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Is the Titanic Exhibit at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas Haunted?

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Kathy lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, for eight years and has heard a lot of rumors about various hauntings.

There are some pretty creepy stories surrounding the Titanic exhibit at the Luxor.

There are some pretty creepy stories surrounding the Titanic exhibit at the Luxor.

The Luxor Hotel Last Vegas: Haunted?

Strange things have been happening at the Titanic exhibit in the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. These difficult-to-explain situations have led many employees to ask the question: do people remain connected to their worldly belongings after they die?

When workers were trying to find an explanation for some of the unusual happenings, someone suggested that perhaps when people die, they keep some kind of connection to the things that belonged to them in this world.

We've been to the Titanic artifact exhibit at Luxor Hotel, and it really is interesting to see things on display that belonged to some of the unfortunate passengers on the ill-fated cruise ship, the Titanic. The exhibit includes a wide variety of items, ranging from huge pieces of the ship itself to passengers' personal clothing, eyeglasses, letters, dishes, luggage, shoes, and purses.

This interesting exhibit opened in 2008 and is owned and operated by a company from Georgia called Premier Exhibitions, which is a company that runs many traveling exhibitions. However, the Titanic exhibition at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas is huge compared to the other locations operated by this company. It has 25,000 square feet of display space. After being there, I can tell you that nearly every inch of space is interesting and offers a real history lesson.

It has been rumored that, as the workers go through this exhibit after hours, strange things sometimes begin to happen—unexplained phenomena that border on creepy, mixed with a few shenanigans. So, they're now trying to figure out if the Titanic Exhibit at the Luxor Hotel is haunted.

Stories From the Titanic Exhibition in Las Vegas

Joe Zimmer, an artifact specialist, has reported seeing and experiencing strange happenings at the Luxor, and he is not alone. Other workers at the museum have also had strange experiences bordering on supernatural phenomena. Strange, unexplained things that beg for explanation—but an explanation escapes most of the workers there.

Joe's experiences have usually occurred late at night—around 11 pm or later. He has been walking through the exhibit only to hear his name being called. He's heard creepy giggles. He has even had his hair tousled, and the back of his jacket grabbed. He has heard music, sometimes orchestra music like the music that would have been played at one of the dances during the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic.

Joe was by himself during all of these instances. And he reported to a local newspaper that he was sober and sane when all of these things occurred. I guess my first thought was, "Dang, this guy has got the coolest job in the world!" But I have to admit, some of the stuff that has happened to him is creepy, and maybe I would have been scared if these things had happened to me.

Shadows and Paranormal Activity

Others have had experiences as well. I guess the life of museum tour guides and instructors is never dull, even though you might think that it is. Guests in the exhibit have heard and seen things, especially at night when the attraction is getting ready to close. Other workers have had unusual experiences as well, including seeing a shadow of a person standing on the replica of the ship's steps known as the Grand Staircase. They have heard footsteps and seen this figure who disappears when anyone tries to call out to her.

There is an area where bunks are displayed to show visitors how little room passengers really did have in their cabins. It also shows the differences between accommodations for the third class passengers and those of the first class passengers. There have been reports of footsteps being heard down the hallway of this display. In other areas where there are displays, workers report a feeling of being watched at times.

It's odd to think that this stuff is happening here, in Las Vegas, a city that barely even existed back in 1912 when the Titanic sank. Those having these experiences here at the Titanic Exhibit at the Luxor hotel explain it as those from the other side still having this connection to the things that belonged to them while they were here. So is this exhibit a "portal" to the other side? No one really knows for sure.

Local Newspapers Investigate

A newspaper here in Las Vegas recently sent a couple of reporters to the exhibit at night to see if they would have any strange encounters while they were there. Along with them were two professional ghost hunters. These professionals were Tina Carlson—who is the director of a local group known as "The Las Vegas Society Of Supernatural Investigations"—and her assistant and co-director, Nancy Riggs.

Before this group was shut inside the exhibit for several hours, they received a tour that was guided by a museum staffer named Marc Lester. He showed them all the areas where these ghostly encounters have been reported to have taken place. Some of the areas of the exhibit are made to look like actual rooms that would have been found on the Titanic. Some, like the replica of the Grand Staircase, are eerily almost identical to the original. Which could partially help to explain these goings-on. Maybe these "spirits" are confused and believe that this actually is the Titanic? Ok, maybe not.

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A Room With an Interesting Story

As visitors first enter the Titanic exhibit at the Luxor, the first room they see is the engine room. On the wall in that room is a picture that is said to be haunted. The picture is of one of the directors and managers of the White Star Line, the company that built the Titanic. The man's name is Bruce Ismay. When the Titanic sank, he was one of the survivors, a fact that really irritated many of the family members of loved ones who were lost when the ship sank.

It is said that this picture itself is haunted. The way the tale goes, one night, it was thought that the picture fell to the floor. That's where the picture was found when the attraction opened in the morning to visitors. The picture was not broken, and they thought it was unusual that it could fall without breaking. Once the security video was viewed, those who were watching it were completely surprised as they watched the picture slowly go down the wall to the floor, where it proceeded to turn on its side and then it slid a few more inches.

Do I have you scared yet? I know reading this gave me goosebumps when I first read it.

This is where the tour began for the newspaper reporters and for the two ghost hunters who spent the night in this museum. The women who specialize in ghost hunting actually wore vests containing the tools necessary for ghost hunting. This included an electromagnetic field detector, which is commonly used for the purpose of determining if there is a disturbance in the electromagnetic fields, usually a sign of . . . something being there.

