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National Presidential Wax Museum

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Address: 609 Hwy 16A, Keystone, SD 57751
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+1 605-666-4455
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 20:00
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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More enjoyable that expected!

I went to the museum with my husband to "kill some time" while we were in the area. I actually thoroughly enjoyed it! You are given a self guide audio control so you can learn... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2017
alsav85
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Windsor, Colorado
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We weren't sure what to expect here, but came on a Saturday afternoon and hardly fought any crowds. The auditory tour was very interesting and reminds you of all the things you've forgotten about the presidents since US History class! The tour took us about 90 minutes, but you can easily skip ahead/around to make it a shorter tour.

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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 are so glad you enjoyed your time with us! More 

Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

I went to the museum with my husband to "kill some time" while we were in the area. I actually thoroughly enjoyed it! You are given a self guide audio control so you can learn about the exhibits as you walk through! It was really interesting! I learnt a lot and really enjoyed it! Very reasonably priced too!

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

Awesome! We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us! Please come see us again next time you find yourself in the area! Safe travels! More 

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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

We all enjoyed the exhibit. I have 3 kids 13,11 and 9 and we enjoyed walking and listening to historical tour. The only thing we didn't like was there was no Obama wax statue.

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

Thanks so much for coming to see us! We are glad you enjoyed the museum. Sadly. The day you visited was one of only a few where our Obama sculpture wasn't on display because we were doing some work on his exhibit! All 44 presidents including Trump are all out for public viewing now! More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Check the website for the opening and close time, they have strict rules, I was lucky for the last moment, take the first photo with the president. Although it is short, but informative and wonderful, it describes the history. Beside there is a free parking, Don't miss it.

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

Thank you so much for your kind review! More 

Thornton, Colorado
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We had some time to kill, and decided to stop in. All the wax figures were in a display type box. You couldn't get close and pose for pictures in any of them. You walked through hallways with display of all the presidents and some historical events. The wax museum in Las Vegas was much better.

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

Thank you so much for your feedback. We are glad you stopped by to check us out! Sadly, since we don't have in-house artists creating wax figures (as is the case with Tussaud/Hollywood, etc) it costs upwards of $50,000 per figure, so we cannot take the chance of letting people touch them. This year we are doing two new exhibits... More 

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Reviewed 19 February 2017

So I went there about a year ago and it was amazing I loved the detail and hard work put into every exhibit I loved the great advice and they had a cool gift shop to. I would really recommend going there. Because you will not regret it.

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

Thank you so much for your kind words about our museum! We are glad you enjoyed the artistry that goes into our wax figures. This year we have stepped up our game even more and are creating two new exhibits for Presidents Obama and Trump. Our Trump sculpture is half done currently, however, the initial sculpt looks to be the... More 

Ripley, West Virginia
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

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

We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your trip to our museum! We strive to attend to every detail in our recreation of the historical figures that comprise the museum! We are currently creating our new president, building a new theater, and building a new exhibit for Presidents Obama and Trump, so be sure to come see us again... More 

Rapid City, South Dakota
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 November 2016 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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Thank lizziebell2015
kingsworth, General Manager at National Presidential Wax Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review! We're glad you enjoyed our mini golf course as well! This summer we are doing some major renovations to the museum and adding a theater and new exhibits for the new president and Obama! Thank you for coming to visit the National Presidential Wax Museum! Clay King More 

Boise, Idaho
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 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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45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
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 

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