Tulip Staircase Ghost Picture

In 1966, Reverend Ralph Hardy captured the famous photograph, below, inside of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England.

At the time, Hardy was seeking to take a photo of the Tulip Staircase in the Queen's House. To his surprise, Reverend Hardy captured a figure ascending the stairway, as seen in this picture.

The staircase was off limits to visitors. So how did this ghost get there?


Over the years, many experts have been unable to debunk the Tulip Staircase ghost picture. Interestingly, the staircase has been known for its haunting activity, such as footsteps and the occasional sighting of apparitions.

Some have thought the image to be a photograph of a painting, possibly. But, when looking closer, you'll notice that this picture was taken from underneath the spiraling staircase. That means the steps on the left are actually underneath the ghost that is walking on the top of the stairs behind the railing.

Both hands of the specter are on the rail, and the head is hung low as if in a position of fleeing, or perhaps, sadness. Both hands on the railing are left hands - some say they both may have wedding bands on the marriage finger.

Second Photo for Reference

This photo of the Tulip Staircase shows the position of the light that is seen shining behind the ghost, the underneath of the staircase as well as the approximate position of the ghost on the stairwell.

From this image, we can see that the photographer must have been standing on the floor to the left of the stairs (assuming the photo was taken toward the bottom of the case).