Up Close and Personal With The Stars: Branson's Hollywood Wax Museum

See the stars in Branson with a visit to the Hollywood Wax Museum.

Branson visitors may arrive hoping to see some fabulous shows featuring all-star performers from the stage, but they probably don't expect to get up close and personal with the likes of departed stars of the screen such as Charlie Chaplin, John Wayne and Michael Jackson and even current celebrities like Johnny Depp, Simon Cowell and Lady Gaga. However that's exactly what they're in for with a visit to the 15,000 square-foot Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson. 

The most photographed Branson attraction since its 1996 opening, the Hollywood Wax Museum — located right in the heart of the Highway 76 strip — features its very own version of Mt. Rushmore, "Mt. Hollywood," including sculpted faces of Hollywood greats John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and the King himself, Elvis Presley. But the fun doesn't stop there.

Branson's Hollywood Wax Museum also features a New York City skyline attacked by none other than the largest primate in the Midwest. Visitors can take photos with life-like wax replicas of their favorite Hollywood stars while they Wizard of Oz Characters at Hollywood Wax Museum Branson MOlearn their background and little-known facts, such as pet peeves and favorite pets. But the attraction isn't just a museum of wax replicas, it offers interactive fun for visitors as they can hug their favorites, smack the villains, walk the red carpet, marry a heart-throb, sit on a bench next to Forrest Gump or even venture down the Yellow Brick Road. The choice of photo ops are endless!

The Hollywood Wax Museum offers realism like none other. Visitors are often astonished at the detail of figures such as Elvira, Gollum and the crews from Star Trek and Baywatch. Each life-size wax figure begins its life as lump of clay molded by a sculptor into a life-like head and face before it's then transformed into a mold from which the wax figure is whittled. A group of talented Hollywood Wax Museum artists then bring the creation to life with vibrant colors and costumes. In fact, it takes seven talented artists three months of collaboration to create each figure found in the museum.

Before they leave, Hollywood Wax Museum visitors can take advantage of the Studio Store, where they can shop the largest collection of celebrity souvenirs and memorabilia in the Midwest.

Visiting the Hollywood Wax Museum is only the start of Branson's star-studded adventure. Next-door attractions included in the Hollywood Entertainment Center include Branson's Castle of Chaos, the world's first 5D ride and game, as well as Hannah's Maze of Mirrors, which invites visitors to find their way through hundreds of mirrored archways in their quest to save Princess Hannah from Ugly Hetty's spell.

The Hollywood Wax Museum is open 365 days a year, and tickets are only $10 for children aged 4-11 and $20 for visitors aged 12 and older. Those who want the full Hollywood Entertainment Center experience, including the wax museum as well as its two neighboring attractions and buy-on-get-one-free Shoot for the Stars mini golf, can instead purchase an all-access pass for only $5 more. The Hollywood Entertainment Center also offers group discounts and free admission to residents of nearby Taney, Stone, Christian, Ozark and Douglas counties (as well as Boone County, Ark.) on their birthdays.

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