National Presidential Wax Museum, Keystone

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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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  • The rest of the family found wax figures "creepy" so I ventured out on my own. This was a quick walk from hotel. I truly enjoyed the figures and historical information. I was very glad I was able.....  more »
  • Interesting wax museum a few miles from Mount Rushmore honoring presidents. Be sure to watch the video which shows how the wax figures are made. If you go before 11 a.m. admission is only $6. They....  more »
  • We stumbled on this by accident while camping outside of Keystone. For a history buff like myself it was an awesome experience. The closest you can get to meeting all of our presidents face to face! It is a self guided tour, so you can go through at your own pace. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable!
  • We had an enjoyable experience here. Our group was ages 11, 41, 68 and 80. All were interested in presidential history beforehand. It is a self-guided audio tour that allows you to learn a few minutes of info about each president. Takes about 90 minutes if you listen to each presentation in full. Most of the figures were very realistic, with a few exceptions (Reagan, HW Bush, Obama, Clinton, Carter). Most scenes were unique (such as Truman and Eleanor R. Witnessing signing of UN charter) and included numerous people, instead of having all standing next to each other. The half of our family who was not interested played minigolf next door at same time. Gift shop had a nice selection and reasonable prices.

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