Is the Titanic Exhibit at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas Haunted?
Do People Keep a Connection to Their Worldly Belongings After They Die?
This is the question being asked by workers at the Titanic exhibit in the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. It seems that strange things have been happening at the exhibition.
When workers were trying to find an explanation for those unusual happenings, one idea someone put out there was 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 museum has things like huge pieces of the ship itself on display there, along with other items like the passengers' personal clothing, eyeglasses, letters, dishes, passenger luggage, shoes, and purses.
This interesting exhibit opened in 2008 and is owned and operated by a company from Georgia called Premier Exhibitions. This company runs many traveling exhibitions, the Titanic exhibits among them. This particular location at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas is huge compared to the other locations for these exhibits. 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 seems that as the workers go through this exhibit after hours, strange things sometimes begin to happen—unexplained phenomena that borders 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.
Artifact Specialists Have Good Stories to Tell
One of the artifact specialists there, a man named Joe Zimmer, has reported seeing and experiencing strange happenings and he is not alone. (Pun intended). 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 himself has had experiences. And usually, they happen late at night, around 11:00 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.
Every time these things happened to Joe, he was by himself. And as he said when he was interviewed by a local newspaper, he was sober. And yes, he is also reported to be sane. 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.
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 ships 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.
Recently, a newspaper here in Las Vegas sent a couple of reporters in 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. A woman named Tina Carlson, who is the director of a local group here known as "The Las Vegas Society Of Supernatural Investigations" and her assistant and co-director, a lady named Nancy Riggs went along.
Before this group was shut inside of 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.
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.
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.