Myrtle Beach may be on the wrong coast for celebrity-spotting, but now visitors can catch the next best thing at the new Hollywood Wax Museum.
Opening in June across from the popular Broadway at the Beach complex, Hollywood Wax Museum was already hard to miss even before it opened. During construction to convert the old NASCAR Café into the three-story Hollywood Wax Museum, a 40-foot replica of King Kong was hoisted by crane atop a façade of the Empire State Building, causing some near-collisions by curious onlookers on Highway 17 Bypass.
You can't miss the Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach, seriously — Photo courtesy of Hollywood Wax Museum
The Hollywood Wax Museum is like a pop culture museum featuring realistic wax figures from wall to wall. Icons from the world of music, film, TV and sports are positioned in action roles complete with backdrops of stage and screen. The collection runs the gamut of generations, from legendary musician Johnny Cash (aka The Man in Black) to popular actor Johnny Depp (aka Captain Jack Sparrow).
Pose for photos with Indiana Jones, Rocky, Austin Powers and other colorful characters in complete costume. Take a voyage with the entire Star Trek crew of the Enterprise or climb aboard the ships from Pirates of the Caribbean. Put yourself in the middle of the Rat Pack, The Beatles or Charlie’s Angels. Best of all, take an “Elfie” (that’s a selfie with Elvis) on the set of Blue Hawaii.
It’s as close as most folks will get to these Hollywood A-list celebrities, and the wax figures are realistic enough that you just might fool some friends with your vacation photos. Imagine posting pictures of yourself rubbing elbows with the stars on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and you could even end up becoming the subject of tabloid material. OK, so let’s not go that far.
Hollywood Wax Museum is actually three attractions in one. In addition to the main attraction, the remodeled building also is home to Hannah’s Mirror Maze and Outbreak, a zombie-themed action thriller. Guests can fumble their way through the house of mirrors or try to avoid the zombie apocalypse in these bonus attractions. Patrons can receive discounted admission when they package together tickets for passes to two or all three attractions.
Hollywood Wax Museum is located at the corner of Highway 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. The attractions are open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. and close at midnight. For ticket prices or more information, visit the Hollywood Wax Museum website.