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Imagine a place where Barack Obama, Beetlejuice, Fidel Castro, and Woody Allen could convene—other than your nightmares. Picture a building graced by the world’s best artists from across the centuries, from Leonardo da Vinci to Vincent van Gogh to Norman Rockwell. Such a worldly gathering of mankind’s finest figures is reality at the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf, a 100,000-square-foot showplace filled with intricate wax replicas of religious leaders, Hollywood starlets, and King Tut.
For nearly half a century, this wax emporium has housed impressively detailed and meticulously maintained waxy re-creations of the most famous public figures in the world. Bring a 20-megapixel digital camera and make a poster of yourself sitting with Jesus at the Last Supper or practicing your Matrix acrobatics alongside Keanu Reeves.
Being in the company of famous people is an agreeable experience, especially when they can’t talk back to you. This experience is even more thrilling with famous politicians. Lucky for you, this Fisherman’s Wharf museum has tons of politicos, from George Washington to Ulysses S. Grant to Yasser Arafat. If you’re thinking about making it a family outing, there are plenty of kid-friendly figures, though today’s Groupon is only good for adults age 18 and up. (Prices for children are $10 for ages 12–17, $7 for ages 6–11, and $0 for under age 6.)
In all, the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf houses more than 250 famous figures. It’s one of the only attractions featuring a plethora of beautiful celebs on their best behavior that isn’t an excruciatingly long awards ceremony.
- I took so many pictures that my battery was dying on my camera. My favorite part was the horror section…it had all my favorite killers and it just looked creepy. – Nani V., Yelp
- Very cool, the details are amazing and kinda freaky, some of them you thought would reach out and grab you, very very cool. – Joel L., Yelp
- We have been taking family and friends here for years. This is a great place to take your out of town visitors. – tami d., Insider Pages
Real or Wax Quiz
It’s often hard to tell the difference between wax figures and real people. If you can’t tell whether you’re talking with a wax figure or a real celeb, ask the following question:
- Did you play any pranks of on the set of your last movie?
A. Yes, George Clooney and I were quite the jokesters.
B. No, we didn’t play a lot of pranks.
If the answer is B, you’re talking to a wax figure.
The Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf
The Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf introduces visitors to more than 250 of history's most notable personas with a labyrinth of realistic sculptures situated in elaborate displays. More than 50 scenes span the entire museum, providing ample room for the paraffin personalities to depict a millennium of historic milestones and portray the contemporary world's most popular candles. Wax artisans craft an array of themed exhibits including the far-reaching History section, in which humanitarians, scientists, artists, and dictators live out the impacts they placed on the world. In the Palace of Living Art, patrons witness the inception of their favorite masterpieces, admiring as Mona Lisa sits for her immortal portrait. King Tut's Magnificent Tomb unveils the life of one of the ancient world's most well-known rulers, and the Presidential Library brings past U.S. leaders together to finally determine which one left the milk out.
145 Jefferson St
San Francisco, California 94133Get Directions