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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Potter's Wax Musem

Man, this is a really cold winter.   I can't help, but continue to have dreams of Florida.  So, let's take a look at another great Florida tourist attraction:  Potter's Wax Museum in St. Augustine, FL.   Being built in 1948 Potter's was the very first wax museum in the United States of America.  At one time the collection boasted at least 300 hundred figures.  Sadly, when the original owner George Potter died in 1979 his family could care less about the collection and sold off the majority of the figures.   Luckily, a passionate employee salvaged a portion of the wax figures and opened a much smaller venue where it currently sits.

Potter's easily has the most figures per square footage.  Figures are dog piled on top of each other.

So let's take a look around and see what they have.  In the scant 3 rooms they have quite the comprehensive collection.

We have our local Floridian Legends.....Fingerless Hemingway and Pounce De Leon....

We have historical figures.....

 We have Willie Shakespeare and his sidekick Yorrick.....


Princess Di.....

Thomas Edison with his trusty light bulb.....

And here is Mark Twain Dreaming up Huck and Tom.....

Here we have the Evil leadership of the Axis during WWII.   Subbing for Hitler is Stalin, who I guess we like to forget was on our side in the war.

I have noticed that despite being the most notorious human being in World history, I have never seen a Hitler Figure in a Wax Museum.  Maybe it is bad luck to have a Hitler.

Potter's does meet us half way, by giving us Hitler's head on a platter.

Then of course we have our pop culture figures......

And let's not forget Potter's Potter.....

And the saddest Nicholas Cage ever.....

But what really sets Potter's apart is that they are not afraid to pull back the curtain and show you some things that Wax Museums usually don't let the public see, such as their works in progress....

Can you find Stonewall Jackson's shapely thighs?

I don't think anyone wants to play with that thing, Thank you!

They also have an interesting collection of damaged wax figures, that had a really awesome ghoulish effect to them.

And don't forget to check out their extra creepy wall of heads.....

And check out this bulletheaded Lincoln?  Ha!

Too soon?

Potter's is an awesome old school Wax Museum.  While their space is small, you will not believe how many figures they crammed in.  I only touched on the surface.   There is a lot to see in St. Augustine, but I would definitely include Potter's in your visit.

The Carpetbagger

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  1. Great job on finding out about the place's history, stuff I never knew. Did you know the building that Potter's is located in now, the Ponce de Leon Shopping Center, was designed by famed Miami architect Morris Lapidus?
    What I love about Potters is that it's so dark and creepy, and you share the same space with the life-sized figures. Wait, did that one just move? It's a real old school gem in our nation's oldest city...

    1. It looks like they have moved since I have been there.

      I think you hit the nail on the head, I love the fact that there is no separation from you and the figures, its like being in a storage area full of wax figures.

  2. Pretty cool and realistic looking figures!

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