Ghosts come out to play during National Building Museum’s haunted tours

The National Building Museum is located at 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. (Courtesy National Building Museum/F.T. Eyre)

WASHINGTON – Fall is a perfect time for sweaters, fireplaces and ghosts. The National Building Museum knows this and is kicking off the Halloween season with ghost tours starting at the end of September.

But the specter spectacle isn’t just for fun.

In fact, “America’s leading cultural institution devoted to the history and impact of the built environment is haunted,” the museum says in a news release.

“It started with strange noises and mysteriously misplaced objects,” Capt. LaTanya Bullock of First Coast Security says in the release.

“Then I started getting calls in the middle of the night from frightened officers, saying they’d seen ‘a lady in white’ floating around the Great Hall. I thought they were losing their marbles until I saw the banshee myself.”

Unfortunately, the ghosts were not available for comment:

“The Museum’s ghosts were unavailable for comment at press time, but the marketing department has purchased a Ouija board with hopes of offering interviews in the coming weeks,” according to the release.

With an impressive history spanning more than a century — the museum was constructed between 1882 and 1887 — it’s tough for officials to identify the ghosts and their backstories. Interested parties should not fret. Visitors will have the opportunity to see some of these spirits during Ghost Tours this fall on the following dates:

  • Sept. 29, 9 p.m.
  • Oct. 13, 9:15 p.m.
  • Oct. 20, 8 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
  • Oct. 31, 8 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

All tours are $15 for museum members and $18 for non-members. Must be at least 10 years old to participate. Watch the video below for more information:

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