Sunday, February 15, 2009

Royal London Wax Museum- Architects of Victory

Here we see in the Royal London Wax Museum a scene honoring the men who made victory in the second Word War possible. From left to right have; Field-Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, Sir Winston Churchill, Louis Mountbatten, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. They are standing in the rubble of the greatest conflict of the Twentieth Century.

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), and Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945). Although Roosevelt didn't live long enough to see victory, he was honored in the tableaux instead of Harry Truman.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965). The twice Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Louis Mountbatten (1900-1979). The longest surviving of the men seen here, he was murdered by the IRA while aboard his boat.

Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery (1887-1976). Son of a Bishop whose memoirs, and outspoken opinions led to controversy.

Visit the Royal London Wax Museum website here.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Movieland Wax Museum- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

The queen of the wax museum, especially those focusing on entertainment, has to be Marilyn Monroe. Here we see her in the role of Lorelei Lee in the 1953 motion picture Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She is in her famous dress, wearing what she considers to be her best friends, diamonds. Movieland had different versions of their Marilyn Monroe wax figure, and this most recent one was the closest likeness.

A closer view of the wax figure. It was a terrific figure all around.

Even without the mood lighting, the figure looked incredible. The lighting just enhanced the figure.

A close up shows her massive necklace. Diamonds do seem to be her best friends.

The small set without the flash on.

And the figure with the mood lighting on.

The clapboard sign giving information about the movie.

The Marilyn Monroe figure sold at the 2005 Movieland auction for an amazing $12,500, and the frame set sold for $1,700.


Wednesday, February 04, 2009

National Civil War Wax Museum- Exterior

Opening in 1962, the National Civil War Wax Museum continues to be a world class attraction in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Featuring over 300 wax figures in more than 35 tableaux, the Civil War is brought to life for visitors to this historic location. The museum changed its name to the American Civil War Museum in 2004, and guests might not realize how extensive the wax scenes are by the new name unitil they see it for themselves.

A close up of the entrance. The Confederate and Union flags adorn the exterior, while columns grace the front doors. The building looks basically the same today as when this picture was taken. Of course, the lettering has been removed.

Visit the American Civil War Museum's website here.


Monday, February 02, 2009

Potter's Wax Museum- Pope Gregory I

This photo from the Potter's Wax Museum in St. Augustine Florida, shows Pope Gregory I sitting in what must be the Vatican. The Pope was born into a wealthy family, and was educated as a lawyer. However, the Catholic religion was his passion, and he soon turned his focus to that endeavour. He became Pope in 590, and made Christianizing the Pagan Anglo-Saxons a top priority.

A close up of the wax figure, it looks so sad and contemplative. Potter's Wax Museum used to primarily feature historic figures, but has added many entertainment icons to the figure line up.

Visit the Potter's Wax Museum's website here.

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