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“revives your interest in US presidential history”

National Presidential Wax Museum
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Ranked #6 of 23 things to do in Keystone
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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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Winnipeg, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“revives your interest in US presidential history”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

I've never been to a wax museum before, so i thought it's the best time to go especially that it's just across Roosevelt Inn where we stayed. I'm not expecting much, but soon as you enter the museum, your interest in US presidential history will be ignited. lots of trivia, it's like you're walking back in time. a handset is provided where you can listen to educational information about a certain president as you walk through. just had a quick tour though and never really got to hear a lot, but if you have time and you're into US presidents, then stick around longer. I'm glad that I bought souvenirs in the shop, as they are much cheaper than the souvenir shop at Mt. Rushmore. Went there in the morning around 10 am on a Friday and there weren't a lot of tourists yet, so we kind of have the museum for ourselves. I saved on entrance fees by clipping coupon I found on internet.

Visited August 2012
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Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Walking through History”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

Our family enjoyed listening to the information about each president on the wand that you held up to your ear for a self paced audio tour. The museum was not crowded in the early part of the day. The wax figure of Lady Byrd Johnson was the most realistic likeness. All of the figures were recognizable. Figures for General Custard and the Native Americans looks very realistic.
If you enjoy history, you will likely enjoy the National Presidential Wax Museum.

Visited June 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great Place to Learn About the Presidents”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

This was a fun and informative way to learn about each of the Presidents, to get a bit of history, and to teach our son about them as well. The museum offers a wand that allows you to enter a number and hear a little about each president. You can take as many pictures as you'd like. And the employees were very friendly and helpful.

Visited July 2012
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NW Wisconsin
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“Interesting and informative”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Get the coupon from Traveler magazine (available free everywhere) for $5 admission before 11 AM. Learned many interesting facts.

Visited July 2012
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Central Coast California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“All the presidents under one roof.”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

A great place to learn how life-sized wax figures are made and to learn a bit of history about each Commander in Chief. I noticed they honored active duty military with free entry to the museum. Kudos go the hard working staff.

Visited July 2012
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