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.
Use our Keystone sightseeing website to visit National Presidential Wax Museum on your trip to Keystone, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We enjoyed the museum. It was a good overview of most of the presidents with audio tour. The best wax figure was President George W Bush. Take a selfie with the White House Podium. 
    We enjoyed the museum. It was a good overview of most of the presidents with audio tour. The best wax figure was President George W Bush. Take a selfie with the White House Podium.  more »
  • Never thought to check this place out before but I’m so glad we did! Decided not To do the audio tour and walk our way through it it. 
    Never thought to check this place out before but I’m so glad we did! Decided not To do the audio tour and walk our way through it it.  more »
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  • We visited the place on a foggy day off-peak season in March before the Pandemic hit, and we were the only visitors at the time. The self-guided tour through a walkie-talkie was very informative and educative, and all of the wax figures was precisely and meticulously made. It was supposed to take few hours here, but we rushed through the entire exhibition area due to us being the only real people inside the museum, making the visit creepy and horror-movie themed. Definitely will visit the place again when coming back to the area, if there are more visitors.
  • The Wax Museum was a perfect spot to stop after visiting Mount Rushmore. Very kid-friendly and interactive with listening devices, photo ops, short introduction clip and gift shop. It’s amazing how much detail goes into each presentation. The wax figures are extremely well-done! I highly recommend making this a stop on your trips in the area.

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