Cave City, Kentucky: Mammoth Cave Wax Museum

Classic wax museum of historical and celebrity figures, mixes Presidents with movie stars, astronauts, and Jesus. Part of the Mammoth Cave cluster of tourist attractions.

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Closed. Wax figures sold in 2012.
Mammoth Cave Wax Museum
A classic wax museum of historical and celebrity figures. Two wax museums compared in our story on "Waning Wax." Roadsideamerica.com Report...
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Wax Robert E. Lee. Mammoth Cave Wax Museum

It was a nice detour... deff not something that you would go into expecting a lot out of. Best appreciated not so much for quality, but as something you don't find every day. It hasn't been updated since the days of Reagan.

If you talk to the lady at the desk (the owner), she will be more than glad to tell you the background of the museum...which is an adorable story. It'll take about 30 minutes to walk through, and is narrated by a looped audio tape.

[Danielle, 09/02/2010]
The Lincolns and servant. Mammoth Cave Wax Museum

I took my mom and dad back home for my dad's 60th birthday and on the way home I wanted my daughter (13) to see one of the places I went through on vacation at 13. We all loved seeing it again. Not only was the staff completely heavenly, but we just loved the little history and down home feeling. My daughter said she loved the Last Supper scene the best.

[Melissa Disney-Smith, 11/12/2009]
Neil Armstrong and Sammy Davis Jr. Mammoth Cave Wax Museum

I visited the Mammoth Cave Wax Museum with my daughter and we had a blast. The lady who runs the place is extremely nice, and from what I could tell, it must be a labor of love keeping the place open, because they don't exactly seem to rolling in cash these days.

Not much has changed from the other reviews. Some of the seated figures appear to have broken femurs. To our delight, much as in real life, Eleanor Roosevelt's face seemed to have melted somewhat. We imagined that Neil Armstrong must have told an offensive joke, because Sammy Davis Jr has turned his back to Neil with his fists clenched.

The procession from one diorama to the next can be a little slow, but try to imagine yourself as just having had a stroke, or not being able to see in the dark. That helped us kill some time between narrations.

Besides Mrs. Roosevelt, my favorite postcard is the aerial shot of the museum with the parking lot full of 1960's era automobiles.

[Mike Wood, 11/16/2008]

Sammy's not ready to sock Neil Armstrong -- it looks like more of a hipster clench. Armstrong's joke, no doubt, involved that big moon rock he's holding in his right hand.

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