There are several iconic buildings and landmarks around the world. They are visited by thousands of people each year. The structures have a rich history with some even standing for decades. These legendary structures are often architectural marvels that are admired by scholars all over the world. They’re popular travel destinations that are perfect for vacationing. The structures are praised for the designs and architectural work. There isn’t a person in the world that hasn’t heard of these beautiful buildings that are historic and unforgettable. However, these buildings have much more hidden beneath the surface then people realize.
Several of these buildings have a secret that they rarely share. In many of these buildings, there are secret rooms and tunnels hidden underneath or within the walls. It might come as a surprise to know that an iconic landmark or building has a hidden room. Only a select few of people have set foot in these secret locations. Thousands of tourists traveled all over the world to get a glimpse of these building but didn’t realize there was much more to see. Here is a look at 25 Hidden Rooms In Popular Places.
25 Apartments In The New York Public Library
New York City has one of the most impressive public library systems in the world. In fact, it’s the third largest library in the world. It includes 92 locations throughout the city and roughly 53 million items. In 1901, Andrew Carnegie donated $5.2 million to the city to create the incredible system. Workers were hired to live with their families in the libraries in order to maintain and take care of the furnace. Most of these apartments have been demolished. However, 13 abandoned hidden apartments remain somewhere in the New York Public Library System.
24 Hidden Rooms and Passageways Under Britannia Manor
Britannia Manor was the former home of game designer Richard Garriott. The massive home was a throwback to the medieval era. From 1988 to 1994, Garriott hosted a famous Haunted House for Halloween every two years. The impressive home also featured several traps, secret passageways, and hidden rooms. One secret room contained a coffin with a human skeleton in it, a 16th Century vampire hunting kit and dinosaur fossils. Eventually, Garriott sold this house to buy an even more lavish residence.
23 Room Connected To The Underground Railroad At The Warren-Beck House
The Warren-Beck house is a historic home that is on the Harvard University campus. The house was first built for Professor Charles Beck in 1833. He was known as a strong supporter of ending slavery. In fact, the famous house was a stop along the historic Underground Railroad. The house features a trap door that is barely visible that leads to a secret room. The room connected to the railroad. It was later sold to Henry Clarke Warren who bequeathed the house to Harvard upon his death in 1899.
22 The Greek Project At The Greenbrier Luxury Resort
The Greenbrier is one of the most gorgeous luxury resorts in the world. The resort traces its roots back to the 1770’s. The current building was built in 1913 and is located in West Virginia. In 1959, the U.S. government and The Greenbrier agreed to build a secret bunker beneath the resort. The facility was designed for members of Congress to hide in the event of a nuclear war. It included a kitchen, hospital, and dormitory. It also featured a broadcast center with different backdrops. The Bunker was decommissioned after it was exposed and is now a popular tourist attraction.
21 Track 61 at NYC’s Waldorf Astoria
The Waldorf Astoria is a world-famous hotel located in Midtown Manhattan. The hotel opened to the public in 1931. The famous hotel contains many secrets and one of those is hidden beneath the building. The private railway platform Track 61 is located under the Waldorf Astoria. The unofficial platform connects to the Grand Central Terminal and is not opened to the public. General Pershing and Franklin Roosevelt were the only two that ever used Track 61.
20 Abandoned Ballroom At Flinders Street Station
Flinders Street Railway Station is one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks. It’s the busiest station in the country and is known for the stunning architecture. The station includes an abandoned floor that was once used as a ballroom. The top floor was originally used for a lecture hall, library and gym. It later became a famous ballroom that only the elite could use. Its been completely abandoned for years. Recently, tourists have been granted access to the floor.
19 The 44th Floor At 874 North Michigan Avenue
874 North Michigan Avenue is one of the tallest buildings in the world. It’s located in Chicago and stands at 1,128 feet. The building was formally known as the John Hancock Center. The building features several offices and restaurants. In fact, the 95th-floor restaurant overlooks Chicago and Lake Michigan. The 45th to the 92nd floors are condos. The secret 44th floor is only accessible to those that live in the building. The floor includes a lounge, library, concierge, a 5200 square foot supermarket and one of the highest swimming pools in the world.
