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Molly Brown

Denver, Colorado

The unusual activity in this house has been reported by several employees. Hauntings include dark shadows moving about rooms when there is no light to produce them, and piano keys moving on their own, but making no sound. In this building, many people report the pungent smell of fresh cigar smoke; Mr. Brown was known to be an avid smoker of cigars.

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lynn says:

October 11, 2005, 7:58 pm

When I was 13 years old I lived in the Molly Brown House. It was,at that time , a home for teenage girls who had no where else to go. At night, while I laid in my bed.I would hear noise comming from the top floor. No one was allowed up there. But I used to hear squeeking noises. like a rocking chair. One afternoon the houseparents let us go up there and take a look. I saw an old rocking chair up there. It did not scare me. But, I would think about it while I was laying in bed at night trying to sleep. I have alot of memories from that time. Some good some not so great. I was there at the end. I know why they closed it down. I know why they decied not to continue to run it as a home for wayward girls anymore. I know the whole story. It is pretty interesting in itself.

Jentle says:

November 9, 2005, 1:46 pm

that must have been scary for you. do you wake up at night hearing it even though your not in that place anymore?

Julia says:

November 24, 2005, 6:36 pm

Heh. Anyone ever hear of Mercy Brown?

lexigirl007 says:

February 2, 2006, 7:34 pm

Wow that would scare the **** out of me. My house is moderatly haunted because sometimes we smell cigarette smoke strongly, even though no one in my family smokes. Also when I go in my parents room, I can feel a man watching me in the corner and a baby a sit for cries if she gets near that corner. It’s creepy.

sam says:

March 14, 2006, 4:55 pm

i went to this house to write a story on ghosts! but i never returned I DIED!!! pleeeezzzz save me!!! i am locked up in this house!!!

Cherish says:

March 24, 2006, 9:15 am

Okay this is probably a silly question, but why did it close?

Rebecca says:

May 5, 2006, 3:03 pm

I believe that there are ghosts. I live in Texas and at my house the cupboards open by themselves. I can go in and close them and a little while later another one is open. Or the kitchen curtain will be closed when I had just opened it. We sometimes hear people talking. My daughter said she use to see a little boy that talked to her when she was little. We would ask her questions about him and she would tell us the name of his parent and where they worked.

angel says:

August 22, 2006, 6:29 am

sam ur weird

April says:

August 25, 2006, 3:40 am

Hey…watch the movie Titanic…the rich woman that comes aboard is named Molly Brown!!!

angel says:

August 25, 2006, 1:00 pm

is she?

Leslie says:

September 6, 2006, 9:52 am

Yup. The reason the woman in Titanic and the woman for whom this house is named are both called Molly Brown is because they are the same person. She was actually called Maggie Brown. I have been in this house countless times, and never experienced anything. It’s a wonderful old house, well restored, and decorated, but I doubt it’s haunted. The Browns didn’t live in it that long, none of them died in it, and Mr. Brown left Maggie, so why would he stick around and smoke cigars in a spot he ran from???? I think people feel and think what they expect to feel and think, and this does LOOK like a house that would be haunted. The only thing I feel in the house is a sense of history.

brandi says:

October 13, 2006, 12:13 pm

when i was about four i was at this house when i was little and in my room i was afraid of it so much i would cry and cry and then i saw a white thing with red eys

chari says:

October 20, 2006, 9:25 pm

thats the same molly brown april duh

chari says:

October 20, 2006, 9:27 pm

jk spooky huh

chari says:

October 21, 2006, 9:37 pm

the old molly brown house is on wads and yale before she became rich and that is the scary one

Lori says:

October 23, 2006, 10:22 am

People always fear what they don’t understand. It doesn’t matter how long they lived there or if they died there ghost return to famliar places that make them feel comfrontable. Spirits truley do live on just because young souls don’t see or understand them doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Haven’t you ever felt a cold draft upon your shoulder and you turn and look to see if any one is there. Yet it’s hot in the room and no one else is there. Or you feel a tap on the shoulder or blowing of air in your ear yet still no one there. Those are incounter of your friendly ghostly spirits.

