Stand next to Harry Potter and see if he gives you his autograph. Johnny Depp might comply but then he’s dressed like Captain Jack Sparrow, so just move on and sit next to Oprah Winfrey and discuss your problems at length. You will soon start wondering why she seems so stiff and she’s not really listening to you. Will Smith is there, maybe that ought to be your next destination. Then you realise none of them are moving because you are in the Potter’s wax museum.
The Potter's Wax Museum houses over 160 wax sculptures (243 before 1986) covering a wide range of real and fictitious figures, including famous politicians, entertainers, ghoulish individuals, historical characters, sports stars and other celebrities. George L. Potter established the collection in 1948 and the attraction is the first wax museum in the United States.
George Potter travelled the world with his family. One family trip lead to London where Potter visited Madame TUSSAUD’s Wax Museum. He made a small fortune in real estate and the rental market which allowed him to live out his dream of bringing the world in wax to America. After studying the market in St. Augustine a location at the corner of King Street and A1A (San Marcos Ave) was chosen. Gems London Wax Studio was contracted for the construction of the initial collection.
The “Potter's International Hall of Fame" served as a museum for many years and guided tours were performed by uniformed guides giving accounts of the lives of over 300 wax figures. When George Potter dies, his family maintained the museum until 1986. But soon they decided to sell the museum and its collections.
The former curator Dottie White purchased the core collection of about 150 figures and re-opened the museum at its King Street location in 1987. Over the course of the next 2 decade the museum underwent several make overs and renovations.
Meet Queen Victoria and Austin Powers all at one spot. New figures are always added and the most recent is the famous professional golfer Tiger Woods.
The exclusive chance to learn about history through the people that made it is what draws so many visitors to Potter's Wax Museum. The realistic figures come complete with a full history of their lives, and makes for an enlightening yet entertaining experience.
Potter's Wax Museum Travel Tips
- Group tour rates are available for 10 or more people.
- Contract design and sculpture services to theme parks and attractions are also available.
- Carry your camera to take pictures.
- Read the instructions carefully, it is a self-guided tour.
- Eating and drinking are not allowed inside.
- Bistro De Leon: French
- Athena Restaurant: Greek
- The Kookaburra: Café, Australian
- Centre’s Restaurant& Piano Bar: American, Mediterranean
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36.65% of people who visit St Augustine include Potter's Wax Museum in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
40.58% of people start their Potter's Wax Museum visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Potter's Wax Museum
69.12% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Potter's Wax Museum
Potter's Wax Museum Reviews & Ratings
Well maintained and entertaining to learn about the history of the figures. If you're looking for more modern celebrities, be aware that this wax museum is mostly for history buffs. Some of the wax figures are questionable looking as they don't really look anything like their real life counterparts, but it is a smaller operation. Price is reasonable, so overall it's worth a visit.
It's a bit smaller than I'd like, but they cram plenty of models in there (mostly Americana, but quite a few historical figures are in display). Bonus points: They have a display area where they show how the models are meticulously hand crafted. It's also reasonably well air-conditioned, which can be a welcome relief from the Florida outside.
Great experience really enjoyed looking at all the figures and getting pictures with them have to say my favorite two displays are the Harry Potter display and the Star wars display. And I have to say the artist did a fantastic job putting all the displays together . The price was reasonable to say the least. It would be cool to see how the figures are made and how long it takes to create them. Don't recommend bringing little children cause they will wanna touch and stuff . You can't touch any of the figures . Cause their all a work of art. And are all one of a kind.
It was the 1st place I visited in St. Augustine. The museum was not very big but absolutely worth it to try. I loved seeing all characters, kings, famous politicians, writers. musicians and inventors, although some characters' faces were not very similar to the real ones. Admission was reasonable and I recommend it to visit.
This is the first time I've been to Potter's in almost 7 years! They've changed locations from King st. To Orange st. And the place is still amazing! The staff are very informative and friendly making the experience that much more memorable. If you're in the St. Augustine area, I highly recommend checking out Potter's Wax Museum.