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National Presidential Wax Museum

609 Highway 16A
605-666-4455

History:

Founded in 1971, the National Presidential Wax Museum, formely known as the Parade of Presidents, is one of the most prestigious attractions in the Black Hills. Combining the talents of Kathryn Stuberg Keller, a third generation wax sculptor, with the accomplished set design artists Don and Bonnie McPhee, the team cultivated blue prints for each design through extensive research and planning. Averaging three months per wax figure, life begins with a piece of clay. Heads are cast into molds, and human hair is added. Medical glass eyes are obtained from Germany, a country long famous for supremacy in optical glass and porcelain teeth lend the crowning touch to the wax heads. The period clothing is made by the Hollywood Costume Co., modern dress and accessories are purchased from
Terry King Clothing of LA and from local businesses. Henry Alvaraz, a prodigy of Katherine, created the more recent figures of George Bush, Al Gore, Jackie Kennedy and fireman Bob Beckwirth.

In 2001, KCJ Development became the proud new owners of the Parade of Presidents Wax Museum. The museum had been closed for several seasons between owners, so after some renovations, the musem was reopened with new owners, a new name, The National Presidential Wax Museum, and a new look. The Executive Order Grill and the Holy Terror Mini Golf Course have since been added to offer FUN, FOOD and EDUCATION all in one location.



Reviews

Mysti Knoell

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Saturday, June 23, 2018
This place is AWESOME!! So much fun for the young and old. You can go as fast or slow through the museum as it is self guided with audio wands that you hold up to your ear and listen to. The detail is amazing. Loved that President Trump was right when you start the museum. Lots of neat tidbits about Presidents that you don't necessarily learn in school. Will definitely come back.

Wendy Ellis

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Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
Beautiful replication of Presidents and known associates. Educational with recorded historical stories with each exhibit. Clean, well maintained ed facility. Employees were upbeat and made us feel welcome . Sincere thanks also given at payment as well as a parting greet while exiting Overall, so happy we visited and will tell family and friends to check out this site.

Amber DeVan

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Monday, July 2, 2018
This place is bigger than it looks!! It's a self guided tour with handsets provided to give you information on each set up. It includes all of the presidents, even the current one. There are some important people in our country's history featured as well. The tour is full of interesting facts, so even if you are an American History buff, you'll have fun listening to the tour and viewing the displays. There are a many full size displays to look at, along with many pieces of Presidents from the shoulders up. Such a fun way to spend a few hours learning about our history!

Hannah Orr

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Thursday, July 19, 2018
This fits that deep yearning for a classic and mildly creepy stroll through presidents past and present. Honestly, this was one of the highlights of my trip. The figures are well made and some of them are almost terrifyingly life like (see Donald Trump). The scenes created are visually and historically interesting. Perfect for the history buff or casual tourist alike.

tillie426

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Thursday, July 5, 2018
I loved the museum. Great information on Presidents. It was at the gift shop that I gave only a one star. You displayed harsh things about our current President. Whether you like him or not , you showed so much disrespect for President Trump. My family and I refused to buy anything from your gift shop. We usually spend money when we do an activity when traveling. Shame on you for the disrespect. But museum was awesome

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