Care says:

November 2, 2006, 12:58 am

I visited the Molly Brown house twice. The second time I was 12 and went with my aunt and sister. Both my sister and I ended up passing out during the visit. I have only passed out one other time in my life and my sister never has before or since. All the sudden we both just felt so hot. This also happened at seperate time. She passed out about 10 minutes after me. Once we left the house we were fine. Needless to say we were both very embarrased. I don’t know if it means anything paranormal but it was a very weird physical feeling.

jaylee says:

December 7, 2006, 8:16 pm

You are full of it sam.

bob the builder says:

March 8, 2007, 4:49 pm

I have been many times and nothing ******** happened, duh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

bob the builder says:

March 8, 2007, 4:49 pm

I have been many there times and nothing ******** happened, duh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

makinzee says:

March 22, 2007, 7:24 pm

My house is really wierd. It can’t be haunted but i think something or someone was there one morning at about 6 and i was alone and asleep when our bathroom door slammed shut. i have no idea what is was. it woke me up and i thought that my dad didnt leave yet for work so i got up to see why he did that and nobody was there. i turned on all the lights and didnt go back to sleep. all i no is my dog wouldnt stop stareing in the area. i was so feaked.

cdawg says:

October 15, 2007, 5:40 pm

iv’e always wanted to go the molly brown house, but never found the time. im only 15 and ever since i moved into my last house, iv’e developed an obsession for ghosts… we had to move from my old house because it ws haunted by something evil. i was pushed down the stairs, off my bed, and had scratchs on my body made by unseen hands. we even caught some stuff on video!!!!!

Jennifer says:

November 20, 2007, 7:41 pm

Ok i just need to say, i don`t think ghosts r real i hear people talk about it but to me to know if it`s real it has to happen to me.

iceveiled says:

January 9, 2008, 12:28 pm

The company I worked for there took us to dinner and performance there one evening in the summer of 2007. I didn’t feel or detect any paranormal activity. It’s a nice cozy house.

Lori says:

March 15, 2008, 1:29 am

My children and I visited the Molly Brown mansion on Pennsylvania Aveneue in Denver yesterday. I want to be very clear that we did not visit with an expectation of seeing ghosts. Before we entered the front door I called out to Molly Brown by saying, “hey Molly, we heard you had a bad trip on your way back from England. All is well and we came by to see you.” Upon entering the foyer, I became very dizzy. I had a strong sense that I should leave the house but had just paid for the tour so i had better complete the tour. The tour guide then proceeded to the living areas such as the parlor and then the dining room. She shut the door in the dining room that led to the kitchen. We then proceeded upstairs. I made a point to touch the items in the house after having been instructed not to touch anything in the house. I continued to feel dizzier and more faint throughout the tour. Finally, we were in the kitchen and the door that had been shut earlier by the tour guide began to open by itself. My 11 year old son asked why the door was openly by itelf. I turned around to see a heavy wood door opening. I became more and more dizzy. I thought I was going to faint. I asked to leave the out the back door and end my tour of the house. I ran out of the house and into the carriage house looking for a restroom. In the restroom, I spewed out black vomit. After that I felt fine and was told that maybe I had altitude sickness. I was also told by a staff member that people often become faint while touring the house. Very bizarre tour.

lovinghaunts says:

May 12, 2008, 5:24 pm

Lynn, Why did it close?
Happy Haunts

rosemary says:

October 8, 2008, 9:15 am

I went to the Molly Brown house and although didn’t experience anything out of the ordinary, I thought it was a nice tour.

I don’t know if there are or aren’t ghosts, but never experienced any thus far.

Sophia says:

October 18, 2008, 11:52 pm

I visited the house a few years back. I consider myself sensitive, when i entered the house I felt a presence. I asked the man giving us the tour if anything wierd happened there, he said ” what do you mean?” I said “like ghosts.” He said ” Yes we have strange things happen here,” I said, “like what” he said, “the light bulbs unscrew themselves.” I felt like something was there but I never saw anything. I know from my experience that Mr. brown is there, I felt him there.

erin says:

October 26, 2008, 1:43 am

first of all Lori that is very disrespectful, Ms. Brown probably got pissed cuz you were touching her things! wouldnt you!? and second all ghosts are is residual energy with some leftover personality, to say they don’t exist is not only closed minded but kinda dumb. energy can be created but it can’t be uncreated, if you think about it that’s all a human is is energy so it makes sense that when we die our energies just kinda hang around

hayley says:

November 1, 2008, 1:49 pm

i went to the molly brown house when i was 12 … my aunt lived there for only a couple of months!! when i stayed the night whith her u could hear cabinets opening by them self…and u can smell smoke even though no one smoked or people was watching u .. it was so creepy

smart11 says:

November 10, 2008, 2:47 pm

erin is right. ghosts r only residual energy but my mom did go to the Brown house and she smelled the smoke. i like getting freaked out.: )

Lea says:

