Monday, December 29, 2008

American Heritage Wax Museum- Famous Indians

This tableau from the American Heritage Wax Museum in Scottsdale Arizona depicts three famous Indians posing. We see Geronimo, Sitting bull, and Red Cloud together in a scene that honors the historical significance of the three men.

Geronimo, an Apache medicine man and warrior, who fought the American government during its expansion into the west.

Sitting Bull, a Sioux holy man and warrior, most remembered for his defeat of General Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

Red Cloud, a Sioux Warrior and leader, fought a series of battles against the United States. These Conflicts were known as Red Cloud's War.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Houses of Wax would like to Wish everyone a blessed and wonderful Christmas season!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Musée de Cire Lourdes- The Nativity

The Musée de Cire Lourdes in France, a wax museum dedicated the the lives of Bernadette Soubirous, and Jesus, houses this wonderful little tableau of the Nativity scene. Here, we see Mary, the shepherds, and the Magi, all admiring the baby Jesus in his swaddling clothes. The manger, a hollowed out log, is all he has for a bed, as there was no room for them at the inn.

In this close up, we see Mary and Jesus. The bond they held, evident in this display.

One of the Magi, holding Frankincense, or Myrrh.

A shepherd boy standing near the Christ Child.

The Musée de Cire Lourdes is a part of the Musée Grévin chain, and is located in Lourdes France.


Sunday, December 21, 2008

News- Anne Frank at Madame Tussaud's

The Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Berlin is currently displaying a figure of Anne frank, on loan from Amsterdam, for a limited exhibit. If this is to quell all the bad press about their Adolf Hitler figure, I don't know, but it comes at a time when they have received a lot of heat for their Hitler display (Hitler has been a common figure here in the states, and is often displayed with other Axis leaders).

Miss Frank sits at a small desk, writing in her diary.

Along with the figure is an historical display giving information about the girl; her life, internment, and death.

View more information on Anne Frank here.


Friday, December 19, 2008

Stars Hall of Fame Wax Museum- Danny Thomas


We see today an image from the Stars hall of Fame wax museum in Orlando Florida of entertainer Danny Thomas. Danny was most known for his television show Make Room for Daddy, and for being one of the founders of St Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Here we see his wax figure in a Las Vegas show.

A close up of Mr. Thomas, or Amos Alphonsus Muzyad Yaqoob, which was his birth name.

A close up of the clapboard sign, which has far less detail than some of the other Movieland signs.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Movieland Wax Museum- Two Women

In what was one of the biggest highlights of a trip to the Movieland Wax Museum is this stunning tableau from the motion picture Two Women. Here we see Sophia Loren as Cesira, holding her daughter Rosetta, portrayed by Eleonora Brown. The amount of agony and emotion that they captured in this wax figure is absolutely incredible! To see these beautiful scenes sold off, and never to be enjoyed again was the worst part of the museum's closing.

A picture with flash shows the detail of the scene, but destroys the mood.

A close up of the two women. Sophia Loren won a best actress academy award for this film, despite it being in Italian.

The clapboard sign, it's strange how only Loren is credited in this scene, as Eleonora Brown is a major character as well.

Another sign explaining how Sophia Loren donated to Movieland the actual dress from the movie.

It was rare to see a sign detailing the events of the scene, but here we see how emotional the scene is.

The Eleonora Brown wax figure sold at the Movieland auction for $200. The set sold for $150. I am so amazed how low they went for. The Sophia Loren figure was not for sale, and ended up in a very strange location. You can find her in a very different kind of tableau at the San Francisco wax museum. . .

She's a member of the crowd in the Sermon on the Mount scene! She still has a handkerchief, and her neck and arm betray the dirt and soot from Two Women.

Visit the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf website here.


Monday, December 15, 2008

Hollywood Wax Museum- Angelina Jolie

Today's post features the famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie. Here we see her at the Hollywood Wax Museum in the red carpet area. The figure stands beside many Hollywood celebrity's wax likenesses. This particular figure of her looks very lifelike and realistic. A far cry from some other figures of famous women.

A closer shot of the figure. If I had to make any criticism, it would be that she looks a bit tired. However, that is just a small detail.

Mrs. Pitt standing next to Ben Affleck, who had his own post on this website a little while ago.

View more information on Angelina Jolie here.

Visit the Hollywood Wax Museum website here.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Paris Spectacular Wax Museum- Marie Antoinette and the Scandal of the Necklace

At the Paris Spectacular Wax Museum we find Marie Antoinette, Archduchess of Austria, Queen of France, and wife of King Louis XVI, receiving a necklace from Jeweler Bassenge. Cardinal de Rohan, duped by the charlatan Cagliostro and the Comtess de la Motte, bought the necklace to present to the Queen. However, he was unable to pay for it, and King Louis XVI had him thrown into the Bastille.

A close up of the Queen admiring herself with the necklace.

The Jeweler Bassenge holding the box.

View more on Marie Antoinette here.

Learn about the Seattle World's Fair here.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Plymouth National Wax Museum- Exterior

15 Carver Street Plymouth, Mass. 02360

Today we have an exterior view of the Plymouth National Wax Museum. The building which looks to be colonial revival architecture, not only housed the many wonderful wax tableaux, but also overlooked Plymouth rock. As expected, the museum was dedicated to the history, struggles, and achievements of the first European settlers in the new world. The museum closed in 2005, leaving the area without a wax museum.

Stay tuned for more pictures from this wax museum.


Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Denver Wax Museum- Baby Doe at the Matchless Mine

For today's post we see the tragic story of Elizabeth McCourt Tabor, also known as Baby Doe. A once wealthy Colorado silver mine owner, she became penniless during the silver crash of 1893. Her husband, Horace Austin Warner Tabor, who was 25 years older than she was, convinced her that their beloved matchless mine would once again yield a fortune in silver. He died in 1899, and Baby Doe lived out most of the remaining years of her life in a shack by the mine until she froze to death in 1935.

A close up of Baby Doe Tabor, a delusional, sickly, poor woman who let the greed of a non-existent fortune dictate most of her life.

View more on Baby Doe Tabor here.


Sunday, December 07, 2008

Madame Tussaud's- Nicolas Cage

The Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Las Vegas allows guests to pose with a couple of figures without having to pay for admission. Here we see Nicolas Cage's figure standing outside of the entrance of the museum. The figure once was part of a Ghost Rider exhibit, but Mr. Cage has lost the phantom wheels and sports a normal set of clothes.

Closer up, we can begin to see the detail of the figure. It gets hot in Vegas, and outside is not the ideal location for a wax figure. However, this one seems to be holding up in the shade.

And a close up really shows how much the figure looks just like Nick Cage.

View more information on Nicolas Cage here.

Visit the Madame Tussaud's Las Vegas website here.


Monday, December 01, 2008

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