St. Augustine, Florida: Potter's Wax Museum

Classic old wax museum exhibits a tight assemblage of modern and historical figures and celebrities. Moved to new location in May 2013.
Address:
31 Orange St., St. Augustine, FL
Directions:
In the downtown historic district. Two blocks west on Hwy 1A/S. Castillo Drive, on the south side of Orange St.
Hours:
Su-Th 10-5, F-Sa 10-8 (Call to verify)
Phone:
904-829-9056
Admission:
Adults $10.00
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Potter's Wax Museum

On a recent visit to St. Augustine, I was worried when I saw that Potter's Wax Museum had put up brown paper in the windows and its sign had been removed. "Great, another classic piece of Florida kitsch gone." Not so! It turns out that they merely moved from their old location (which was, admittedly, a mere shadow of its glory days) to the Authentic Old Drug Store by the Huguenot Cemetery. I have yet to visit, but I figured that fellow roadsiders should know of the change.

[Prof. ~.a.~, 06/07/2013]

Thank you for your keen eye, worthy of insertion into only the finest lifelike wax figures.

Potter's Wax Museum

This is probably one of the most disappointing wax museums I have ever been to. It was unorganized, overcrowded, expensive, and the figures looked very cheap. It even lacked charm. It did have a good variety of figures, including a lot of newer pop culture figures, and I did appreciate that because a lot of the more charming wax museums that I've been to weren't exactly updated.

[Danielle O., 11/16/2012]

Cheap wax figures can be a rich source of hilarity ("Is that Mark Twain or Albert Einstein?"). And wax museums that fail to keep pace are invaluable guides to our pop culture past. How else will the youth of today know about Knight Rider and Baywatch?

Wax figure pieces. Potter's Wax Museum

Potter's is a wonderful old school wax museum. Space is obviously limited, so the figures are stuffed in close proximity. In the WWII section, Hilter isn't represented as a full body figure, but rather a head in a box. One of the more interesting aspects is the several ghoulish, damaged wax figures on display.

[Jacob Krejci, 08/24/2011]

And new figures are added regularly, such as Tiger Woods and Robert De Niro. Billed as "America's first and finest wax museum."

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