“over 200 life-sized figures”
Established 1983. Located In The Center of Laclede's Landing. 1/2 Block West of the Old Spaghetti Factory. In a 1885 Cast Iron Facade Warehouse Building That is Listed on National Historic Landmark 200 + Life Size FiguresFrom London England, Germany, Hollywood CA, New York NY, Missouri, & Seattle, WA.
The quality of the sculptures are anywhere from "they probably shouldn't display this" to "I'm wholly impressed and creeped out." The first few floors hit the major historical points you'd expect. There's a small section dedicated to super heroes. The self guided tour takes a hard turn in the Chamber of Horrors. I loved it and wish I could have spent more time walking through, but my wife was terrified and kept a brisk pace. If you're checking out the arch or other downtown attractions stop by and check this place out.
If you were walking by and had $10 to blow this wouldn't be the worst thing you could do with it. But don't make this a destination visit (i.e - don't fight downtown traffic just for this) Many of the exhibits were poorly maintained (dusty, poor/no lighting) and while a few of the wax figures were very lifelike, many of them were of a poor quality.
The dungeon floor was pretty creepy... the girlfriend and I were there on a slow day and down there by ourselves and I know i was genuinely creeped out! It'd probably be too gory for children so i imagine your target audience there is teenagers trying to scare their dates.
One of the downsides of picking things off the beaten track is that you occasionally get a clinker. This was one of them. The "wax" museum was about 75% plastic pop culture marketing pieces - you know, the plastic Superman statue that some theaters get when the movie comes out. With the temperature in there, I have a hard time believing any of it was really wax. And not that well done, either. Most of the figures were dusty and many displays had missing lights so you couldn't really see them. In the hall of Presidents, Reagan had a surfer wig and Obama was a cardboard cutout... The "House of Horrors" was pretty extensive with some audio and animatronics, but nothing better than a good haunted house at Halloween. Not really scary enough for adults, but too gory for little kids. Your $10 is probably better spent elsewhere.
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