Tours of the National Presidential Wax Museum are self-guided and on a walk-in basis. Guests wishing to take the tour may begin the tour at any time during our hours of operation (9AM to 5PM before Memorial Day weekend and after Labor Day weekend; 9AM to 8PM during the summer months). We are open for the 2018 season from March 9th to October 31st.
Our self-guided tours are self-paced as well. We find that most guests to the museum spend anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours in the museum, depending on the number of audio tracks they choose to listen to. However, many of our guests simply enjoy looking at each set and taking them in visually. Our unique gift shop gives visitors the opportunity to shop while waiting for the rest of their group to finish the tour.
At the beginning of the tour, each guest will receive a “tour wand,” a device similar to a remote control that allows the holder to listen to short audio presentations about the history behind each scene depicted in the museum. Each scene in the museum is accompanied by a number. To hear the audio presentation for any given scene, simply punch the number into the key-pad on the tour wand and hold the built-in speaker to your ear. Headphones are available upon request for those with hearing disabilities.
Our tour begins with a short video in our theater. Here we tell the colorful story of our founder, Katherine Stubergh, and show you the fascinating artistic process of creating a world-class wax figure. From here guests will enter the main part of the museum where our wax displays are located. Unlike many wax museums, all of our wax figures are portrayed in meticulously-designed scenes recreated from history. See President Nixon welcome the astronauts from Apollo 11 back to earth as they wait in quarantine. Witness Lyndon B. Johnson as he’s sworn into office aboard Air Force One following the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Guests with children can request a “scavenger hunt” from the ticket sales counter. Our scavenger hunt is a series of 20 questions, the answers to which are found by listening to the audio wand or inspecting the historic wax scenes with a keen eye. Kids love to search the museum for clues to complete this mission! Kids can show their completed scavenger hunt at the front counter to receive a free National Presidential Wax Museum button!
In addition to wax sculpture, our museum features several other unique exhibits including:
Groups of 10 or more people are elligible for $2 off each ticket. Groups of 20 or more are encouraged to make a reservation ahead of time by calling 605-666-4455 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call 605-939-5565 to make a reservation if we are closed for the season.
The National Presidential Wax Museum makes for a fun and educational school fieldtrip! Students and adult chaperones are only $5and teachers are FREE! To make a reservation for a school group, call 605-666-4455 or e-mail email@example.com. Please call 605-939-5565 to make a reservation if we are closed for the season. School groups are tax exempt with proof of tax-exempt status.
Yes! Our museum and gift shop is all on one level and easily accessible from the parking lot. Wheelchairs are available upon request.