Friday, August 20, 2021

My Visit to the Living Dead Museum at the Monroeville Mall

On my way home from the Scares That Care convention in Williamsburg, Virginia, I took a few days off to visit some of the locations associated with George Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. This post deals with The Living Dead Museum. You can see the photos from the Night of the Living Dead post here and the photos from Dawn of the Dead Part I here and Part II here

Living Dead Museum

The Living Dead Museum used to be located in Evans City and was moved to the Monroeville Mall a few years ago. As you can see in the photo, there's a gift shop up front (I bought two t-shirts). There's a museum in back that is well worth the money. I'm only going to post photos of a few of the items in the museum so you'll have to check out the full exhibit for yourself. For more information on the the museum, click here.

This is the ammo belt warn by Sheriff Conan McClelland (George Kosana) during the final scenes of Night of the Living Dead. Kosana donated it to the museum in 2007

When the mall was renovated, all the lighting systems were replaced with modern fixtures. This is one of the original lights that was donated to the museum.


As I mentioned in an earlier post, the original escalator used for filming the shambling zombies caught on it was replaced during the renovation. A portion of that escalator now resides in the museum.

I was surprised but happy to find this. This is the original elevator used during the scene when Stephen is bitten and turned by zombies. When JC Penny was removed from its 1978 location and the area turned into a court, there was no longer a need for an elevator at this spot. The builders ripped out the entire shaft. The car and walls now sit in the museum.


The Maul of Fame

This is a tiled wall inside the museum that contains the "bloody" hand prints and autographs of numerous people related to George Romero's Living Dead movies. I'm posting some of my favorites.  

Russ "Johnny" Streiner from Night of the Living Dead.

Tom "head of the biker gang" Savini from Dawn of the Dead.

Bill "Johnny" Moseley from Night of the Living Dead (1990).

Kyra "Karen Cooper" Schon from Night of the Living Dead.

Lori "Sarah" Cardille from Day of the Dead.

Jim "helicopter zombie" Krut from Dawn of the Dead.

Last but definitely not least, the king of the living dead.

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