sounds of a disembodied female voice, as well as experiencing other paranormal activity such as cold spots, and feelings of being watched by an unseen entity.
#7 - Historic Valentown Hall & Museum
Coordinates: 43.026100°, -77.436401°
Location Address: 267 High Street, Victor, New York, 14564
Constructed in 1879 as a shopping center, Valentown Hall in Victor, New York was converted into a museum in 1940. Visitors report witnessing apparitions, as well as experiencing other paranormal phenomena, such as disembodied voices, music, and objects moving by themselves. The old building is filled with hundreds of relics and artifacts dating back to the 1800's, which many believe is the reason it is haunted.
#8 - Iron Island Museum
Coordinates: 42.890037°, -78.811407°
Location Address: 998 E. Lovejoy Street, Buffalo, New York, 14206
The Iron Island Museum in Buffalo, New York was built in 1883 as a church, and was later used as a funeral home during the 1950's and 1960's. Employees working at the museum often report witnessing apparitions and shadow figures, or experiencing other unexplained paranormal phenomena such as disembodied voices and cold spots. One commonly seen spirit is that of a man named Edgar Zernick, whose cremated remains sat in the building's basement unclaimed for years, as well as the spirits of two twin boys who passed away during the 1960's. The Iron Island Museum offers late night ghost tours and investigations, and is said to be haunted by multiple other unidentified apparitions who are believed to be attached to some of the historical objects on display.
#9 - Jefferson County Historical Society & Museum
Coordinates: 43.973291°, -75.911783°
Location Address: 228 Washington Street, Watertown, New York, 13601
Also known as the Paddock Mansion, the Jefferson County Historical Society in Watertown, New York was constructed in 1876 by Edwin and Olive Paddock. It is said to be haunted by the spirit of Mrs. Paddock, whose apparition is seen by visitors wearing a green dress. Employees also report experiencing paranormal activity such as cold spots, disembodied voices, footsteps, and feelings of being watched by an unseen entity.
#10 - Lake George Historical Association & Museum
Coordinates: 43.425859°, -73.711565°
Location Address: 290 Canada Street, Lake George, New York, 12845
The Lake George Historical Association & Museum in Lake George, New York was constructed in 1845 as the Warren County Courthouse, where outlaws were jailed and major criminal trials were once held. The location served as the headquarters for many government officials until 1963, and is said to be haunted by the spirits of former prisoners who were sentenced to death and executed. Visitors at the location often report witnessing apparitions, as well as experiencing sudden cold spots, and feeling the presence of an unseen entity.
#11 - McGarrah's Stagecoach Inn & Cornerstone Masonic Historical Society
Coordinates: 41.324740°, -74.186668°
Location Address: 300 Stage Road, Monroe, New York, 10950
Constructed in the late 1700's as a rest stop for stagecoach travelers, the McGarrah's Stagecoach Inn in Monroe, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a man whose apparition is seen wearing a black suit and top hat. Tourists visiting the museum often report witnessing the man's apparition throughout the location, as well as experiencing other paranormal phenomena, such as sudden cold spots, and feeling the presence of an unseen entity. Although many have reported encountering the man's apparition, the reason for his presence is unknown.
#12 - Museum of the Moving Image
Coordinates: 40.756345°, -73.923950°
Location Address: 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, New York, 11106
Opened in 1988, the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria is said to be haunted by the spirit of an unidentified woman, whose apparition is seen wearing a long white dress. Employees also report hearing the sounds of disembodied voices and footsteps coming from areas that are believed to be empty. One visitor in 2016 reported being alone at the museum shortly before closing when he heard the disembodied sounds of a man's voice close by, which allegedly frightened the man so much that he immediately left the building without ever looking back. Although many have reported encountering spirits at the Museum of the Moving Image, the reason for their presence is unknown.
#13 - National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
Coordinates: 42.699846°, -74.923244°
Location Address: 25 Main Street, Cooperstown, New York, 13326
Guests at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York report witnessing shadow figures and apparitions, as well as experiencing other paranormal activity, such as disembodied voices, and feelings of being watched by an unseen entity. The museum currently offers ghost tours for visitors during the Halloween season.
#14 - Old Ft. Niagara State Park & Museum
Coordinates: 43.262662°, -79.063230°
Location Address: 102 Morrow Plaza, Youngstown, New York, 14174
Constructed in 1678 by French settlers, Old Ft. Niagara in Youngstown, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a French soldier who was beheaded in a duel. Visitors often report encountering the man's headless apparition, as well as witnessing the apparitions of other fallen soldiers who were killed in battle. Old Ft. Niagara was added to the National Register of Historic Places in October of 1966.
#15 - Old Stone Fort Museum
Coordinates: 42.677315°, -74.301934°
Location Address: 145 Fort Road, Schoharie, New York, 12157
Constructed in 1772 as a church, the building became known as The Old Stone Fort after being fortified and used as a fortress during the American Revolutionary War. It was later used as an armory for Union forces during the American Civil War. Visitors at The Old Stone Fort report witnessing apparitions, as well as hearing disembodied screams and the sounds of an organ playing late at night.
#16 - Palmyra Historical Museum
Coordinates: 43.064556°, -77.229513°
Location Address: 132 Market Street, Palmyra, New York, 14522
Constructed during the early 1800's as a hotel and tavern, the Palmyra Historical Museum in Palmyra, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young woman and her six young children who were killed in a fire in 1964. Visitors often report encountering apparitions of the woman and her deceased children, as well as hearing the sounds of disembodied voices and children laughing. Employees working at the museum report witnessing objects within the old building being moved or rearranged by an unseen entity, as well as experiencing unexplained cold spots, and feelings of being watched. The Palmyra Historical Museum offers ghost tours and investigations during the Halloween season.