November 21, 2008, 6:24 pm

My youngest son and I wanted to take a tour of the house on one Sat. afternoon, both of us was okay before we entered the house and neither of us had been there before nor knew the history of it at all. When we went to enter the house I started feeling very ill, and almost ready to pass out, I grabbed my son’s arm and said I need to have a seat. we stepped out of the house and he went to get me a bottle of water. when he came back I had told him that some one has died here I can tell. Well, we went back in to finish the tour, and by the time we got to the second floor they mentioned that her parents had both died in the house, so I made a promise to myself I would never re-enter the house ever again. I do attend to go back one more time now but this time I am going to take a voice a recorder to see if I can pick up anything unusual in there but only with my husband around in case i get that sick feeling once again .

chris says:

January 10, 2009, 12:05 pm

Do you have things going bump in the night ? want us to check it out ?

Nan says:

January 13, 2009, 1:15 am

In 1959 my mother bought an old mahogany rocking chair from an auction at the “Brown House” in Denver, Colorado At the time I did not know that it was an auction of furniture from Molly Browns house. I still have the rocking chair. It is very old and once had leather seat and back, but has been reupholstered. Sometimes it rocks by itself. I don’t know if it is the ghost of my mother or if it is Molly’s ghost. The chair is very ornate and has “handles” at the top so that someone can stand behind it and rock the chair (as if it were made for someone frail who needed a nurse to make it rock). That’s all I know.

Wat eva says:

January 13, 2009, 2:44 pm

omg people you guys realy belive that go get saved by god cuz u guys think that there is and ur imagenation makes it real but if u have god in ur life u would not be scared any more!!!

Sophia Gates says:

April 2, 2009, 12:21 pm

In the summer of 2006 my family visited the Molly Brown house. It was beautiful. I consider myself sensitive to the paranormal, and while touring the house I sensed something, I then asked the tour guide if anything strange has happened while he worked there, he said yes he has felt something brush past him on the stairs and that the light bulbs which hang from a high ceiling unscrew themselves. I found it interesting.

Channon says:

April 19, 2009, 1:22 am

I visited the Molly Brown house with my family last spring totally not expecting to experience anything but a bit of history. I was on the tour standing in the dining room with my back close to the door that leads to the kitchen when I felt a tug on my purse. I immediately turned around expecting to find one of my children tugging on me…no one was there. All of my children were well in front of me, and there was no room for anyone to have gotten behind me to do that. When I told my husband and children what happened, they just laughed and still give me a hard time about it to this day. I was starting to doubt that I really felt what I did. However, after reading Lori’s comment, I am a bit scared and exhilirated. That is the area that I was standing — the door from the dining room to the kitchen. I’m really weirded out now!!! I know what I felt and it was more than real. Lori’s experience actually happened around the same time that I had my experience in that area of the house…

jeff says:

August 7, 2009, 6:05 pm

it’s funny that some people can believe in the holy ghost, but otherwise think ghosts are nonexistent

Mick says:

September 21, 2009, 7:43 pm

I swear that when they had the tours open, my friends and i all heared a small voice coming from down a long hallway.

Ana says:

October 17, 2009, 1:03 am

I’ve been to the House quite a few times and honestly it’s not that bad, I do agree with the smells though, has anyone else smell perfume? ASking that is hard if you’ve been there on a tour since it could be another member of the tour but it smelt liked an older perfume. Not something from Victoria Secrets. Does anyone have any idea what I am talking about?
Also Lori,
She prolly felt like she was being mocked. And touching her stuff prolly angered her more. Once you started feeling dizzy you should have stopped going out of your way to make it worse. Molly wasn’t a mean person. She made an exseption for you it seems.

Chris says:

November 4, 2009, 10:51 pm

Though I haven’t been back home(Denver)for many years Mr. Brown and Molly do reside in the house still. Try sitting at the head of the table in the dinning room. You will smell the smoke of a cigar and feel as though your sitting on someone. Try standing at the end of the first flight of stairs, you will as if someone has walked right by you.

Sarah Withee says:

March 15, 2010, 12:37 am

I was going to tour the house with my friend Karen. When I got to the front porch, I could feel someone looking at me thru the parlor window. I really got freaked out, but went on the tour anyway. I will continue to visit this place cause it is beautiful and I know that the spirits will not hurt me.

