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National Presidential Wax Museum

609 Highway 16A


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.


Travis Ouellette

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Pretty unbeatable for the price, and it was the only place in SD that I bought a souvenir. Info wands are provided and quite informative, albeit sounded like it was straight from a highschool textbook. Took about 2 hours. A must do if your trying to keep up a US history kinda mood while your in the Rushmore area!

Carlo Emanuele Barbi

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Wonderful museum with all presidents. Loved that they were presented in on of their remarkable/best/difficult situation. Highly recommended!

Aprile Denny

Friday, March 23, 2018
Each President is represented in this museum. You're given a handheld device which allows you to choose which audio you want to listen to based on the display you're currently looking at. I actually listened to all the audio so I was in there a while. If all you do is look at the displays, youll be there a pretty short time. Most of the displays looked like the real deal, and the audio was very informative. There's a great gift shop with some funny gifts and the usual stuff. I accidentally left my purse there and didn't realize it until the next day (I had taken my wallet out to pay) and the manager sent it to my home. Cool museum run by GREAT people. Shoutouts to the Presidential Wax Museum!

Nicole D

Friday, April 6, 2018
This place was both creepy and cool. Some of the wax figures look real and we were waiting for them to blink or move haha. The lady working was awesome and had some fun stories for us after we went thru the museum. If you listen to every booth's story, you'll spend a long time here!

Jessica Benitz

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Friendly staff and a very educational museum! The wax people were awesome and gift shop was affordable!

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