One of the most interesting attractions that we found while visiting St Augustine was Potter’s Wax Museum! We knew from a previous visit that the wax museum was located in historic St Augustine but we never looked into visiting. I’m glad we didn’t pass up this attraction again! They have recently moved to their new location and have their own stop on the Old Town Trolley tour. After a brief closure for moving, they have a newly remodelled facility that really helps add to the atmosphere. The staff was awesome, and very informative.
Broken up into different sections, the Potter’s Wax Museum has wax personalities that range from the famous to the historic. You can literally walk through history to see some of the world’s greatest minds, and the most nefarious people that ever walked the planet! Before we got into the historical section, we were treated to quite a few figures from some of our favorite movies. My little guy really got a kick out of Dobby from Harry Potter and Darth Vader and I were joking about being fathers.
When we first arrived we were given a guide that told use who was who. Some of the figures weren’t exactly obvious, so it was nice to be able to look them up. Unlike at a traditional museum, there weren’t signs, but many of them were placed in scenes of historical context. One curious observation is that many of the historical figures were actually quite small in stature. Great attention to detail was given to the figures, not only in regards to their facial features but their physical characteristics. The wax museum figures were so detailed and lifelike, I often felt like one of them would jump out and yell “Boo”!
During our visit the staff was kind enough to check up on us and point out a few stories about the individual figures. Although Potter’s Wax Museum is a self guided tour, the staff was super helpful! We had a few questions regarding how the figures were created as well as the process and were actually quite impressed by the knowledge and excitement regarding the history behind the figures. It turns out the gentleman who assisted us, was actually a history major at Flagler College just down the street.
In regards to the value, I would certainly say that this would be a worthwhile day trip. Coupled with lunch at a local park, visiting Potter’s Wax Museum in St Augustine is a must experience frugal adventure. I did notice there was a coupon in one of the local coupon magazines. (They are available at any local hotel for free.) You can also purchase tickets online through their website at a discounted rate. We spent about an hour or so at Potter’s Wax museum in St Augustine and enjoyed taking pictures with our favorite figures! It might be a bit difficult for smaller children to understand that they are wax figures, and might be a bit scary for younger kiddos because they are so life like and detailed. My one year old seemed to have a great time though.
Potters Wax Museum Details:
Admission $10 Adults / $7 Children (6-12) / Under 5 Free / Seniors 55+ $9
Open 7 Days A Week
31 Orange St. St Augustine Fl 32084
Telephone: 904 829-9056
Sunday – Thursday 10am to 5pm Friday & Saturday 10am to 8pm
Discounts available through online purchases in advance through their website, or discounted tickets if purchased through the Old Town Trolley ticket centers.
Stop #4 on Old Town Trolley Tour