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“Wax on, wax off”

Hall of Presidents & First Ladies
Ranked #43 of 103 things to do in Gettysburg
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Owner description: Featuring The area's only complete wax collection of American Presidents and their first ladies as well as a beautiful gift shop. The Hall of Presidents is located across the street from the Gettysburg Tour Center and next to the main entrance of the National Cemetery. It is incredible to be able to see what our Presidents really looked like and to hear the words attributed to them as if the words came from the very lips of the figures themselves.The Hall of First Ladies present authentic 1/3 size reproductions of the First Ladies in their inaugural gowns.
Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Wax on, wax off”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2012

We visited this museum in July 2011. It was one of our first stops that day. You'll spend 45 minutes moving from station to station, learning about all the presidents. George to Barack, they are all there. There is another self guided tour of the first ladies in their pretty inaugural ball gowns. They are miniatures too.
This is over all an excellent exhibit and full of history. A bit long for little children, and my kids got a little bored mid way through. Not for little ones (6 and under) only for the boredome factor.
Affordable like most stops in Gettysburg.
I'd definitely put this on a to do list for a visit.

Visited February 2012
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Muhlenberg Township, PA.
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Wax Collection of American Presidents”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

There is a fee. These days it is needed to continue with the Hall. I found it a great historic visit. To hear our Presidents and see them is a must for all Americans. The music which brings life to their words. The Hall of First Ladies is a mini reproduction of them wearing their inaugural gowns. The beautiful murals bringing history to life. Also, visit their shop. Go, enjoy and learn!

Visited September 2011
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Strasburg, Virginia
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126 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Save your money”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2011

This is over priced for the value. They have a nice gift shop but the museum is very disappointing.

Visited October 2011
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Naugatuck, Connecticut
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187 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Cool wax museum found actually reading the signs quite interesting.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2011

We enjoyed this museum, priced accordingly. Very informative. Needs updates but still worth it.

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Encinitas, CA
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133 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Creepy and not the best use of your time or $$”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2011

I'm very patriotic, so this was the first choice in museums that we decided we wanted to see. You start out in the store, then they take you into the first of 5(??) rooms, where there are full-size wax figures of the presidents starting with Pres. Washington of course. The curator really seemed to enjoy his job (ok, not really) as he described how we do the self-guided tour (you sit in the chairs and listen the the recorded presidents talk, then go to the next room and somone has to push the button the start up the next round of presidents).

At first it was just my husband and myself and I was about to freak out and walk out of there. But then, another couple joined us a minute or two after the presentation began. Thank goodness because I wanted to make sure there were more witnesses in case one of the wax figures moved.

It was pretty cheesy and towards the end, when the age of technology allowed for voice recordings, you actually heard excerpts from some of their speeches.

The second part of the tour brought you into this room full of miniature First Ladies in their inaugural gowns (they look like big dolls and were creepier than the full-size men). The descriptions of each lady focused on their fashion and attire to the inauguration; it's ok... their various contributions are not really that necessary to note. What was interesting was that when a first lady was not a wife of the particular president, there was a brief description as to why she attended the ball with him. Such as "the first lady was sick, so so-and-so's daughter (sister), etc. accompanied him..." or "So and so was not married so his sister attended ..." I definitely learned something there b/c I guess I always assumed all the presidents were married.

Bottom line, don't expect a wealth of historical knowledge from seeing this museum. It's so-so.

Visited September 2011
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