The National Presidential Wax Museum in Keystone, South Dakota is world-renowned for our hyper realistic depictions of our nation’s presidents, historical figures, and more. Perfectly tucked in the Black Hills along historic Highway 16, we draw thousands of visitors, both local and non-local, to our growing museum every single year. And while our wax figures are easily our largest draw, thanks to their accuracy in likeness and pure spectacle, we pride ourselves for the intense research that has gone into the development of our tours and resources over the years. In short, the National Presidential Wax Museum is a learning paradise.
Whether you’re from the United States or from a foreign country, our museum fosters an opportunity for all who walk through our doors to take a step back in history. Here, you’re able to experience and enjoy the formative moments that have carved our nation’s trajectory course and have allowed us to become the mighty superpower we are today.
Already planning a trip to South Dakota for this summer? There’s no better place to spend your vacation than in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Surrounded by National Parks and Forest, along with numerous attractions, festivities and events, there is a little something for everyone here! Here are just a few of the events happening this summer, that are within driving distance! Don’t forget to check out the National Presidential Wax Museum in Keystone, SD for a fun and educational stop on your journey!
If experiencing and living through American history is your jazz, you’ll love the Black Hills region of South Dakota. From playing its own unique role in our nation’s history with the Black Hills Goldrush of the 1800s to the development of our nation’s premier homage to our fearless leaders with the carving of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the 1900s and opening of the National Presidential Wax Museum in 1971, there’s history around every corner. Whether you’re 8 or 92, there are so many things to do in the Black Hills, let alone even more things to do in South Dakota. When you're planning a trip to South Dakota, make sure to come see us in the Black Hills.
With all of the excitement surrounding the Black Hills, its eccentric assortment of attractions, friendly, relaxed atmosphere, and unique attachment to our Presidents, we can’t help but think about how these hills have played their own role in Presidential history. As such, we’re detailing all of the Presidential visits to the Black Hills on record, dating all the way back to 1911! If you come and visit, you'll be living and breathing in Presidential history - how cool is that?
For decades, millions of tourists have traversed the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota to pay homage to the brilliant scenery and intricate art interwoven throughout the hills. Perhaps the largest draw is the eclectic mix of sculptures, namely Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse. Whether you’re an art buff or simply enjoy viewing works of art, it’s hard to miss the hundreds of iconic sculptures sprinkled around.
As the residential sculpture experts of the Black Hills here at the National Presidential Wax Museum in Keystone, SD, we’re here to share the top sculptures/sculpture parks you ABSOLUTELY need to see the next time you’re in the Black Hills!
When you think of United States Presidents and the beautiful Black Hills, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln likely come to mind thanks to our pride and joy, Mount Rushmore. While these Presidents inarguably shaped American history, many fail to recognize the many Presidents who have actually spent leisurely time in the Hills.
Whether you’re an American History fanatic or looking to add an unforgettable experience to your next trip to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, the National Presidential Wax Museum is one of the most affordable attractions in the Black Hills! Open from March through October, it’s the perfect place to learn, while taking in incredible depictions of times past in our nation’s history, as well as fantastic craftsmanship. Perhaps you’ve visited the museum before or you’re just now finding out about us while planning your Black Hills vacation. Either way, we hope the National Presidential Wax Museum is at the top of your must-see list next time you’re in the area.
To help give you a better taste of the magic that awaits you at the National Presidential Wax Museum, we’ve gathered the top seven reasons why you should come see us on your next Black Hills vacation!
Presidents are people just like us! Just like everyone, sometimes presidents get into arguments. With friends, with family, with other presidents, you name it! Below are the top five disagreements had between United States Presidents and... well... anyone!
When you think of the skills required of the men who carved Mt. Rushmore, what are some areas of expertise you would assume necessary? Hard worker, good with a jackhammer, willing to put their life on the line, and… baseball savvy?