Cherie says:

August 16, 2010, 10:58 pm

HOLY ****! Ok I just visited this house and while I was in there I felt so so so faint. I felt like I wanted to pass out, I could barely even stand. I didn’t think too much of it, although I HATED the tour because of how faint I was. My grandparents and cousin seemed just fine, and I didn’t want to complain or anything so I just sucked it up. Towards the end of the tour I couldn’t take it, I had to kneel though. Now reading all these comments about it being haunted and other people often feeling faint when going there really freaks me out. Geez I guess that was the spirits telling me they were there and I could feel them!

Cajun says:

November 4, 2010, 1:26 pm

Lynn, I am hoping you read this, since your post is a few years old. Is there anyway I may be able to contact you about your time living in the Brown home? I have been doing alot of study on Titanic, and Molly Brown. I am going to be doing a little historian and paranormal report project and really would love to talk to you. I appreciate any info you can spare. Let me remind you, there is no funds or money involved. I am an everyday person, working a full time job, I just want to find all I can about your expierence for historic and paranormal (if any) for my own personal reasons. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

Killian says:

December 11, 2010, 12:50 am

Ive been to that house it was scary. Once I heard voices and then I felt like I was pushed.

Nikelle says:

April 24, 2011, 7:11 pm

Okay so I had to do a project for school and go to a museum of our choice. I decided to go here and when me and my dad were in the living room by the door that was suposidly for the “servants” Me and My dad heard and I saw the door move the handle jiggled. It was soo creepy I know its haunted no joke. And if you look at the floor plans there are doors that have been totally moved and some gone and down stairs or like main level there is a room that seems way to small and on the other side another room and in the back there is a mini door i swear go to and see. Its creepy theres somthing rong and sum secrets in that house… FYI im 15

Daniel says:

February 5, 2012, 8:50 pm

Okay first off, Lori, I cannot believe you touched that stuff!!!! Everything in that house is well over 90 years old, fragile, and did you know that over $5,000,000 was put into restoring that house for you and your kids to enjoy as well as millions of others? You touching that stuff after being told not to is so disrespectful and you got what you deserved, and I need to say, RIGHT ON MRS. B!!!!!!! So my name is Daniel, I am currently a page at the Molly Brown House Museum. I will be 15 on April 15 (isn’t that ironic with the Titanic and all?) A page at this museum means I follow the group around, I add facts in around the mansion as we walk through it, I recite the rules (LORI) and I do Most of the explaining on the second floor about Moly and her family, and I do all of the Titanic section. I am an expert on both topics and where they cross because I’ve studied them both sense I was 3 and I saw the movie The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Before I became a page two years ago, I went to the museum tours on a regular bases, at least once a month every year. After my dad died when I was about 6 or 7, the only place I was happy was at the museum, I was in kinda a kid depression. So on this one day, we were still in the foyer, I asked the guide who the two heads on the plaque in the fireplace were, he said they were supposed to depict Romeo and Juliet. I said I thought they looked like Molly and her husband JJ when they were still happy. At that moment I felt a warm hand on my back, I thought it was my mom, but when I looked back there was nobody there and the tour had move into the parlor and my mom was up by the piano next to the guide. I remember feeling the hand being small and gentle, which makes me think it was Molly because she was a large women for living in her time but she was especially proud of her small and dainty hands. Then for the rest of the tour my left hand was really warm and was sweaty, sweaty like someone holding your hand sweaty, not like athletic sweat. My next experience was a few tours later but in the same year. It was early July. The tour was in the sunroom and the guide had just sent the tour to explore the second floor rooms. The last thing she told us was that the sunroom was Molly’s favorite room in the house. I was thinking to myself how that was so obvious because Molly was a free spirit, she was so open and almost “airy” just like the sunroom especially when the two windows are open and the balcony door is open and fresh air is literally pouring into the house. If anyone wants to hear a story from one of Molly’s journal entries about sending away the Colorado governor when he came to call on her so she could lay on a sofa in the sunroom with the windows and door opened. But when I thought that, the balcony door opened by itself, ait came flying in and I felt the warmth on my hand again, I recognized its feeling from before. My arm started to lift and point to the door, I couldnt stop it, my feet then started to move towards the door and I couldnt stop that either. I was pulled to the railing across the balcony and for a moment, I saw all the hideous skyscrapers and buildings from modern day disapear, I saw only victorian mansions, grass, trees, the capitol building, and the mountains, it looked like a spring morning. I figured it was Denver back at the end of the 19th century or at the start of the 20th century the way Margret saw it. Then the guide came out and pulled me back in and the tour was all staring at me waiting for an explanation. I didnt have one though, I didnt want people thinking I was crazy so I just stared at the floor. The group started to disperse around the floor again and my mother and guide stayed with me and asked me what happened, the guide nodded and told me about a time when she was giving a tour and she was standing in the foyer talking with her back to the doorway to the parlor and the pocket doors rolled closed and locked but nobody was there. This next time was two years ago when I was paging and giving my first tour of th day and I was doing my Titanic section part. I was standing in the door to JJ’s room and was telling them JJ’s quote about Molly being too mean to sink right after the Titanic desaster and he heard her quote about being unsinkable. I then felt an awful freezing wind on my back. then I felt the warmth on my hnd pull my out of the room. I finished the tour and when me and my guid were walking through the diningroom to the front porch to start the next tour, I was walking with my head turned around answering a question about what my favorite part of the house was. When I finished telling her I turned back around and was just about to walk out the door to the foyer when the pocket door slammed closed, I walked right into it and my head hit the wood. When that happened I felt the cold and smelled tobacco smoke. When I turned around the guide screamed, she asked me if I saw the smoke moving to the kitchen. I didn’t, but I did see the door to the Butler’s Pantry open and close. I then felt the warmth on my hand for the rest of the tour. The next time I actually saw two ghosts. I was walking out of the carriage house ready to start the next tour (this was a few weeks later). I looked up at the back of the house and in the Tobin Room window on the second floor I saw an old frail woman with grey hair tied in a ball at the back of her head and Margret. I recognized Molly immediately and thought the other lady must be her mother. They smiled at me and waved, I didnt know what to do so I waved back. When me and the guide were in the foyer, we, both of us, hear women’s heels coming down the stairs. I felt the warmth all around again and I noticed a different kind of warmth, like a frailer kind almost I guess. This next tour and all the rest of that day, I felt Molly’s warmth in my hand. Now, every time I give the tours, my hand always is warm. People ask me why I hold my hand the way I do, I tell them I am holding it like that because our hostess is joining us on our tour today. These stories are true. True all the way. If anyone wants to ask me any questions about the museum, Mrs. Brown, or the Titanic, please leave a post here, I’ll check back here regularly and if any new posts come up mentioning this or addressing me, I will give you my email. Thanks for reading! And please, dont disobey the rules at the museum. It 1. ruins the artifacts and the museum itself in the long run, 2. It goes against the museum policy, 3. its incredibly disrespectful, I cannot even begin to tell you how angry I get when I see it happen, and I normally follow anyone who violates that rule closely throughout the tour, and 3. you will anger Mrs. Brown and she will teach you not to do things like it again, if you want an example, read Lori’s post on Page 2 of this forum. Thanks again!!!!!

