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Temporary closure notification: The Scared to Death exhibition is closed until further notice while we work through building updates.

Explore the most terrifying monsters in horror cinema.

Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film features more than 50 props and costumes from film and television including A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Walking Dead, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh, The Thing, Us, Vampire Hunter D,, and The Addams Family.

Themed gallery sections evoke the unsettling sensations associated with cinematic terror. A vampire’s lair drips with blood; zombies shamble through an abandoned containment center; and a thicket of suspended corpses frames a killer’s den. In addition, the exhibition offers extensive exhibit films, oral history interviews with the genre’s top directors, and interactive photo ops.

Due to some graphic content, this exhibit is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film is included with museum admission and is free for MoPOP Members.

100 Horror Films to See Before You Die

Spanning more than a century of cinema, our list of "100 Horror Films to See Before You Die" can help you discover your next movie adventure, whether you’re in the mood to watch a single spooky movie or to dive in for the most epic binge watch of all time.

Exhibition Sensory Rating

Sensory impact is rated on a scale from 0 (no impact) to 5 (very high impact).



  • Blood and gore
  • Somewhat intense
  • Screens flickering
  • Hanging "bodies"
  • Red lighting



  • Scary music and sounds overlapping
  • Deep bass sound - very unsettling
  • High-pitched sounds
  • Bell tolling



  • No noticeable scent



  • You can interact with items like the TV screen, but it is not required



  • There is no uneven or moving terrain
  • There are stairs to enter but elevator is available

This exhibit is all about horror films and the general atmosphere is meant to be somewhat unsettling. There are intense visuals and sounds.

Sensory ratings provided by Sensory Access