18 Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret At St. Thomas Church
St. Thomas Church is located in London, England. The church traces its roots all the way back to 1212. Around 1496, St. Thomas Church also became a hospital. High above the church is a secret room that few know about. In 1821, the Old Operating Theatre was built with an Herb Garrett above it. The theatre was the site of numerous surgical procedures. The operating theatre and Herb Garrett are now a popular tourist destination and a historic medical site.
17 Royal Pavilion at Stazione Centrale
Stazione Miano Centrale or Milan Central is one of the busiest train stations in Europe. Construction began in the 1920’s but wasn’t completed until 1931. Initially, the plan was for a simple station but plans changed several times. It soon became an architectural marvel. It also features a private waiting room originally built for the Italian monarchy. The Royal Pavilion is two levels and is only accessible by a few. The feature several rooms and includes a balcony that overlooks the station.
16 Hidden Room In The Washington Arc
The Washington Square Arch is located in Greenwich Village. It was built in 1892 to celebrate the centennial of George Washington’s inauguration. The famous arch isn’t a building but includes a secret room. Hidden within the structure is a small secret attic. A small door on the arch leads to a spiraling staircase that leads up to an attic. The small room isn’t big enough to support any weight and is used mostly for maintenance work.
15 The Big Void Inside The Pyramid of Giza
The Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was built as a tomb for the fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu and was completed in 2560 BC. The pyramid contains The Grand Gallery, King’s Chamber, and the Queen’s Chamber. However, recently a hidden room was discovered in the pyramid known as The Big Void. It’s a large space about 100 feet long. It was thought to be a burial site but archeologists speculate it was an internal ramp used to build the structure.
14 Our Lord In The Attic In Amsterdam
In 1630, a canal house was built at the center of Amsterdam. This little canal house is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in The Netherlands. A secret Catholic Church was built on the top three floors between 1661 and 1663. The Dutch Reformed Church prevented Catholics from worshipping publicly. This resulted in them using the clandestine church instead. It remained the church for several years. In 1888, the church was converted into a museum and has thousands of visitors each year.
13 Observation Deck In The Torch Of The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty isn’t a building but one of the most famous landmarks in the world. It also includes one of the most unique hidden rooms in the world. The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886. At one time, it was possible to go up into the Statue’s Torch. However, the Torch was damaged after an attack by German soldiers during World War I. The Torch was later rebuilt but access to the Torch has never been reopened. The secret room in the Torch remains but has no visitors.
12 The Roxy Suite At Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall is one of the most famous landmarks in New York. The Music Hall is located at Rockafeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. The iconic venue is known for its association with the world-famous Rockettes. Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel put on many of the legendary shows during that time. He also had a private room high above the audience in Music Hall. For years, the hidden room was one of Music Hall's best-kept secrets. The room is now known as The Roxy Suite and is available for rent.
11 Hidden Hall of Records at Mount Rushmore
Obviously, Mount Rushmore isn’t a building but it has one of the most famous hidden rooms. It took 14 years to complete construction on the world famous landmark. It was designed and built between 1927 and 1941. Gutzon Borglum designed and oversaw the project. The iconic landmark features four U.S. Presidents. Borglum began construction on a Hall of Records that would contain famous documents. However, he died before the Hall could be completed. It wouldn’t be until 1998 that work on the Hall was finally done.
10 Sick Room at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
The Wizarding World Harry Potter themed areas are located at Universal Studios in Hollywood. It features the popular motion-based dark ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The ride takes places in a replica of Hogwarts School. The fictional school is known for the plethora of magical mysterious within the school. The thrill ride is no different. The ride includes a secret room for those that feel sick after being on the thrilling ride. It might not be as magical as the real Hogwarts but at least there’s a sick room.
9 Cinderella’s Suite at Disney World
The Cinderella Castle is at the heart of Disney World. It’s located in the Magic Kingdom and is one of the most iconic structures in the park. The castle has many extraordinary features. However, one of the most famous is a hidden room known as the Cinderella Suite. The suite was originally built for Walt Disney and his family. However, he died in 1966 before it could be completed. It remained unfinished for years but was eventually completed. The secret room is now a royal bedchamber.
