Garibaldi-Meucci Museum to Host Haunted Historical Tours, 10/25

You may know Staten Island's historic Italian landmark, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, as the home of Italian culture and educational programming for all ages. But you may not know that it is also rumored to be the dwelling place for several ethereal inhabitants who refuse to leave. After lenghty investigations, and all-night stake-outs, the Staten Island Paranormal Society, the Eastern Paranormal Investigation Center and Haunted Times Magazine have declared the building "haunted."

On Friday October 25, you are dared to come on a ghost hunt of your own during a Haunted Historical Tour hosted by the Staten Island Paranormal Society and the New York Paranormal Society. Each of the tours of the 160-year-old Gothic revival-style house and grounds-offered at 9 p.m. 10:30 p.m. and midnight-is sure to be entertaining, and chilling, for believers and skeptics alike.

We've been told our phantom "guest" may be a woman domestic who's very upset that her kitchen was removed from the house. Or perhaps it is the Italian war hero, Giuseppe Garibaldi, wishing to return to his idyllic days on Staten Island. In "Big Book of New York Ghost Stories," author Cheri Revai wonders if the groans and coughing that have been heard are from Antonio Meucci's bedridden wife, Ester, who is buried in the front yard. Or perhaps the sound of something touching a camera, that was set up to record possible invisible entities, was caused by Meucci himself, testing the device and wondering what it was all about.

Come hear about strange experiences in the house, and review evidence gathered by the Staten Island Paranormal Society and EPIC Paranormal, including digital photos, videotape and Electronic Voice Phenomena captured by digital voice recorders. Share your own ghostly experiences, and be sure to bring a camera, digital voice recorder or other "ghost-hunting" equipment to perhaps capture a "spirit" of your own while touring the house and grounds. Hear Italian ghost tales, as well as the story of the house and its past tenants and the roles they played in the history of Staten Island.

The 50-minute tours offered at 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. have admission of $15. A special 90-minute midnight tour will have admission of $20. Each tour has a minimum of 6 and maximum of 20 people.

All tours start promptly, so please arrive 10 minutes early. Prepaid reservations are required, and may be made at our on-line store

Due to the unpredictable nature of the spirits, these tours are not suitable for children. Private tours for large groups are available, special fees may apply. Please call 718-442-1608 for details.

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