Do you believe in ghosts?

Dramatically lit Smithsonian Castle at night

We do! Well, maybe, not really, because we’re rational science folks, but then again, who knows? What we do believe in are spooks and creaks and things that go bump in the night.

The Smithsonian has a long and storied history of being a little haunted, which is only to be expected when you consider we keep our founder’s body in a crypt at the front door. (Most people would be content with an umbrella stand and a welcome mat.)

We’re planning on sharing some spooky Smithsonian stories in October. We know most of the historic ones, but we want to hear from you. Have you ever encountered anything a little…unusual…at work? A sudden chill in the air? A spectral voice? A flicker of movement seen from the corner of your eye when no one should be there? We want to hear from you!

Send your contact information and a synopsis of your story to and be a part of our Smithsonian Spooktacular!

Posted: 14 August 2019
About the Author:

The Torch editor is fired with a burning desire to ignite the flames of enthusiasm among her Smithsonian colleagues while brandishing the Torch of knowledge. She also likes puns.

One Response to Do you believe in ghosts?
    • Charlie Morton
    • I worked over at the Castle on first relief, nothing ever happen, but working on second relief at night, it’s another story, you hear door’s opening and closing, I no one day while doing inspection checking offices I went in and came out and closed the door, went I came back the door was open, than it sound like someone is walking with you, the Castle is one haunted museum, it’s more stories that I can tell you about the Castle while working there, I have moved on to another museum where it’s quiet.