National Presidential Wax Museum

The National Presidential Wax Museum was founded in 1971 by famous Hollywood wax sculptor Madame Katherine Stubergh and renown movie set designers Don and Bonnie McPhee.

About National Presidential Wax Museum

National Presidential Wax Museum
Located only minutes from Mount Rushmore in the town of Keystone in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, the National Presidential Wax Museum is an exciting patriotic experience for the whole family.

Meet over 100 lifelike wax figures, including all 45 U.S. presidents, all depicted in stunning visual recreations of iconic moments in U.S. presidential history.

Explore the stories behind the faces with a self-guided audio tour narrating the context and history of each scene. Witness the intricacies of the wax sculpture process with a seven-minute theater video showcasing the museum’s ten artists as they create America’s leaders out of wax and bring a vision to reality. Want a memorable experience? Play the part of the White House press secretary and give a speech from a teleprompter podium in a spot-on recreation of the White House press briefing room!

Other exhibits include original oil paintings by famed artist and illustrator Harvey Dunn, original Florida voting booths from the 2000 presidential election, and life and death masks cast from the faces of presidents, historical figures, and silver-screen movie stars. The National Presidential Wax Museum also boasts a huge gift shop filled with unique and quirky gifts that can’t be found anywhere else in the Black Hills.