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Villisca Ax Murder House

508 E 2nd St, Villisca, Iowa 50864 USA

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Thu 1p-3:30p
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  • Not Wheelchair
  • Public
  • No Wifi
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It might be a bit expensive for what it is, but it's worth it if you're a fan of true crime or the paranormal-- keep your eyes peeled for toys that move around on their own and for bad vibes in the attic. The owner has done a fantastic job of restoring it to its early 20th-century appearance, and the guides are knowledgable about the murders and paranormal happenings. Just keep in mind that the town of Villisca is truly tiny (there's only one restaurant) so don't plan on anything more than a quick stop at the house.

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“The site of gruesome murders”

One of America's most infamous axe murders occurred on the night of June 9, 1912, when eight people were bludgeoned to death inside the Moore residence in the small Iowa town of Villisca. To date, the crime has never been solved.

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Reviewed by
Dana Newkirk

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July 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

Over the years, there have been a number of stories about the strange, unexplainable activity that goes on inside the house. More often than not, tours are interrupted by the strange whispers of children's voices, mysterious falling objects, slamming doors, and unexplained shadows that seem to follow people around the dark halls.

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Anna Hider

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May 31, 2019
Rated 5.0

The house is so tiny! I love how much work went into restoring it to its early 20th century appearance. They even took out the indoor plumbing that had been installed. The barn out back where you buy tickets is creepy, too. The kids toys scattered throughout the house were super creepy. Definitely go into the attic where the killer probably hid out. And the tour guide was super friendly! She claimed that things were moving around in the house while I was there, even. Spoooooooky.

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Shana Schaefer

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February 26, 2016
Rated 5.0

Spent the night and had a seemingly uneventful stay...or so I thought! Upon our return home and review of our DVRs we had some of the strangest (and best) EVPs in my decade of ghost hunting! Can't wait to return!

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July 28, 2015

Stayed here over night with two other friends. We had a lot of fun, walked around town, had some fish fry, and read everything that they had on the murders there at the house. We all did a slumber party style in the living room. Wonderful time :)

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August 31, 2020

Went to the Villisca house on our way back of a tour through Iowa. Was a neat experience the tour guide was very helpful. It was a neat experience.

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May 25, 2017
Rated 5.0

I knew by the long list of people waiting to get in that this place was no joke. Our family team Mt Hope Paranormal decide to cut our teeth on our first full investigation at the Villisca Ax Murder house. We experienced a gambit of things, from a ghostly hand touch, disorientation, knocking sounds, electronic failures, EVP like you wouldn't believe! We even experienced the manifestation of some sort of light/dark energy. This home is welcoming to old and young alike. Just not those faint at heart because the story of the tragedy can feel all to real when you're watching your family sleeping in the same room that someone had been murdered in...
If I had the time and the money I would do it all over again because I know no experience is ever the same.

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Villisca Ax Murder House

508 E 2nd St
Villisca, Iowa
50864 USA


Open now until 3:30 pm
  • Sun, Tue - Sat: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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