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Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach: A Family Vacation Stop (Five Days of Family Fun at the Beach)

Leah Courtney
I've been sharing Five Days of Family Fun at the Beach in conjunction with our family beach trip to Myrtle Beach, SC. You can find the first post and links to all the fun beach posts here.

This year during our beach visit, we had the opportunity to visit the Hollywood Wax Museum. I received two free all access passes in exchange for sharing our experience at the museum. This fun museum has celebrity wax figures, a mirror maze and a zombie apocalypse walk through. Kathryne and I were the ones who visited the museum. There were some things younger kids would enjoy, but much of the museum was more fun for older kids and adults.

Our trip and review of the Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC

The entrance to the museum is King Kong themed- an attention grabber right from the start.

Hollywood Wax Museum, Myrtle Beach SC

The main part of the museum has a "red carpet" trail to follow through the main level, up stairs, and back down stairs for the finish. This use of multiple floors makes the museum much bigger than it actually looks from the outside.

One of the nicest things about the museum tour is that the wax figures are accessible. You can take pictures of them as you would the real celebrities. And you can take pictures of yourself with them.

Morgan Freeman is one of my favorite actors. He's starred in quite a few movies we've enjoyed. In the museum he's featured just standing on the red carpet.

Hollywood Wax Museum, Myrtle Beach SC

 Some of the actors are placed in the setting of a well-known movie. Here Johnny Depp is in his famous role as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Hollywood Wax Museum, Myrtle Beach SC

Some older actors are also featured. They are in a set appropriate to their time period instead of a movie set. Here's Kathryne with James Dean and Elvis in the soda shop.

Hollywood Wax Museum, Myrtle Beach SC

Another well-known movie is Indiana Jones. Harrison Ford is featured in the set. Alongside each figure is a sign that lists some of their film credits, awards they've won, birth dates (and death dates if applicable), and interesting facts about the character.

Hollywood Wax Museum, Myrtle Beach SC

Props are featured throughout that really give you opportunity to interact with the figures. Here I'm with Tom Hanks in the setting of Forrest Gump.

One interesting note: Kathryne and I were able to participate in a walk through rating tour after we had gone through the entire museum. On this walk through, we rated the figures from 1-5 based on how well done we thought they were. Some of the characters seemed out of place in their movie setting, and Tom Hanks was one of those. I thought the figure looked very realistic but not how Tom Hanks looked in Forrest Gump.

Hollywood Wax Museum, Myrtle Beach SC

It was fun to explain to Kathryne some of the older figures, like Lucille Ball featured in the famous I Love Lucy episode where she promoted the Vitameatavegamin.

Hollywood Wax Museum, Myrtle Beach SC

Along the way of the red carpet tour, there are some interactive exhibits as well. There is a laser maze where you were timed trying to make it through without breaking the lasers. There is a wall sized piano keyboard you to play. This was a quiz to determine what kind of Hollywood villain fit your personality.

Hollywood Wax Museum, Myrtle Beach SC

In one section of the red carpet tour, there is a Horror Chamber. The figures here are pretty gruesome from some well-known horror movies like Scream and Tales of the Crypt. There is a notice on top and an alternate route if you don't want to walk through. I thought this was good because if we had had the whole family, the younger set could have skipped this.

Hollywood Wax Museum, Myrtle Beach SC

There were often fun ways to pose with your favorite characters. Kathryne stood in the winner's circle with the two Earnhardt race car drivers.

Hollywood Wax Museum, Myrtle Beach SC

 I played the guitar with Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash.

Hollywood Wax Museum, Myrtle Beach SC

Of course we enjoyed some of the more recent movie settings like this scene with Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart from Twilight. But Kristen Stewart's figure here was the one I gave the lowest rating on our rating tour. She looks very unrealistic compared to the other figures which are pretty well done.

Hollywood Wax Museum, Myrtle Beach SC

At the end of the red carpet tour, the all access pass allows you to continue to the lowest floor. Here you'll find Outbreak- a zombie take over- to walk through. We hyped ourselves up and prepared for the frightening experience, although I wasn't at all sure I wanted to do this.

At the start of the tour, you are taken into a room where there is a video explaining to you the set up of scientifically altered people who are now zombies and are taking over the lab. The video itself is pretty graphic with blood and violence and frightening zombie scenes. After the video, the door to the "lab" opens to allow you to begin.

We were pretty disturbed by the video. I am NOT a horror movie person. When the lab door opened, and the entrance door began to close behind us, we both caved. We shrieked, stopped the door from closing, and let the attendant know we wanted!

If you're a scary movie fan, you may not be too scared to enjoy Outbreak. But younger kids or those who are easily frightened- ME!- may want to avoid this part.

Hollywood Wax Museum, Myrtle Beach SC

Also downstairs is another exhibit we did enjoy- Hannah's Mirror Maze. Hannah is a princess trapped in the center of the maze. Her royal parents assign you with the task of finding and saving her. The maze was difficult enough to be challenging but not so difficult as to frighten us. There are some beautiful lights throughout that made the maze fun.

I will say that someone who gets that "trapped" feeling easily may not enjoy the maze. There was no apparent way to signal for help if you were hopelessly stuck. And the maze was difficult enough that we seemed to be walking in circles for a while.

Hollywood Wax Museum, Myrtle Beach SC

At the end of the tour is a small gift shop with movie and television memorabilia. You can also purchase pictures of your group with King Kong- which an attendant will take as you enter the museum.

We really enjoyed our trip to the Hollywood Wax Museum. You can find it across from Broadway at the Beach on 21st Avenue North. All Access tickets are $27 for adults and $17 for children (4-11). Children under 3 are free. You can also visit just the celebrity wax museum for $20 for adults and $12 for children (4-11). Find out more about the Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach and plan your trip here.

Disclosure: We received two free passes for the museum in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. She’s graduated two teens- one who’s a legal adult now! And she’s still homeschooling two middle schoolers. She loves all things book related, and in her- very rare- free time you can find her listening to audiobooks and coloring.


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