Kaytlyn says:

April 4, 2012, 8:34 pm

I was with my aunt,and my mom we were visitng for one of our visits for spring break.We were in the living room and this girl [she was about in her early 30s]just passed out she was fine then she looked dizzy next thing you no shes passed out falling towards the ground.There was a little girl crying i think she was scared…..like she saw something because she was crying the rest of the tour.Her husband said she was fine before they went to the molly house.Then our tour guide said “that hasn’t happened in a while” then she did a creppy laugh.. lator in the tour she wouldnt take us up to the 3rd floor. down to room halway i swear i smelled a smoking pipe ……………creppy
and questions just ask

citlali says:

December 29, 2012, 12:13 am

i read abaut this story before and i want to discover this mysterious house by
reading abut this story and unlock new discoveries.

Jenny says:

March 8, 2013, 8:11 pm

Daniel, thank you for sharing so many of your experiences with us. I am hoping to take a tour this summer. I’m not expecting any supernatural experience, but just want to see and enjoy the beauty of the house. Earlier someone mentioned the house at Wadsworth and Yale. That was Molly Brown’s summer house, for those who are interested.

sherry says:

March 28, 2013, 12:10 am

I visited the house in March 2003. When I stepped into Molly’s bedroom I felt very cold. The woman next to me did as well. My husband did not feel any temperature change. The next week I saw a tv special about the haunting of her house. I have been anxious to return. I did visit her house again today (March 27) and did not see or0 feel anything, except I think I feltsomeone touch my back briefly while standing in the sunroom.

Coby Isaia says:

August 7, 2014, 1:35 pm

I am not going to speculate one way or the other on whether or not this house is truly haunted. However, I will say that several years ago while on a tour of the home, for the first and only time in my life, I passed out cold. All I will say is this, when I came to I had Denvers’ calender worthy firefighters and ambulance personnel checking my vitals and generally making over me to be sure I was okay. Soooo, if Maggie Brown DID in fact haunt me, then THANK YOU, girl! It was well worth it 😉

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