The 10 Most Haunted Places In Nebraska
Why do the spooky and supernatural fascinate us? There are many theories. Some enjoy the adrenaline rush of potential danger. To others, unexplained events and paranormal mysteries attract them. Still others seek to understand the past, even if the history of a place is violent or tragic. If any of these descriptions fit you, you should check out the ten most haunted places in Nebraska.
Museum of Shadows
Featured on the Travel Channel, Discovery Plus, and Amazon Prime, the Museum of Shadows owns over 3000 haunted objects. Located in Omaha, Nebraska, a nationwide poll voted this museum the most haunted museum in the world. Guests who have walked through the Museum of Shadows have testified about hearing voices, seeing apparitions, perceived children laughing, and being physically touched.
It is also home to the creepiest doll in the world: Ayda. Ayda won in the Destination America poll, even over the notorious Annabelle doll. The previous owner of the Ayda doll requested that the museum keep it tied down, as it will turn its head, move its arms, and lean forward. Currently, Ayda sits behind glass.
The Museum of Shadows also has a ten-minute challenge, where you sit in complete darkness with the haunted artifacts. It is clearly one of the most haunted places in Nebraska.
To visit or get more information about the Museum of Shadows:
Museum Of Shadows
1110 Douglas ST Omaha, NE 68102
Originally built in 1903 as the Charter Hotel, it became a theater in 1938. People who have worked at the theater have witnessed shadowy figures, heard someone running up and down the aisles, or caught the sound of footsteps behind them. Though the owner, Gerald Bullard, says that if it is haunted, the ghosts are very friendly.
Located in Alliance, the Alliance Theatre is an operational movie theater today, and has quite good Google reviews, even with the ghosts!
To visit or find out more about the Alliance Theatre:
The Alliance Theatre
410 Box Butte Ave, Alliance, NE 69301
Found in Springfield, this graveyard has been around since the 19th century. Visitors report that the oldest grave marker goes back to 1869. Witnesses have said that they have heard disembodied voices and laughter. Some also testify that one of the women buried in Ball Cemetery, a ghost named Mary, tugs on people’s clothes.
Please note that while this is one of the most famously haunted places in Nebraska, it is private property. While the owner will work with individuals to tour the grounds, any trespassers will be greeted by dogs and a shotgun.
Seven Sisters Road
Located in Nebraska City, a grisly tale surrounds Seven Sisters Road. According to local legend, seven women died here in the 1900s. Supposedly, a young man lived there with his parents and seven sisters. One night, he got into a terrible argument with his family. So, the young man hid in the woods until his parents left. Then, he enticed or forced each sister, one by one, outside. Then, he hung his sisters individually on seven trees.
No one knows what happened to the bodies of the sisters or what happened to the brother. Furthermore, no official reports have been found to substantiate the hangings. Nevertheless, the bone-chilling legend persists. Locals still attest to the sisters’ restless spirits haunting the road. People sometimes hear women screaming or the ringing of bells.
Still others report strange mechanical problems on the road, such as cars stalling, headlights dimming, and windows rolling up and down on their own. This is one of the top haunted places in Nebraska.
About seven miles north of McCook, this canyon also has a devastating history. The story goes that about 100 years ago, a man brought his wife and children out to Devil’s Canyon. He proceeded to kill his family, before ending his own life. The man’s ghost, nicknamed “The Duke,” causes vehicle trouble for those who get close. Others have seen apparitions of a shadowy man and experienced malfunctions with their electronic devices.
Bailey House Museum
Also known as the Captain Bailey House Museum, the house itself is a gorgeous, red-bricked house. Fashioned with seven gables in a Gothic-styled I-house, builders constructed the building in the late 1860s. Located in Brownville, the original owner of the Bailey House Museum, Captain Bailey, haunts its halls. Legend tells that a jealous neighbor poisoned Captain Bailey. Since then, Bailey’s restless ghost haunts the house to this day.
The employees of the Bailey House Museum say strange things happen within the house, such as doors that don’t stay closed and haunting piano music that plays at night.
To visit or contact the Bailey House Museum:
The Bailey House Museum
412 Main St, Brownville, NE 68321
Fort Sidney Museum
Remnants of the historic fort, the Fort Sidney Museum and Post Commander’s Home are still furnished with artifacts from the 1860s-1890s. This makes the structure appear like it did during that period. The story of this historic building is that the officer’s wife fell down the stairs and broke her neck. Her husband, despondent, boarded up the stairs. In 1975, the stairs were found and restored, though access was blocked to the public. However, people still hear someone walking and then falling, down the stairs. You can visit this mysterious museum in Sidney, Nebraska.
To visit or contact the museum:
Fort Sidney Museum
955 6th Avenue, Sidney, NE 69162
Built in 1887, Mystery Manor is a famous haunted theater in Omaha. Home to William and Greta Hall in the early 19th century, when the stock market crashed in 1929, people say William went crazy. In a fit of insanity, he killed his wife with an ax. But, when he discovered what he had done the next day, he buried Greta in the front yard, overwhelmed by grief.
However, a week later, Greta’s brother, John Martin, killed William with the same ax out of revenge. He buried William next to Greta in the front yard. But, on Halloween, John was found dead on the graves of William and Greta with an ax in his head. No one knows who killed John, but many think it was the ghost of William who did it.
The ghosts of Greta, William, and John haunt the house’s halls. Most of the paranormal activity seems to happen during October. Unfortunately, the Mystery Manor closed in 2023 after 38 years in business. The building was sold to Creighton University for twice the listed price.
A gorgeous public park located off Military Avenue in Fremont, the park supposedly used to be a cemetery. However, when converting it to a park, not all of the bodies were relocated. People have witnessed spirits walking the park, and others have seen an apparition of a woman crying there.
Centennial Hall Museum
Found in Valentine, this is the spot of the oldest school in the state. Built in 1897, this haunted building also has a tragic past. In 1944, a girl died after someone poisoned her clarinet reed. While still in operation, former teachers say they spotted a spirit wandering the halls. Feelings of dread have overcome others. Since the school was converted into a museum, other visitors have reported haunting music coming from the music room despite there being no musical instruments.
To visit or contact the Centennial Hall Museum:
Centennial Hall Museum
East 3rd Street &, N Macomb Street, Valentine, NE