Potter's Wax Museum, St. Augustine

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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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  • August 11, 2017
    This is a great way to beat the heat at ten bucks a pop. They had way more figures than i thought they would. Very up close and personal too. We enjoyed strolling through and taking fun photos with th...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    I would have enjoyed a demonstration of how they make the figures/faces. That would have been a great addition to the tour  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    We visited this museum with our two kids. It cost $23 with a coupon for all 4 of us to visit. There were excellent wax figures here and it was arranged in a way that was easy to walk around and enjoy....  more »
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  • June 26, 2017
    Very reasonably priced. Very enjoyable and relaxing exhibits. Nice little store attached. You can look at everything at your own pace. Had a blast.
  • June 11, 2017
    Great place to visit. I never get tired of this place! New things to see everytime!
  • March 17, 2017
    Great place to go on the Ghost Tour! It is spooky in the dark and the guides have many interesting stories to tell. There was audience participation if you're brave enough.
  • April 11, 2017
    I was skeptical of paying for this due to it appearing quite small. My wife talked me into it and I'm glad we did. The teenagers loved it and so did the 11 year old girl. There are quite a few people in here and the whole thing was quite fun!
  • May 31, 2017
    We loved it first time at a wax museum and will not be our last loved it so much fun

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