Dark Hours and Museum Ghost Stories

By Lisa Terech, Community Engagement

In late September, the OM was excited to welcome long time partners Ben Stacey and Paul Silliphant who were filming a TV show for Bell Fibe called Dark Hours. We have partnered with Ben & Paul in the past with their group Proo{f} for paranormal investigations at the Museum, and when we were asked to share museum ghost stories for the TV show, of course we said yes!

‘Is the Museum haunted?’ is, without a doubt, one of our most frequently asked questions. Everyone has their own answer to this question, and for several years, we invited guests to discover for themselves when we have investigative events in partnership with Proo{f}. We had asked Visitor Hosts, past and present, to share their ghost stories.

In my almost 11 years at the Oshawa Museum, I can’t say I’ve had many paranormal experiences. However, there is one experience I cannot explain. My first September at the Museum, I was very uncomfortable inside the Henry House Study. I have no idea why, but when I was closing the houses at the end of each day, all I knew is that I needed to be in and out of that room as soon as possible. I didn’t really think much of it (perhaps it’s because the room gets super dark once the blinds are drawn, maybe it’s my imagination running wild), until I was talking to Victoria, another team member, and she was having the exact same discomfort in the Study. She said she felt like she had to say good night to Thomas Henry as she passed his portrait. The uneasy feeling didn’t last longer than a few weeks, and it was very strange indeed that we both had those same feelings. Did I mention that Thomas died during the month of September?

You can read about other staff member’s experiences on the OM Blog:

Ghostly Stories from our Visitor Hosts, Part 1

It is a commonly asked of our Visitors Hosts: Are the Museum buildings haunted? Guests are quick to relay the stories they have heard, and they are seeking confirmation that there might be spirits who call the museum their home. On September 26, we are selling tickets to an evening with Proo(f).  Join the paranormal … Continue reading “Ghostly Stories from our Visitor Hosts, Part 1”

Ghostly Stories from our Visitor Hosts, Part 2

It is a commonly asked of our Visitors Hosts: Are the Museum buildings haunted? Guests are quick to relay the stories they have heard, and they are seeking confirmation that there might be spirits who call the museum their home. Tomorrow night, the paranormal research team Proo{f} will host an interactive presentation at the Oshawa Museum about ghosts, … Continue reading “Ghostly Stories from our Visitor Hosts, Part 2”

Be sure to tune into Bell FibeTV1 to catch Dark Hours!


Our October Tea & Talk from Home looks at Museum Ghost Stories & Victorian Mourning traditions! It’s not too late to book your virtual ticket! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/171150705367

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