You may be aware that the cult classic zombie flick, Night of the Living Dead, was filmed outside of Pittsburgh.
But did you also know that Evans City (home to the iconic cemetery from the movie), now has its own Living Dead Museum dedicated to the franchise?
Although small, this one does a fantastic job paying tribute to all things from the Living Dead series, zombie media at large, and then some!
A Small Museum with a Big Collection
To start this review, we have to be upfront and reiterate the point that The Living Dead Museum is small. The roughly 200 square foot museum space is only just a bit larger than most living rooms, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in its collection.
During a visit you'll see several dozen pieces of memorabilia from the movie and its sequels, a wall of behind the scene photos from the movie shared exclusively with the museum, a maul of fame with bloody hand prints from people involved with the movie who have visited over the years, a screening of interviews with the cast, a well stocked gift shop, and more.
If you want to dive into the history of one of the country's greatest horror films, this museum will certainly not let you down.
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Another feature we loved about the museum is that it features a timeline of the zombie genre in movies, TV, and other pop culture and it truly brings the point home that Night of the Living Dead was the start of it all (and they didn't even call them zombies once in the movie!).
Yes, the idea of zombies existed before this movie. And yes, they were featured in the classic horror films of the early 20th century. But if it wasn't for George Romero and his friends odds are good zombies would have never taken off the way they have.
For that we can all be thankful.
A Must Stop for Fans of the Cult Classic
Overall, The Living Dead Museum may not warrant the 30 minute trip to Evans City in its own right (unless you are a die hard fan of the movie). To put it simply, you'll probably only be at this one for 15 or 20 minutes at most and only a bit longer if you go to the cemetery afterwards.
But if you happen to be in Zelienople grabbing a beer at ShuBrew, having a meal at The Harmony Inn in Harmony, or on your way home from McConnells Mill State Park or Moraine State Park, the extra 10 minute detour east of 79 is well worth it to stop and learn more about this cult classic.
Then, if you're anything like us, you'll rush home to rewatch this movie one more time.
The Living Dead Museum is located at 121 E Main Street in Evans City. The graveyard from the movie is located just a few blocks around the corner; however, note that there are reports of police often asking movie visitors to leave. The Living Dead Museum also hosts a Night of the Living Dead festival each October that we are looking forward to attending in the future!