8 Hidden Art Deco Tunnel Underneath New Yorker Hotel
The New Yorker is one of the most famous hotels in New York City. It’s located on Eighth Avenue and is near the Empire State Building, Times Square, and Madison Square Garden. The Art Deco hotel first opened its door in 1930 and has gone through many changes over the years. Beneath the building is one of the hotels many secrets. Art Deco style tunnels run underneath the building. They’re largely abandoned now and used for storage. However, at one time a tunnel connected to Penn Station.
7 Grand Central Depot At Plymouth Church Brooklyn
The Plymouth Church in Brooklyn is one of the most important locations in American history. It was built between 1849 and 1850. The first pastor was Henry Ward Beecher. He was known for his outspoken anti-slavery stance. In fact, he was so famous for his passionate stance that even Abraham Lincoln came to see him speak. The church was also known as Grand Central Depot because it was one of the main stops on the Underground Railroad. Entrance to the door was hidden behind the organ. It includes chambers and tunnels that connected to parts of Canada.
6 Tunnels Under The Colosseum
The Colosseum is one of the world’s most famous buildings. Construction on the Amphitheatre began in AD 72. It’s located in Rome, Italy and is the largest Amphitheatre. It often featured gladiator battles and other events. It also includes an underground area known as the hypogeum. It was used to house the gladiators and animals. It included an elaborate pulley system. It was connected to several underground tunnels that connected to points outside the Colosseum. It also included a tunnel for the emperor to enter without having to pass the large crowds.
5 Hidden Tennis Courts At Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Station is one of the most famous railroad stations in the world. It’s located in Midtown Manhattan and opened its doors in 1871. The famous train station has more then just tracks beneath it. Hidden somewhere in Grand Central is an exclusive Tennis club. In 1966, the Vanderbilt Tennis Club opened in the space formally occupied by CBS Television. It’s the most exclusive tennis club in the world. At one time, it cost $58 an hour to play but was later dropped down to $40.
4 Lucky 7 Lounge at Pixar Studios
The world famous Pixar Studios Headquarters is located in Emeryville, California. It was built on the former site of Del Monte Foods, Inc. The studio isn’t just famous for making a series of classic animated movies and revolutionizing the industry. It also includes a hidden room known as the Lucky 7 Lounge. It was built after animator Andrew Gordon discovered the space in the back wall of his office. Steve Jobs, Randy Newman, Roy Disney and Tim Allen have all visited the famously hidden lounge.
3 Gustave Eiffel's Apartment at The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous structures in the world. The 1,063-foot tall building opened to the public in 1889. It’s one of the most visited monuments in the world. Engineer Gustave Eiffel’s company designed and built the tower. The structure was named after Gustave as well. He also included at cozy little room in the tower 1,000 feet in the air. Gustave and his special guest Thomas Edison were the only ones to use the apartment. The room is now open to the public to view. Additionally, a pop-up replica apartment 188 feet off the ground was used in 2016.
2 The 103rd Floor Observation Deck at The Empire State Building
The historic Empire State Building opened to the public in 1931. It’s one of the most famous and tallest buildings in the world. The Midtown Manhattan skyscraper is an Art Deco building that contains 102 floors. However, there is one more floor that is only open to a select few and the maintenance crew. The 103rd floor was originally a docking station for airships tethered to the spire. It now mainly contains electrical equipment but a few celebs have been granted access to the 103rd floor.
1 Club 33 At Disneyland
Disneyland is one of the most famous amusement parks in the world. It first opened in 1955 and is located in Anaheim, California. Hidden within the park is an exclusive club known as Club 33. The secret room is located at 33 Royal Street in New Orleans Square. It opened in 1967, which was six months after Walt Disney’s death. Originally, it was an unmarked door with 33 engraved on it but is much more prominent now. Memberships are $12,000 annually plus a $25,000 initiation fee. It’s the only location in Disneyland to serve alcohol.