#17 - Raynham Hall Museum
Coordinates: 40.872384°, -73.531575°
Location Address: 20 W. Main Street, Oyster Bay, New York, 11771
Purchased by the Townsend Family in May of 1738, Raynham Hall in Oyster Bay, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman named Sally Townsend, as well as several other members of the Townsend family. According to legend, Sally fell in love with a British soldier during the American Revolutionary War. She allegedly betrayed her lover after discovering his plans to sabotage Patriot forces at West Point, and they never spoke again. She died at age 82 having never married. Since Sally's death, tourists visiting the Raynham Hall Museum have reported encountering the spirit of an elderly woman, as well as experiencing unexplained cold spots, and feeling the presence of an unseen entity.
#18 - Roberson Museum & Science Center
Coordinates: 42.094004°, -75.918655°
Location Address: 30 Front Street, Binghamton, New York, 13905
Built in 1904 as the Roberson Family Mansion, the Roberson Museum & Science Center in Binghamton, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of its original owner, Alonzo Roberson, who passed away in 1934. Visitors at the museum also report encountering the spirits of several unidentified young children whose apparitions are seen and heard playing in the hallways, and employees often claim to witness the apparition of an elderly man around closing time. Others report feeling cold spots and sudden drops in temperature, as well as other unexplained paranormal phenomena such as disembodied voices, and feeling the presence of an unseen entity.
#19 - Seneca Falls Historical Society & Museum
Coordinates: 42.915224°, -76.794884°
Location Address: 55 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls, New York, 13148
Constructed in the mid-1800's as a private residence, the Seneca Falls Historical Society in Seneca Falls, New York was once part of a larger 10-acre estate, which also included a vineyard, carriage house, and orchard. Employees at the location report witnessing a male apparition believed to be Edward Mynderse, the house's original owner, as well as the spirit of a young Irish girl, and an older woman who is believed to be a former nanny.
#20 - Staten Island Historical Society & Living History Museum
Coordinates: 40.570920°, -74.145604°
Location Address: 441 Clark Avenue, Staten Island, New York, 10306
Also known as Historic Richmond Town, the Staten Island Historical Society is a living history museum in Staten Island, New York, with many buildings dating back to the late 1600's. Many of the old buildings are said to be haunted by the spirits of past residents who died of illness or from other natural causes. The Guyon-Lake-Tyson House was built in 1740, and is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman named Elizabeth Lake-Tyson, as well a number of her young children who all passed away before reaching adulthood. Tourists visiting the Guyon-Lake-Tyson House report witnessing apparitions, as well as hearing disembodied voices, footsteps, and sounds. In some cases, trigger objects such as toys and candy are seen being moved or played with by the spirit of a young child. Employees at the Old County Clerk & Surrogates Office also report hearing disembodied sounds in empty areas of the building, as well as experiencing sudden cold spots, and other paranormal activity, such as objects being moved around, rearranged, or misplaced by an unseen entity.
#21 - The Museum of Modern Art
Coordinates: 40.761433°, -73.977622°
Location Address: 11 W. 53rd Street, Manhattan, New York, 10019
The Museum of Modern Art (sometimes called The MoMA) in Manhattan, New York first opened on November 7, 1929, and is renowned as being one of the largest and most influential art museums in the world. The location is said to be haunted by the spirit of an unidentified woman, sometimes referred to as the Lady In White, and other times simply as The MoMA ghost. Security guards and other employees working at The Museum of Modern Art at night have reported catching glimpses of the Lady In White, as well as experiencing other unexplained paranormal phenomena, such as lights flickering or turning on and off by themselves, and objects being moved by an unseen entity. Many also report feeling a strange presence, or hearing disembodied thuds and other sounds coming from the building's 6th floor, which is strictly off limits to guests and employees.
#22 - Washington Irving's Sunnyside Museum
Coordinates: 41.047791°, -73.868538°
Location Address: 3 W. Sunnyside Lane, Irvington, New York, 10533
Washington Irving's Sunnyside Museum in Irvington, New York was built as a private residence in 1835 by the American author Washington Irving, who is famous for writing the novels The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Rip Van Winkle. The museum is said to be haunted by the spirit of Washington Irving himself, as well as his five nieces who all lived and died in the home. Many guests report witnessing apparitions, feeling strange cold spots, and experiencing other unexplained paranormal activity, such as hearing disembodied voices and whispers, and feeling the presence of an unseen entity. Employees working at Washington Irving's Sunnyside Museum also claim to arrive at the location in the morning to find that someone has mysteriously cleaned the location or rearranged different objects and furniture.
#23 - William Phelps General Store & Home Museum
Coordinates: 43.064899°, -77.229547°
Location Address: 140 Market Street, Palmyra, New York, 14522
Constructed in 1826, the William Phelps General Store & Home in Palmyra, New York is believed to be haunted by the spirit of a woman named Sibyl Phelps, the last member of the Phelps family, who passed away in 1976. Visitors at the museum report witnessing Mrs. Phelps' apparition, as well as other unidentified spirits. Others report hearing disembodied footsteps and voices, as well as feeling the sensation of being touched by an unseen entity, and many employees have reported encountering a spectral cat that disappears when approached.
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