Over the years, zombies have become a pop culture phenomenon. Zombie-themed comics, video games, and TV shows are widely enjoyed by people across the world, and people are clamoring for more ways to indulge in the zombie experience. In response to this demand, a number of zombie tourist attractions have emerged recently. Some were temporary exhibits that have come and gone, but here are two fun places dedicated to the undead that you can still visit today:
1. The Living Dead Museum
The Living Dead Museum is located in Evans City, Pennsylvania. This small community is ground zero of the George Romero zombie film franchise. Romero filmed Night of the Living Dead here in 1967, and he also shot parts of his 1978 film Dawn of the Dead in nearby Monroeville Mall, which was also the location of the first incarnation of the museum as “Monroeville Zombies” from 2008 to 2013. In 2013, the museum changed its name to The Living Dead Museum and moved to its current location in Evans City.
The museum features exhibits that will captivate fans of George Romero’s work and fans of the zombie genre in general. It houses exhibits for Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. These exhibits resurrect Romero’s dark cinematic vision of a world overrun by the undead through movie photos, movie props, and dioramas.
One unique display is the museum’s Maul of Fame, a wall covered with red handprints from Night of the Living Dead cast and crew members.
The museum also provides a historical retrospective of zombie film history. This exhibit traces the development of the zombie movie from early films such as White Zombie to contemporary movies and shows such as The Walking Dead.
After seeing the exhibits, visitors can buy zombie-themed souvenirs from The Living Dead Museum Gift Shop. Even if you can’t visit the museum in person, you can still order merchandise from their online store. For more information, visit the museum’s website at http://www.livingdeadmuseum.com/museum.html.
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2. Outbreak – Dread the Undead
Outbreak – Dread the Undead opened at the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center in 2015. This interactive zombie tourist attraction challenges visitors to make their way through a biotech lab and basement where a viral outbreak has transformed people into zombies. Touted on its website as “One of the Most Technologically-Advanced, Year-Round Haunted Zombie Attractions in the World,” it offers “live scares,” “hyper-realistic zombie characters,” and “even smells that blur the lines between fiction and reality.” An early press release notes how “Five unique scents (hospital, haunted house, boiler room, rotting decay, and campfire) are pumped into the attraction at key locations to make it all the more fun and creepy.”
Outbreak – Dread the Undead is currently open at two Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center locations: Pigeon Forge, TN and Myrtle Beach, SC. For more information, visit http://www.outbreakzombieattraction.com/.
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