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Herzstein Memorial Museum

Herzstein Memorial Museum

22 South 2nd Street
Clayton, New Mexico
88415 USA

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Clayton, NM is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, The Herzstein Memorial Museum. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History

Originally constructed in 1919, this historic building flaunts its original kitchen and stained glass windows from the days it served as a Methodist Episcopal Church. The building at one point also had a one-lane bowling alley, a roller rink, and a center stage. Upstairs is the original sanctuary which still holds the majestic original stained glass windows.

The late Albert Herzstein, remembering his childhood hometown, generously supported the museum. In 1987, an extensive renovation of the building began through the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation. Most of the original construction has been impeccably preserved, including the white cedar floors.

This museum has an extensive display of antiques and artifacts which have been given or loaned by the many people interested in preserving the history and heritage of Union County. Furnishings from a doctor’s office of the 1930s, an eye doctor’s equipment, a model railroad with downtown Clayton as the background, vintage clothing and hats, Native American artifacts, toys, and furniture are among the many items to be seen in the museum. Other interesting displays have featured the Santa Fe Trail, dinosaurs, family memorabilia, and many other interesting themes.

The museum is on the State Register of Historic Places.

The Hauntings

If spectral energy can be held by the possessions once beloved by a living person then this place is off the chart! The museum is not shy and quite open about their ghosts. One of them is an older lady, defined as "sassy". She was validated by a paranormal investigation team in 2015. She has made herself known in different ways. Perhaps she is the one that walks in the kitchen, as evidenced by the sound of disembodied high heels?

Other evidence that has been detected includes unexplained noises such as stairs rattling with no one on them. There is also poltergeists knocking objects over. A child ghost is also active. His sweet voice came through on an EVP (Digital Recorder).

This is a total must stop for any paranormal enthusiast. Not just because of its high energetic activity, but the museum guides will give you a super scary tour, at no cost! (Donations, of course, are always accepted.)


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Date added: Jun/06/2020 | Last time updated: Jun/14/2021

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