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Potter's Wax Museum, Saint Augustine

(3.3/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
The Potter's Wax Museum is located at 31 Orange Street, St. Augustine, Florida, United States. It houses over 160 wax sculptures covering a wide range of real and fictitious figures, including famous politicians, entertainers, horror characters, historical personalities, sports stars and other celebrities. George L. Potter established the collection in 1948 and the attraction is the first wax museum in the United States.HistoryAs a child George Potter traveled the world with his family. One family trip lead to London where Potter visited Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. In his adulthood he made a small fortune in real estate and the rental market which afforded Potter to live out his dream of bringing the world in wax to America. After studying the market in St. Augustine a location at the corner of King Street and A1A (San Marcos Ave) was chosen. Gems London Wax Studio was contracted for the construction of the initial collection.For many years the museum was operated under the moniker "Potter's International Hall of Fame." Guided tours were performed by uniformed guides giving accounts of the lives of over 300 wax figures.Upon the death of George Potter in 1979, the museum was maintained by family until 1986. His family, not sharing his passion for wax works disassembled and sold off much of the museum and its collection. The former curator Dottie White purchased the core collection of about 150 figures and re-opened the museum at its King Street location in 1987. Over the course of the next two decades the museum underwent several make overs and renovations.
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  • The last time I visited this place it was still near the Old Plaza. It has now moved near the city gates with the Old Drug Store. But the quality has not changed. I was wondering if I liked it so much...  more »
  • My fiancee and i went because the hotel offered we stayed at offered buy one get one free. The figures should be up dated to more modern people..lots of people.. From history understand its st. August...  more »
  • So well done. Hard not to touch. Very enjoyable for the whole family. This is a great one for evening and rainy days.  more »
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  • Fun experience! I have been there once before so this is my second time visiting. There were new wax sculptures and some of the old ones were not there, but it was really cool to see the people actually making and painting wax sculptures right in front of me. For those of you that are Star Wars fans, they do have a Star Wars section. Geek away!
  • Its pretty interesting and great for kids. I doubt the accuracy of some of the figures as they are not the same height as those that they represent. The historical placards are informative and fun. Definitely worth visiting.
  • So much to see! The tour is great, and then they give you an opportunity to walk around and explore everything on your own. The organization of the figures is great, and they have a wide variety of figures to see!
  • I went to this place as a part of the ghost tour. We had a small presentation in one of the areas and then left. What I could see was interesting. (A lot of the stuff was covered up for the night.) We didn't have time to go back during the day to see the other attractions. Maybe next time.
  • There are a lot of figures to enjoy, but it is small and cramped. I would have liked to see more scenery surrounding them as well as more photo ops, like chairs to sit in near them.