Taft Museum of Art

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The Taft Museum of Art, built in 1820 by Martin Baum, is said to be haunted by several ghosts. Annie is the most famous, the wife of Charles Phelps Taft, half-brother of President William Howard Taft. They are the ones who donated the building to the city in 1932. Annie wears a long pink gown. Other ghosts are said to walk at night, call people’s names, tap them on the shoulder, and knock things down in the gift shop. A phantom baby’s cries are heard here as well.

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316 Pike St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
United States

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39.1021969, -84.50265200000001
Hamilton County, Ohio
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  1. While working in the museum, I have heard the phantom baby cry. The mournful wails for the baby are enough to break the heart of anyone who hears it, male or female. The crying tends to start in the early hours, before the museum is open to the public. I most often heard the crying near the dining room while making rounds, or I heard it filtering down the stair case as I cut through the downstairs to get to the main entrance.

  2. I visited the museum three years ago and I had never heard of it being haunted. I went with my boyfriend for a visit as a fun thing to do with our weekend. As we went through the building with the tour guide everything was wonderful. I had charged my phone and camera the night before and was excited to take pictures. After our tour, our guide told us that she had another tour coming and that we were welcome to walk around on our own. Shortly after she left us, I began to feel sick. I felt like I had a huge weight on my chest and felt like I was going to pass out. My boyfriend even said, “Are you okay…you like kinda crappy.” Ha! But I wanted to continue looking around and out of nowhere my phone died, so I grabbed my camera and the battery was flashing red, when it had just been full a few moments prior. I felt so lightheaded that we had to leave and as we walked out I stopped to take a picture of the pretty Christmas decorations they had around the windows and as soon as I stepped outside I instantly felt better and my boyfriend made a joke saying, “Maybe Fanny Taft just wanted you out of her home.” At that moment I took a picture and when we got to the truck I realized there is a face in the bottom right corner of the window, plain as day. I will have to find the picture and upload it!

  3. I just researched other websites about the ghosts and after Googling David Sinton who died in the house…I am pretty surprised. It looks spot on to the ghost in my picture. I will do a side by side comparison and submit the photo. I have chills!

  4. When I went with my class we experienced all kinds of stuff. When we were in the wedding room my friend was pushed out of the room on her way out we also heard big stomping footsteps as if somebody was following us and it got closer and my other half of the class dealt with stuff too.

  5. When in the restroom with my teenage daughter, I heard someone say “mom.” When I asked “what?” my daughter replied “mom I heard that too , but it want me.” We were the only two people in the small restroom.

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