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National Presidential Wax Museum

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Address: 609 Hwy 16A, Keystone, SD 57751
Phone Number: 16056664455
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Where History Hails the Chief Located in the shadow of Mount Rushmore in...

Where History Hails the Chief Located in the shadow of Mount Rushmore in the historic town of Keystone, the National Presidential Wax Museum is an impressive highlight on any traveler's itinerary. Featuring the works of world-famous wax artist Katherine Stubergh, the National Presidential Wax Museum features over 100 life-size wax sculptures of some of the most iconic figures in American history. We invite you to witness the history of American Democracy from its inception. Also featuring: State of the art narration system for each visitor to the museum. Historic artifacts including President Bill Clinton's own red, white, and blue saxophone (courtesy of the National Music Museum) and Florida's controversial ballot boxes from the 2000 presidential election. A spacious gift shop with fun, quirky gifts that can't be found anywhere else in Keystone. Exhibit featuring the original oil paintings of the famed illustrator and painter Harvey Dunn.

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We would not have gone here except it was included in our Family Fun pass. We expected to be bored by was statues, but our entire family (7,11,2) and 2 adults were entertained by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Benjamin J
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Winnipeg, Canada

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Phillipsburg, New Jersey
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We found this museum to be very interesting for history buffs as well as everyday Americans. A fabulous collection with just enough information on each president to give a feel for them. Hubby's favorite president, Ronald Reagan, did not look very realistic to him. We enjoyed 1 1/2 hours!

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Thank R R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Took our 11 year old hear. They have replicas of each president. Also have a audio you can listen to about each president. Very informative.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We would not have gone here except it was included in our Family Fun pass. We expected to be bored by was statues, but our entire family (7,11,2) and 2 adults were entertained by the rich stories about each president with our individual wands. We half way expected to be out of the museum in under an hour and ended... More 

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kingsworth, General Manager at National Presidential Wax Museum, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your time at the museum! We are glad you found the museum informative and enjoyable! The older presidents in the museum were created by Katherine Stubergh, our founder, who was in her time the most famous wax artist in the world. She actually created wax figures for notable films like "House of Wax" and... More 

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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place combines the greatness of wax museums with the fun of American history! Unlike a lot of wax museums, this one is very well done and is kept in great shape. The displays were fun to look at and there was an audio guide if you wanted additional information. As an American history nerd I loved every minute of... More 

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Thank Milroy204
kingsworth, General Manager at National Presidential Wax Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review! We feel that wax sculpture is quickly becoming a lost art and we work hard to preserve these works of arts for future generations to come! Clay King More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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217 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I loved the audio tour but I think it could be a little snappier. Even I, who love everything about the American Presidents, got a bit bored and I think younger children would really struggle to keep their attention. The waxworks themselves though are amazing and it was well worth the $10. The picture of Lincoln with long hair might... More 

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Thank MrsBaum
kingsworth, General Manager at National Presidential Wax Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review! We will certainly take your suggestion into consideration for the next audio segments we create for future presidents! Lincoln with long hair is definitely enough to cause some serious nightmares! Try walking through the museum in the dark! (We sometimes have to do that!) Thank you for your business and for your feedback! Clay... More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This exhibit has a great history lesson and reminded me of some things I had forgotten about our presidents. Would recommend this while up visiting Mt. Rushmore.

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Thank DanielHarn
kingsworth, General Manager at National Presidential Wax Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive review! We are glad you enjoyed the museum! Clay King More 

South Dakota
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36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wax statues are so fascinating because they look so life like! You can start by watching a video about how the statues are made. Then you have a phone like device that you can type in the number of the exhibit and listen to facts about that particular president. I learned so much and enjoyed the arrangements along with the... More 

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Thank JoyousGirl91
kingsworth, General Manager at National Presidential Wax Museum, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed the lifelike wax figures! It's truly amazing how Katherine Stubergh was able to capture such accurate likenesses in wax! We are glad to hear our staff was friendly and helpful during your visit (no surprises here!). Thanks again for your business! Clay King More 

Riverside, California
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28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

This is a good place to learn (or refresh) your knowledge of all the presidents. There is a free audio self tour that give info on each president. The statues are amazing and at the bet there is a short video about the sculpting, how it is done and who does it. Some of the figures are not good likenesses... More 

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Thank Lynn L
kingsworth, General Manager at National Presidential Wax Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback! As I mentioned to another reviewer, we will be commissioning a new wax artist this winter to create a figure of the new president elect! The new artists works are simply astounding and we are excited to bring in another POTUS to the collection! Thanks again! Clay King More 

RUSHFORD
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

Such a great place to visit and very interesting. Easy access for all including the handicapped. My husband was in a wheel chair and we had a very nice time. (We actually visited in Jul 2015 vice Sep 2015)

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kingsworth, General Manager at National Presidential Wax Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the museum! We are glad you enjoyed your time here! Clay King More 

Charlotte, Michigan
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Regardless of your political views this is something you need to see just because you're an American, absolutely a "must do"!!!

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kingsworth, General Manager at National Presidential Wax Museum, responded to this review

We agree! Thanks for the nice review! Clay King More 

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