There's something unsettling about a museum. Perhaps it's the presence of so many antiquities from around the world, or maybe it's the sensation that the eyes of the portraits follow your every move. And then there are the buildings themselves - many museums were once historic homes or plantations where terrible acts occurred. It's no wonder there are so many scary stories about museums.
Museum ghosts are said to haunt the corners of many cultural institutions. At the Cleveland Museum of Art, one haunted painting takes on an eerie life of its own. Mummy artifacts housed in the British Museum are rumored to carry a dreadful curse. And then there's a museum in Australia - visitors report feeling ghostly touches on their shoulders.
Whether you're a skeptic or a believer, these creepy museum ghost stories are sure to send a chill down your spine. Who knows what you might see on your next visit?
Ivan The Terrible Stalks The Kremlin Museums
A country as rich in history as Russia naturally lends itself to ghostly sightings and paranormal tales. The city of Moscow is no exception to the rule, and the Kremlin museums are particularly notorious for strange occurrences. For years, locals have told of the dark shadow of Tsar Ivan the Terrible walking back and forth across the Kremlin bell tower. The apparition of another controversial tsar, "The False Dmitri," is said to appear on the Kremlin wall.
Shadowy figures are also spotted in the corridors of the Kremlin Palace, draped in shrouds. These could be disaffected civil servants from the Soviet era, or perhaps restless spirits from the cemetery that lies beneath the Palace.
USSR founder Vladimir Lenin has been glimpsed as well. Josef Stalin may also appear during times of political and economic crisis.