Harlem, Georgia: Laurel and Hardy Museum

Portly movie comedian Norvell "Oliver" Hardy was born in Harlem in 1892. The museum also chronicles his scrawny movie partner.
Address:
250 N. Louisville St., Harlem, GA
Directions:
Exit 183 off of I-20 and proceed four miles south to the town of Harlem.
Hours:
T-Sa 10-4 (Call to verify)
Phone:
706-556-0401
Admission:
Donation
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Laurel and Hardy Museum

The museum is in the town that Oliver Hardy was born in. The museum is rather small but well worth visiting. When we entered, no one else was present, and we were immediately greeted by the host, who seemed eager to see us. In the back a small theater has been set up where your choice of any of their shorts can be viewed (average time 20 minutes).

The host was very gracious and asked us which movie short we would like to view and if we'd like a soda. There is no price for admission but donations are welcome and memorabilia is for sale.

The first Saturday of every October they have a festival celebrating Laurel and Hardy. In 2006 the attendance was estimated to be 32,000.

[Kevin Ensminger, 07/20/2007]

Laurel and Hardy Museum.

Laurel & Hardy Museum

Great Museum! A lot of interesting items in this one of a kind facility. Located off I-20 -- easy access.

[David, 02/06/2007]

Movie comedian Oliver "Babe" Hardy was born in Harlem in 1892. He met Stan Laurel in Hollywood and launched a comic duo career that spanned decades and over 100 films. Hardy died in 1957 and is buried in California, but they still remember him in Harlem. The town's water tower is painted with Ollie's face and his birthplace is now an empty lot marked with a small bronze plaque, next to Ollie's Laundry.

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