This week I spent some much needed time with my celebrity faves, Orlando Bloom, Johnny Depp and Jack Black at the Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson.
The wax museum in Branson is basically one huge photo op, featuring hundreds of your favorite celebrities. So in a nutshell — it’s awesome.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take anyone with me so I couldn’t get any real cool pictures with my main men listed above, but my experience at the Hollywood Wax Museum was still a fantastic one.
The museum in Branson first opened in the 1990’s and Mt. Hollywood (a Mt. Rushmore look-alike at the head of the building that features celebrity faces) became one of the area’s most photographed landmarks of the area.
At the Hollywood Wax Museum, you’ll get up close and personal with Pierce Brosnan, Donald Trump, Jamie Foxx, Willie Nelson, Drew Barrymore and so many others. The figures are very impressive and you’ll recognize just about all of them at first glance. Of course, my curiousity was piqued and I immediately wondered how the creators of these wax figures managed to make each one so lifelike. To my surprise, one area of the museum was a single wall detailing the wax figure making process and just happened to answer all of my questions. Such a great addition to the museum!
Each Hollywood celebrity featured is accompanied by a plaque with interesting information and Hollywood trivia. For instance, did you know that the original movie featuring Michael Myers was shot on a very small budget of $320,000 so the prop department had to use the cheapest mask they could find, which just happened to be a Captain Kirk mask. A little white spray paint, teasing of the hair and reshaping of the eye holes and wah-lah! It’s Michael Myers. Weird, huh?
One thing I didn’t expect to find were all the interactive displays like the wall lined with ruler marks. You can compare your own height with that of famous celebrities like Judy Garland who stands at just 4’11” tall or Ashton Kutcher who towers above most others at 6’2″. I was almost up there with Jennifer Aniston who measures in at 5’5″.
Another highlight of my trip was the last exhibit before heading back out into the gift shop. The small room is framed with stark white paint, church pews and George Clooney — waiting for you at the alter. A fabulous wedding dress hangs from a small hook on the wall, inviting you to slip it on and meet Clooney at the alter to recite your vows. You don’t want to miss that photo op!
A visit to the Hollywood Wax Museum makes for a great group activity and pictures that you’ll love to send to the rest of your friends back at home. So stop by and meet your favorite celebrity. Or just stop by to marry George Clooney.
Either way, let us know what you thought!
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