National Presidential Wax Museum
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National Presidential Wax Museum

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Located only minutes from Mount Rushmore in the town of Keystone in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, the National Presidential Wax Museum is an exciting patriotic experience for the whole family. Meet over 100 lifelike wax figures, including all 46 U.S. presidents, all depicted in stunning visual recreations of iconic moments in U.S. presidential history. Explore the stories behind the faces with a self-guided audio tour narrating the context and history of each scene. Witness the intricacies of the wax sculpture process with a seven-minute theater video showcasing the museum’s ten artists as they create America’s leaders out of wax and bring a vision to reality. Play the part of the White House press secretary and give a speech from a teleprompter podium in a spot-on recreation of the White House press briefing room! The National Presidential Wax Museum also boasts a huge gift shop filled with unique and quirky gifts that can’t be found anywhere else in the Black Hills.
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AC97
North Dakota5,131 contributions
Jul 2022
Great trip. We arrived at approximately 12:30 pm and made our way towards the entrance to buy tickets into the museum. After buying our admission tickets, one of the first exhibits we were met with was a presidential podium. We were allowed to go behind the podium to take pictures, and even saw our faces on a television screen next to the podium as well. Next to the presidential podium was a short 7 minute documentary on the process that goes behind making the wax figures. We were instructed to grab a handheld listening device and press the number associated with each exhibit to hear a little background information on the presidents before us. Each clip was roughly 1 to 2 minutes in length and provided great insight into the lives of each president. The entire museum was nicely laid out and featured multiple wax sculptures of various presidents. A lot of the sculptures looked very realistic, and the museum did a great job recreating various historic moments.

Tip: I recommend spending 2 hours here if you truly want to see everything.
Written July 16, 2022
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Thank you so much for coming to check out our museum! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us!
Written August 12, 2022
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TaraM299
Shelton, CT150 contributions
Jun 2021
Sort of interesting, but the hand held audio tour was a bit long. Some of the wax Presidents didn't look like the person.

Worst part - asked about AAA/AARP discounts. Not accepted. Then asked about coupons. The person at the booth said there were some coupons out there - no real direction where to find it. Later that night, we found a coupon in one of the travel magazines and found out we would have paid only $6 per person as we were there before 11am. Instead we paid $12 per person with tax. Would have liked it much better if it wasn't as expensive.
Written June 26, 2021
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Thank you for stopping in! We apologize that you weren't able to find the coupons in time for your visit, but we appreciate your feedback.
Written December 6, 2021
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GRB8015
17 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
This is a worthwhile stop for a couple hours out of the sun. The full scenes were pretty realistic but I agree with other reviews that some of the likeness come up short. George HW and Jimmy looked the worst.

Introduction said they were presenting unbiased information. However it’s pretty clear to those familiar with history and current events that the narration favors the progressive view of these men. Sad, but no different than watching CNN.
Written July 10, 2022
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Thanks for the feedback!
Written August 12, 2022
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Buffettone
Buffalo Grove, IL178 contributions
Sep 2022
This was across the street from our hotel and decided to see what it was all about. The cost was 10.00 per person and you get a record for a self guided tour. We spent about 45 minutes because we listened to every speech. Some of the wax figures are very old but you can see the difference in some of the old figures and the newer ones.
Written September 19, 2022
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FDinger
Florida1,229 contributions
Jun 2022
We visited the National Presidential Museum on a bit of a whim, but greatly enjoyed our experience. We started with the film describing the process for creating the life-sized wax sculptures. We then walked past the displays with all 46 presidents represented in various settings. There were many other historical figures included as well. There is self-guided audio for additional information at each display. It was all very cool and educational. The quality of the sculptures varied somewhat, as far as how much they reminded us of the actual president, but they were all professionally displayed. I highly recommend a visit.
Written July 23, 2022
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Stephanie B
30 contributions
Jul 2021
We went here because we had a complimentary free admission. We did take the time to watch the video at the beginning of the tour. We were glad we did this as it gave us a greater appreciation for the creation of these figures. We didn’t listen to everything. We did look at every exhibit though and it took about 30-40 minutes. I don’t know if we would ever go again, but it was definitely better than we thought it would be.
Written July 15, 2021
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Hi Stephanie, Thank you for visiting us and thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are glad that you enjoyed your time. Wax figure creation is definitely an intricate art and we love getting to showcase this work.
Written December 6, 2021
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C H
Minneapolis, MN64 contributions
Jun 2022
We visited with our 10 yr old niece. Displays were fun and led to interesting information sharing! Niece had been studying U.S history and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. A fun bonus for her was standing at the “presidential podium” and doing a mock press conference! So happy we stopped here!
Written June 20, 2022
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Thank you Cindy! We are so glad you and your niece enjoyed your time here!
Written August 12, 2022
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flzdmpm03
Fort Myers, FL407 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Interesting wax museum a few miles from Mount Rushmore honoring presidents. Be sure to watch the video which shows how the wax figures are made. If you go before 11 a.m. admission is only $6. They offer senior discounts during the day as well and coupons are available in the various books you can pick up in the area. Would recommend.
Written September 25, 2020
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Thank you for your generous feedback! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time here at the museum!
Written October 13, 2020
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Princerman
Otsego, MN861 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
You walk in and watch a video regarding how the wax figures are made. Then, you pick up a wand and start your tour. Some of the audio on the wands is long and drags on. After awhile, I started to skip the audio. Many of the presidents are arranged in habitats with other figures. Some president’s figures aren’t quite right. I thought the original George Bush’s figure wasn’t quite right. However, if you need a break from the heat, it’s not bad.
Written July 4, 2020
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Thank you for stopping by to check us out! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time here. Hope to see you again!
Written October 13, 2020
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belinda m
Portsmouth, UK503 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Better than what we had expected and when we went it wasn't busy at all as it had started raining. Make sure you don't rush through and get the information remote which tells you about all the exhibits through self guide. My teeneages actually enjoyed it. Great gift shop too.
Written August 7, 2021
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Hi Belinda, Thank you for visiting! We are glad you had a good experience with us and that you and your teenagers enjoyed the museum.
Written December 6, 2021
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