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“Kind of hokey, but it's something to do.”

Hall of Presidents & First Ladies
Ranked #45 of 107 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.
Vermilion, Ohio
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Kind of hokey, but it's something to do.”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We were at the national cemetery and cemetery hill, and ended up at the door of the hall of presidents, so we went in. The Hall of Presidents is a series of rooms with wax dummies of the presidents, and tape recordings of each president telling you a little bit about the times and his presidency. It's actually kind of a neat quick overview of American history. But at the same time, it's pretty hokey. There's maybe 8 presidents in each room, and at the end of the recording, a voice tells you to go to the next room. The last person to enter the room has to hit the button on the wall to start the recording in this room.

The benefits of visiting this place is that you get to sit and relax in the air conditioning (or heat, if you're visiting in winter). But if you're expecting some incredibly historical experience here, you're not going to find it.

The Hall of First Ladies is a room with wax dummies of all the first ladies, in miniature form. They're all dressed in beautiful little dresses, and some of the dummies look really nice and some others look kind of weird. Again, don't expect too much here.

The admission price wasn't too high, so if you wanna check it out, go for it.

Visited July 2013
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Somerset, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Half worth it”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

The President part of this museum was great. Life sized likenesses of each president and they all "spoke" about their time in office. Going from that into the First Ladies part of the exhibit was disappointing. The first ladies were only dolls....maybe 3' tall and dressed in their inaugural gowns. The only descriptions given of these great women was the description of their dresses....nothing about their great contributions. Too bad...they could have done so much more with this part.

Visited July 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Not bad”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

It is reasonable priced and I thought it was interesting but have heard most of what was presented before. You go from room to room and each wax figure of a president speaks and tells you a little about himself and his term in office. At the end you can view and your leisure the first lady dolls dressed in the period outfits.

Visited June 2013
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Herndon, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
396 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
“Nice Tour”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

My husband and I took the Hall of Presidents and First Ladies tour while visiting Gettysburg, It is a wax collection of all the Presidents and a wax collection 1/3 size reproduction of all the First Ladies in their inaugural gowns. The tour begins with the Presidents. You enter a room where wax figures of the first 5 or 6 presidents tell their story of their administration. There are chairs for sitting while the presentation is going on. You advance to the next room for the next set of presidents and so on. It is a very informative presentation. Afterwards you enter another room to view the First Ladies. Nicely done.

Visited June 2013
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Goshen, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Another hidden gem”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

I really think this is an interesting place to visit, as I've always wanted to learn more about the first ladies. The staff as very friendly. Though I wish they had presidential and first ladies postcards in the gift shop as I would have bought 'em up, I did find some great souvenir treasures that will help me with homeschooling. Great place to take kids who study American history!

Visited June 2013
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