UA Museums to Host Annual Ghost Tour

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — With Halloween right around the corner, it’s a fitting time to discover some of the more eerie aspects of The University of Alabama’s history.

UA’s Museum of Natural History and Gorgas House Museum are hosting the University’s annual ghost tour, “A Haunting at the Museum,” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25.

UA museums, in conjunction with its department of collections, the UA chapter of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, or NOBCChE, and Tuscaloosa’s One Place is carrying out this year’s activities.

A ghostly Amelia Gayle Gorgas bids goodbye to a young visitor at last year's haunted museum tour.
A ghostly Amelia Gayle Gorgas bids goodbye to a young visitor at last year’s haunted museum tour.

The event is free and open to all ages.

It includes historical tours of campus, scavenger hunts and activities in both museums, character actors at the Gorgas House Museum, creepy crawly bugs from the UA Museum’s collections department and mad scientist experiments demonstrated by NOBCChE members.

Attendees will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with “Amelia Gorgas” at the Gorgas House Museum and Tuscaloosa’s One Place will provide treats.

The tour will be guided by museum staff and allows guests to learn about some of the University’s haunted legends by visiting locations such as the Quad, Gorgas Library, Gorgas House and Smith Hall, among others. This year’s tour includes some new locations and has more extensive activities than in years past.

Guides and staff will be dressed in their Halloween costumes, and guests are encouraged to wear family-friendly costumes as well.

Tours depart from UA’s Alabama Museum of Natural History, located in Smith Hall near the Quad at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Capstone Drive on The University of Alabama campus.


Allie Sorlie, Alabama Museum of Natural History Education Outreach Coordinator, 205/348-6383,


Derek Hooper, student writer, media relations, 205/348-5320; Chris Bryant, UA media relations,

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