Imagine a place where Barry Obama, Beetlejuice, Fidel Castro, and Woody Allen convene without a cockamamie script from Michael Bay. Picture a building graced by the world's best artists from across the centuries, where Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh hold staring contests with Norman Rockwell. Today's Groupon invites you to the worldly gathering of humanity's most famous and infamous figures with a $7 ticket to the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf.
A 100,000-square-foot showplace filled with over 250 intricate wax replicas of religious leaders, Hollywood starlets, and King Tut, the Wax Museum is an eclectic panorama of mimetic wax. For nearly half a century, this doppelganger emporium has housed impressively detailed and meticulously maintained waxy re-creations of the world's most famous public figures all united by a collective fear of high temperatures. Bring along a 20-megapixel digital camera to capture the pairing of a grilled cheese sandwich sitting with Jesus at the Last Supper, or practice three movies worth of Matrix acrobatics alongside a characteristically stoic Keanu Reeves.
Waxing nostalgic with nostalgic wax invites sightseers to try on their most political faces within the company of George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, and Yasser Arafat as pertinent questions of societal right and wrong percolate before the quiet countenances of these and other famous leaders. A plethora of kid-friendly figures from Dorothy to Toto to Martha Stewart make wax a family experience, 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 free for under age 6.) An educational jaunt through stunning reproductions can inspire new worlds of candle-whittling and deep contemplation on the artifice of celebrity.
- 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
- This wax museum I think is done better then ones in other cities...This one feels cleaner too. – Barbara B., Insider Pagers
- 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
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.
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