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“I guess it's pretty good?”

National Presidential Wax Museum
Ranked #6 of 23 things to do in Keystone
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
West Des Moines, Iowa
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“I guess it's pretty good?”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

This is a self guided tour of all the presidents (and a few other exhibits) with audio commentary via a wand type of device. The tour last about an hour.
I'm not very big on wax museums but I had no really big complaints. The only thing that I found a bit frustrating was fact that the area you walk in is very dim, but you have to press buttons on the wand to hear the comments on the exhibit your watching. Said buttons do not light up so you can see what button(s) your pressing. Small oversight but not a show stopper.

Overall I would have to say that they did a pretty good job of recreating the images of some of the presidents. Some looked very good and very close to photographs. While others didn't really seem to capture the image of the person at all. The stories and facts that went along with the displays were informative though.

You will also find more then just presidents there as there was an exhibit about the 911 attack, Sitting Bull, and Custer. I didn't quite see how they fit in with the rest of the exhibit (there was no mention of a president's role in what was happening in the exhibit).

Visited April 2012
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Canon City, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Realistic”
Reviewed April 20, 2012

This was a great museum and I highly recommend it when visiting this area of South Dakota. The period costume and settings are well done and the was figures incredibly life-like. If you like presidential history it is a must!

Visited April 2012
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Jamestown, North Dakota
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“good, just like any other wax museum”
Reviewed February 29, 2012

it was good, if you've never been to a wax museum then definitely go, but if you have, it's nothing special. nice to see the presidents, although i definitely don't think the statue of george w. bush looked anything like him.

Visited March 2011
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Regina, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great!”
Reviewed January 23, 2012

Perfect way to freshin up on your presidential history

Visited July 2011
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nice attraction -- worth a trip”
Reviewed August 26, 2011

We took the family (kids 11 and 9) to the Presidential Wax Museum and found it to be a nice attraction. We took advantage of the fact that with your receipt from the Mt Rushmore KOA you could get one free admission to the Wax Museum which helped. My oldest son is VERY much into reading about the Presidents and he absolutely loved this museum. They have audio wands that you take through the museum with you and it gives a lot of interesting information on the various presidents. Even my wife and I and my mother-in-law enjoyed it.

Visited August 2011
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