Best Museum (Wax Division) - 2004
Black World History Wax Museum
Josephine Baker is watching you. Oh, you thought she was dead? Well then, you obviously haven't been to the Black World History Wax Museum, where famous dead black people come to life via life-size wax figurines. Upon approach, one would be apt to wonder whether this St. Louis Avenue institution, founded in 1997, is even open, what with the boarded-up quartet of second-story windows. From the façade, it looks like a residence, and a majestic one at that. A museum it is, though, and you won't likely be the only one touring the well-researched exhibits on slavery, music, politics and the like. And it's bound to be an edifying experience, augmented by articulate descriptions of, say, Harriet Tubman's role in the Underground Railroad. But as any classy gent would say when explaining his primary attraction to his better half, it's all in the eyes. Whoa! Harriet Tubman is looking at you. These are gen-you-wine prosthetic eyeballs, and it makes for a truly eerie sight. Don't believe us? See for yourself Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $2.50 for kids twelve and under and $4 for the older ones.