The National Wax Museum Plus has a variety of fun activities, designed to cater to people of all ages and walks of life. It is located at Foster Place in Templebar, Dublin. The reason the attraction is named “Plus” is because it is much more than a wax museum.
Those expecting to see the best and most recent wax works in the world may be disappointed (this is not comparable to Madame Tussauds).
Having said that, The National Wax Museum Plus does offer a great, family fun day out. There are lots of wax works to take photos of, selfie opportunities (I just had to take one beside Oscar Wilde today!), you can become a pop star in the Wax Factor, you can get a mould of your hand immortalised in wax but there’s also bit of learning about Irish history, Irish writers, Irish sports starts and science along the way.
This all sounds quite random but I feel that this is why it is so much fun.
The Science and Discovery Zone pays homage to the dedicated Irish Inventors, engineers and scientists. Many of whom you may or may not have heard of. Interactive touch screen technology helps bring this room to life, with real experiments and figures to examine and touch. I think the main waxworks room might need some updating. There are many popstars from the 1980’s,/90’s such as; U2 from that era, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Boy George, etc. One of the newer acts there are Jedward and they are very life like. Those of you not in Ireland, may know them from the Eurovision and various reality shows in the UK.
The museum is self-guided and guests have to follow the signage, which is quite clear. My favourite part of the tour is the basement, where you can see Irish history down through the ages and the Chamber of Horrors. There is a dedicated section here for the Silence of the Lambs and the Hannibal Movies. At the end of the tour, there is a cafe and gift shop (which is full of branded merchandise and quirky things kids might want to take home). One of the cool things available in the gift shop is an opportunity to get a mould made of your own hands in wax. Wax Hands are available in a variety of colours and can even be turned into a funky lamp. Prices start from €8.
The National Wax Museum Plus is open from 10am – 7pm, 7 days a week. The last admission of the day is at 6.15pm. An adult ticket costs 12e, a child costs 8e and a family ticket costs 35e. Senior and student tickets are priced at just 10e.