Have you ever seen anything on display anywhere that was so real and life-like that it was a little creepy? Well, that’s exactly how I felt the entire time I was in the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum. And, before you say anything, I know…I’ve been blogging an awful lot about museums lately right? Well, Hot Springs offers so many great museums, it’s a little hard not to…

The Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum, as I recently learned from The Gangster Museum of America, stands now where the old Southern Club used to be. The Southern Club is where many people, including the notorious gangsters of the era (Capone, Luciano, etc) would come to relax and have some fun. Now converted to the Wax Museum, people still flock to this famous site to cool off and entertain themselves.

 I’ll admit it, at first I was a little skeptical as to how “real” the wax replicas would be but, was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. The waxy models on display were like clones of the people they were representing, down to the approximate size and shape of the body, color, and life-like hair.

As soon as you enter into the Wax Museum there are already some Wax figures that watch you patiently, as they wait for you to buy a ticket and ascend the stairs up to the first big exhibit. The first exhibit at the top of the stairs was probably my favorite out of all of them, it depicted Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” This display featured Jesus and his disciples eating together around a long table the night before Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice on the cross. Apart from looking so much like the actual painting, the exhibit featured an audio narration describing each character depicted from left to right. There were many interesting exhibits such as this one that made use of a lot of different audio and visual spectacles, such as narration and movement of the figures themselves.

Many of the rooms in the museum are devoted to a different and excentric theme. For example, there is a royal theme (Princess Diana, etc), horror theme (not recommended for children, it was freaking scary), and even a make-believe theme devoted to children’s tales and fables (pirates, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, etc).

All in all, the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum was a pretty good stop on my tour of Hot Springs’ attractions. I was pleased with the value and quality that went into each display and exhibit. I would recommend trying the Wax Museum to anyone and everyone at least once, and if you get nothing else out of it, at least it gives you the chance to step right on up to President Obama’s face and tell him exactly how you feel about him!

Location: 250 Central Ave, 71901

Contact: (501) 623-5836, www.rideaduck.com/waxmuseum/index.php

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