Southern Museum’s ‘The Haunted Museum – A Night at the Asylum’ Promises Plenty of Scares | Southern Museum

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History will transform into a haunted insane asylum this Halloween season as part of its annual haunted museum.

The premise for this year’s event, A Night at the Asylum, is that the Southern Museum was built atop a plot of land once home to a sanatorium for the criminally insane.

Unfortunately, as the event’s theme goes, a dangerous former asylum director turned patient broke free of his restraints and burned down the Asylum with everyone in it, leaving no survivors. Some of the spirits of the past have decided not to stay in the past, reminding those brave museum goers what occurred years earlier.

“Our annual haunted Museum is one of our most popular events, and A Night at the Asylum promises plenty of frightful family fun,” said Mackenzie Mabee, the museum’s events coordinator.

A Night at the Asylum, presented by Geico, will take place from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, and from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. The museum will close at 1 p.m. on Oct. 18 and will be closed for business during regular hours on Oct. 19 and 20.

The event is not recommended for children 12 years old or younger and will use strobe lighting and scary effects. Admission for this special event is $5, and tickets can be purchased the day of the event or in advance online.

For more information, visit or call Mabee at (770) 427-2117, ext. 3058.

About The Southern Museum

A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History features collections of rare Civil War weapons, uniforms and other personal items; an exciting exhibit about the Great Locomotive Chase, including the General locomotive; and a full-scale replica of a locomotive factory that helped rebuild the South after the war. The Jolley Education Center features a variety of hands-on exhibits to inspire a love of learning in children. During the sesquicentennial, 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Southern Museum will be hosting numerous events that will explore topics relevant to this tumultuous time in history. Visit the Museum’s calendar of events at for a list of activities and events.

The Southern Museum is located 20 miles north of Atlanta, off I-75 at exit 273. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 4-12, and free for children three and under.

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