National Presidential Wax Museum, Keystone

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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. We invite you to witness the history of American Democracy from its inception.

The entire family will enjoy America's heritage in wax! This unique museum features incredibly realistic life-sized wax figures of every President of the United States. So real that you will whisper in their presence. Take a vicarious trip into the past. Experience the feeling of being with President Roosevelt at Yalta, Dolly Madison at a White House reception, or President Richard Nixon aboard the U.S.S. Hornet as he welcomes the returning astronauts home from their moon flight.

Meet face to face our most beloved heroes and share in their historic glories. See life-like, life-size figures of all U.S. Presidents in authentic period costumes and accurately detailed surroundings.

Open 7 days per week April through October, 9AM to 5PM

Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9AM to 8PM

The National Presidential Wax Museum also features:

• State of the art narration system.

• Historical Artifacts including President Bill Clinton’s red, white, and blue saxophone and the Florida’s 2000 Presidential election’s controversial ballot boxes.

• Special group rates with complimentary welcome receptions available upon request.

• A spacious gift shop located in the museum with 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 Holy Terror Mini-Golf course, a challenging 18-hole course located adjacent to the museum.

Located on Keystone’s Main Street, US 16A South, the National Presidential Wax Museum is located two miles from Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, six miles from the world-renowned Beautiful Rushmore Cave, ten miles from Crazy Horse Memorial, and fifty miles from historic Deadwood, South Dakota.
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  • I bought a buy one get one free admission for this attraction. It won't take you very long to get through. There is a lot of cool history here. They give you an audio guide to go through the attractio...  more »
  • We toured the National Presidential Wax Museum, initially thinking that it would be somewhat touristy; however, we were pleasantly surprised at how well done this museum has depicted all of our presid...  more »
  • We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of this museum. A great deal of history is provided via handsets - more than we could properly take in. The museum is much larger than we expected. The only...  more »
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  • This place is AWESOME!! So much fun for the young and old. You can go as fast or slow through the museum as it is self guided with audio wands that you hold up to your ear and listen to. The detail is amazing. Loved that President Trump was right when you start the museum. Lots of neat tidbits about Presidents that you don't necessarily learn in school. Will definitely come back.
  • This fits that deep yearning for a classic and mildly creepy stroll through presidents past and present. Honestly, this was one of the highlights of my trip. The figures are well made and some of them are almost terrifyingly life like (see Donald Trump). The scenes created are visually and historically interesting. Perfect for the history buff or casual tourist alike.
  • Nice place full of presidential history, well worth the time and money
  • Beautiful replication of Presidents and known associates. Educational with recorded historical stories with each exhibit. Clean, well maintained ed facility. Employees were upbeat and made us feel welcome . Sincere thanks also given at payment as well as a parting greet while exiting Overall, so happy we visited and will tell family and friends to check out this site.
  • This place is bigger than it looks!! It's a self guided tour with handsets provided to give you information on each set up. It includes all of the presidents, even the current one. There are some important people in our country's history featured as well. The tour is full of interesting facts, so even if you are an American History buff, you'll have fun listening to the tour and viewing the displays. There are a many full size displays to look at, along with many pieces of Presidents from the shoulders up. Such a fun way to spend a few hours learning about our history!
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