Museum Contains 1000 “Certified Haunted Objects” And Paranormal Events Allegedly Frequent

Last Update: June 20, 2018 at 12:23 pm


Feb. 2017


Museum of Shadows houses ghosts, paranormal activity


A bell rings, a door is slammed shut and something scrapes across the floor.

But nothing living is there.

This is normal for Nate Raterman and his wife Kaleigh, owners of the Museum of Shadows in downtown Elmwood, Nebraska.

Opened in September, the museum boasts over 1,000 artifacts tested by the couple and certified haunted.

Thermal imaging photos and security camera footage on the museum’s website show strange figures and a curtain moving on its own.

With dim lights and children singing “Ring Around The Rosie” in the background, the museum is guaranteed to give anyone the creeps. But the scariest parts are the real objects coming from places as far as Sri Lanka with, as Nate and Kaleigh would put it, “attached spirits”.

There is a heavy and spine-chilling feeling around these objects as visitors read the plaques that explain the haunted background.

A horned mask has been known to emulate drum beats and chanting. An oil lamp from Turkey has to be kept in a glass container because if touched, it is said to cause physical sickness.

The most haunted artifact in the museum is an antique doll named Ayda who inspired a horror movie. She was originally found in a house a family had just bought.

“The husband threw her away, and she went to a landfill 20 miles away from their home. And two years later she showed back up in the home without her eyes,” Kaleigh said.

When they come into the museum, It’s common for the Ratermans to find her and the other artifacts in a different position.

All the artifacts are donated from around the world from people who’ve had paranormal experiences with them. They then go through rigorous testing in a place Nate and Kaleigh call quarantine.

“We don’t just take any random object that people bring in,” Kaleigh said. “We do investigate all of them before bringing them in just to make sure something is attached.”

The museum also holds three haunted gurneys from three different time periods to honor the history of the building itself. Built almost 130 years ago, the building was home to a fancy suit store and then a paint store whose owner used the basement for embalming.

“Actually before we brought any items into the museum, it already had activity in it,” Kaleigh said. “Nate and I were in here painting and remodeling, and we had paint cans slide across the floor about six inches.”

Eric Cummings, a paranormal connoisseur who visited the museum recently, gave rave reviews.

“I don’t know the words for it other than phenomenal,” Cummings said. “I walked in and immediately felt the energy that the building was emitting.”