As the group left to go to another room, an alarm suddenly went off. It was one of the motion sensor alarms that go off only when the case in that room is disturbed or touched by someone . . . only no one touched it. The reporters reported cases of goosebumps and wide eyes, but otherwise, everyone was OK.

A bit later, they had one more encounter that night. They heard what sounded like fast-moving footsteps creaking behind them in the hallway where the third-class bunk rooms were located. This was one of the places in the Titanic Artifact Exhibit where many of the workers had previously reported unusual happenings. These two incidences turned out to be the only two "encounters" the group had that night.

Haunted Tours at the Luxor

If you are ever here visiting Las Vegas during the month of October, the Titanic Exhibit at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas might be offering "haunted tours" to visitors wishing to try this out for themselves. They have offered these tours in past years. I have to admit; it is pretty tempting! I'll let you know if we are ever brave enough to try this tour. It really does sound interesting, especially to someone like me who is fascinated by things like ghost towns and ghost stories. I'll come back and report if we do go.


KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on October 28, 2012:

Thanks for visiting Angie! :) It wasn't scary when we visited, but then that was during the daytime, not at night like people are doing now to see if it is haunted. :) If we make it over there again before Halloween I'll let you know! :) Thanks so much for commenting!

Angie Jardine from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... on October 28, 2012:

Fascinating hub, Kathy! I for one would be much too nervous to visit the exhibition.

If I am honest, I’m not entirely sure I would like to see personal items that actually belonged to those poor people. It seems a little disrespectful but that could just be me being over-sensitive.

But the actual reproductions of the Titanic's staircase, its cabins etc and parts of it I would quite like to see.

You must go and visit it for a haunted tour … and report back to us cowards :)

KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on October 26, 2012:

Thanks so much, Ruby! So glad you enjoyed this. I hope you get to see this exhibit if you get out this way again, it is really interesting! :)

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 26, 2012:

Interesting and a bit scary. The exhibit was not there when i visited Vegas, I wish it were. Enjoyed your article..Thank you...

KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on October 25, 2012:

Thanks for those nice words, tirelesstraveler! So GLAD the creaking you heard was harmless! :) Glad you enjoyed reading this, it was a fun one to write! :)

KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on October 25, 2012:

Hi Kashmir! Thanks so much for commenting, I missed that episode of ghost hunters! That is interesting! Thanks so much for the great votes and shares! :)

Judy Specht from California on October 25, 2012:

For some reason Americans don't seem to believe in the supernatural. The bible talks lots about the supernatural realm.

Excellent hub. Hearing creaking as I write.

"Oh that's just my husband leaning back in his chair." Whew! :)

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on October 25, 2012:

Hi Kathy great hub and found it both interesting and fascinating . I saw this exhibition on ghost hunters when the investigated it, they also found a lot of paranormal activity within it .

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on October 25, 2012:

Thanks, Peter! The entire island of Bali is haunted? That is so interesting! I'd love to visit there one day! Thanks so much for your nice comment! :)

KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on October 25, 2012:

Thanks, Beckie! I think if I ever felt tugs at my jacket, I would RUN too, only I wouldn't have far to go living here in Vegas! :) It would definitely be very scary! Thanks so much for visiting! :)

KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on October 25, 2012:

Hey Jessefutch, hope you do see or hear something while you're there... even if you don't, the Titanic Exhibition is SO interesting, I think you and your wife will really enjoy walking through it! :) Thanks so much for commenting! :)

Peter Nehemia from Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia on October 25, 2012:

There are haunted places, even in the United States where science is at the fastest pace. In Bali, the entire island is haunted. Interesting hub, KathyH. :)

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on October 25, 2012:

Wow Cathy! Thanks so much for producing this spine tingling hub. It brings two of my favorite subjects together - spooky stories and The Titanic. It would not surprise me if there is something going on with items from such a tragedy. Although if I were ever touched I would run, swim and hike all the way back to Upstate NY!

jessefutch from North Carolina on October 25, 2012:

My wife and I are going to the Luxor on vacation soon! I can't wait to see something haunting... I'll report back if any paranormal activity find us!

KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on October 24, 2012:

Thanks so much, Phyllis! I appreciate you visiting and your wonderful comment! I will let you know if we go! :)

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on October 24, 2012:

My gosh, Kathy, yes, do let us know if you visit the exhibit and what happens. Myself, I am very sensitive to spirits and the spiritual realms. My opinion is that when the Titanic was discovered a lot of things were disturbed, not just the material objects, but the spirits of the ones who went down with the Titanic.

Very interesting hub and very well-written. Up, Awesome, Interesting

KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on October 24, 2012:

Thanks so much, Billybuc! I hope it does come up to the Northwest sometime... it is VERY interesting! :) I appreciate you stopping by!

KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on October 24, 2012:

Thanks so much for your interesting comment, Peggy! I appreciate that! :) I wonder if the Houston one was haunted as well? Thanks so much for sharing, too, much appreciated!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 24, 2012:

I'll never find out myself because I refuse to go to Las Vegas, but this was fascinating, and if the exhibit ever makes it to the northwest I will definitely go. Interesting hub Kathy!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2012:

We saw the same Titanic exhibit at our Natural Science Museum here in Houston many years ago. It is an amazing traveling exhibit. People are dressed up in period costumes in the various rooms as if they were third class voyagers; first class; people connected with running the ship, etc. All of the actual artifacts are amazing to see and that grand staircase really gives one the feeling of being on the Titanic. I don't remember hearing any stories about the hauntings here in Houston although I may have missed it. Wonder if the paranormal activities accompany the exhibit wherever it happens to tour or if the Luxor pyramid shape has anything to do with it? Up, interesting and shared!

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