Life-size, life-like wax statues of all of America’s presidents greet you at the National Presidents Wax Museum near Rapid City. Situated in dramatic historical settings, the wax figures depict scenes from the nation’s history.
Visitors can join the framers of the American constitution as they gather to sign the Declaration of Independence, orexperience the beginning of the Cold War with President Franklin Roosevelt at Yalta. You can also observe the famous wax sculpture of President John F. Kennedy and his son John Jr. come to life, and witness the unveiling of the dramatic visit to “Ground Zero” by President George W. Bush after 9/11.
The National Presidents Wax Museum features a state of the art narration system, as well as historic artifacts including former President Bill Clinton’s red, white, and blue saxaphone and Florida’s controversial ballot boxes from the 2000 election.
When you’re finished rubbing elbows with the presidents, you can check out the Executive Grill for lunch, or hit the gift shop for a souvenir like a special selection of South Dakota Black Hills Gold, collector’s items, fine porcelains and pewter, sculptures, presidential china and other museum quality souvenirs.
The National Presidents Wax Museum is open seven days a week, April through October.