Visiting a wax museum allows you to see history's most influential people face to face, whereas visiting a hall of mirrors allows you to see only yourself face to face to face to face to face. Look upon unfamiliar waxy visages with today's Groupon to The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. Choose from the following options:
For $6, you get admission for one (a $12 value).
For $11, you get admission for two (a $24 value).
For $22, you get admission for four (a $48 value).
For $15, you get a one-year individual membership (a $30 value). The membership includes:
- Full access to collections and exhibits
- Invitations to members-only tours and exhibition previews
- Discounts on special performances and programs
- One-year subscription to the museum newsletter
- 10% gift-shop discount
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum fills a full city block with wax incarnations of influential African Americans who lived from centuries ago to the present. Daily admission unlocks free group tours through period exhibits populated by life-size replicas of W.E.B. DuBois, Toussaint L'Ouverture, and the Scottsboro Boys. While travelling through tableaus re-creating the slavery era, early black entrepreneurship, and the Harlem Renaissance, visitors can peer through the hold of a colonial-era slave ship replica, or rehearse for United Nations staring tournaments with a waxen President Obama.
Other exhibits celebrate African American leaders in the military, in religion, and in education, and spotlight famous city natives such as Frederick Douglass and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Members embark on private two-person tours, receive a top-secret guide, to whom statues have been known to surreptitiously cross their eyes at, and are feted year-round with invitations and discounts to special museum performances and programs.
Origin Stories: No Blinking in the Backseat!
Dr. Joanne Martin and her late husband, Dr. Elmer Martin, began their museum in 1980 as a mobile temporary exhibit, filling a Pontiac with four wax figures purchased with the down payment they had intended for their future home. Though the museum has visited numerous national conventions, Dr. Martin has personally toured Mexico's murals and Ellis Island to glean new ideas for reaching visitors of every economic level. One of Dr. Martin's favorite moments came at the opening of a President Obama exhibit just before his inauguration, when scores of eager visitors filled the room to capacity, cameras in hand.