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National Presidential Wax Museum

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Address: 609 Hwy 16A, Keystone, SD 57751
Phone Number: +1 605-666-4455
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Where History Hails the Chief Located in the shadow of Mount Rushmore in...

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.

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Went to wax museum and played putt putt golf....we went on a nice day weather was great for golf. The president wax museum is Interesting and informational. Very fun!!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
lizziebell2015
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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Ripley, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time, the staff was so much fun. Everything is so detailed from Gorbachev's birth mark to the band aid on Al Gore's finger . The best part for me was the 911 tribute. This is a must see attraction. I think small children might get bored as they can't tough the figures.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to wax museum and played putt putt golf....we went on a nice day weather was great for golf. The president wax museum is Interesting and informational. Very fun!!

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I am very interested in US history and was delighted to learn some interesting things about former presidents. The audio tour free with admission lets you dig in a little more and not be superficial - but still very interesting. Well done!

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Thank Serenewandering
kingsworth, General Manager at National Presidential Wax Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming to check us out! We're glad you enjoyed the audio tour! We feel it gives another dimension to the experience! Come see us again next time you're in the area! Clay More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

1st wax museum that I have ever visited & it was worth it. I learned a lot when I was there as it was very informative and educational. Only major complaint was that they only used one lecturer for their displays which made it uninteresting at times

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kingsworth, General Manager at National Presidential Wax Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming to see us! We'll take your recommendation into consideration! Clay More 

Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This was my first visit to the National Presidential Wax Museum and my wife's second, which was over 20 years ago. Much has changed since then! Very interesting and educational information about our Presidents. Well worth our time! A great value!

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Thank Terry H
kingsworth, General Manager at National Presidential Wax Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review! Lots has changed since we opened in 1971! Next year we will be adding another set and wax figure of whomever gets elected to the Presidency in a few weeks! Clay More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Stopped on the way to Mt. Rushmore, It is a self guided tour with real life looking wax figures and every setting had a rich story of its history. Being a self guided tour made it nice to move on your own time and end in the gift shop. Wonderful and friendly lady that worked the location and made sure... More 

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kingsworth, General Manager at National Presidential Wax Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your business! We're glad you had a great time with us! More 

Phillipsburg, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We found this museum to be very interesting for history buffs as well as everyday Americans. A fabulous collection with just enough information on each president to give a feel for them. Hubby's favorite president, Ronald Reagan, did not look very realistic to him. We enjoyed 1 1/2 hours!

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kingsworth, General Manager at National Presidential Wax Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for coming to see us! We are actually looking to have a new Reagan in the next couple years! You're not the first to notice! We're glad you enjoyed your time! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Took our 11 year old hear. They have replicas of each president. Also have a audio you can listen to about each president. Very informative.

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Thank for coming to see us! More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We would not have gone here except it was included in our Family Fun pass. We expected to be bored by was statues, but our entire family (7,11,2) and 2 adults were entertained by the rich stories about each president with our individual wands. We half way expected to be out of the museum in under an hour and ended... More 

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kingsworth, General Manager at National Presidential Wax Museum, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your time at the museum! We are glad you found the museum informative and enjoyable! The older presidents in the museum were created by Katherine Stubergh, our founder, who was in her time the most famous wax artist in the world. She actually created wax figures for notable films like "House of Wax" and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This place combines the greatness of wax museums with the fun of American history! Unlike a lot of wax museums, this one is very well done and is kept in great shape. The displays were fun to look at and there was an audio guide if you wanted additional information. As an American history nerd I loved every minute of... More 

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kingsworth, General Manager at National Presidential Wax Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review! We feel that wax sculpture is quickly becoming a lost art and we work hard to preserve these works of arts for future generations to come! Clay King More 

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