People have always been fascinated by wax museums. These are often tourist destinations for the whole family and they represent an era in time. Whoever is immortalized in wax is symbolic of the pop culture of the moment.
There are some truly spectacular places to see these wax figures. Some are expertly designed and so realistic that people honestly can't tell the difference between the celebrity and the statue itself. While there's some pretty strange Wax Museums, there are also some phenomenally crafted ones. We're taking a look at the top 10 in the world and ranking them.
10 THE WAX MUSEUM GOLD COAST
Australia has some amazing natural landmarks that are worth exploring, but if you're along the Gold Coast and want to do something a little different, then you can head to the surfer's paradise and check out the Wax Museum.
It's home to one of the biggest collections of wax statues in Australia. While some of them are not as high quality as you would expect, there's a lot of fun to be had in this Museum. There are a few expert dioramas set up and the exhibition also explores some of Australia's history, including its link to the Commonwealth, Britain and the Royal Family.
9 MUSEO DE CERA MADRID
Spain is full of culture, great food, stunning buildings, and of course brilliant views. If you're in Madrid for a day and are bored of the conventional museums, detailing the amazing history of the city, then you could head to the Museo De Cera (which of course translates to Museum of Wax).
There's a heavy focus on Spanish history and culture, with a lot of tributes to their famous football stars. There's also some trademark celebrity statutes such as Dwayne Johnson, but what it's perhaps best known for is its horror-related attractions, including the Train of Terror.
8 MOVIELAND WAX MUSEUM NIAGARA FALLS
Everybody loves a museum dedicated to the movies and Niagara Falls in Canada offers up Movieland, which is lined with Hollywood stars. This exhibition is set up to look like an old cinema and has a retro quality.
The attractions help fans relive their favorite movie moments. Many of the wax figures are therefore constructed with some kind of film set behind them, to help visitors step into the moment. All of the statues are of high-quality but there is, of course, less variety of characters compared to others on this list.
7 LOUIS TUSSAUDS PALACE OF WAX AND RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT GRAND PRAIRIE
Ripley's believe it or not is known to have some weird items that are sure to make the mind boggle. The bonus of this Museum is that you get two attractions under the same roof.
The Wax Museum itself is much more modern in feel compared to some more traditional entries on this list. The wax statutes are of stars from the last decade who are likely going to remain relevant for some time. Some of the statues are less incredible than others but there's a variety of celebs that you probably wouldn't see anywhere else.
6 HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN WAX MUSEUM LAKE GEORGE
The surprisingly secretive museum in New York is actually pretty popular, it just never seems to be talked about. This is the place for horror and movie monster fans, so the next time you're walking around this city, you should definitely check it out.
The whole museum has an eerie feeling as you walk through it and it features a who's who of famous movie monsters and bad guys, including Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers. What's more, the waxworks themselves are absolutely brilliant and at the same level as the props in the films they're featured in.
5 SIDDHAGIRI GRAMJIVAN MUSEUM KOLHAPUR
This offering from India is far from just a series of waxworks. The museum, which is actually outdoors, focuses less on celebrity culture and famous faces and more on the history of India and it's society.
The museum is built with beautiful sets and props that bring the story to life. The museum itself is somewhat a dream of Gandhi, with his tale being told as you walk around the small village, which accurately represents village life itself.
4 WAX MUSEUM AT FISHERMAN'S WHARF SAN FRANCISCO
The Museum at Fisherman's Wharf was one of the best in the US and was home to both historical and celebrity waxwork figures. In 2013, the museum closed but later, re-opened as Madame Tussauds.
You can still visit the impressive building today, which continues to host its lifelike statues. The area surrounding the museum is just as impressive as the work that's gone into the wax figures themselves, which have been set up in one of the best ways on this list. For instance, showing Bruce Lee mid-kick is perfect.
3 HOLLYWOOD WAX MUSEUM LOS ANGELES
Hollywood is the land of the stars so it's only appropriate that its wax museum is so heavily focused on some of the biggest names of Hollywood. While other museums might include sports stars, for instance, this one solely focuses on the movie and pop stars of yesterday and today.
The statues themselves are some of the most incredible pieces of artwork and the visitors can actually have a say on who should be featured as part of the attraction, by voting for the celebrities they feel should be added to the star-studded lineup.
2 MADAME TUSSAUDS LAS VEGAS
The attractions in Las Vegas have stepped it up a notch. It's the city of extravagance and bright lights and the wax museum is no exception to this rule.
There's a superhero exhibition and Drake is currently the star of the show. There's a little bit of a Las Vegas theme with a hangover bar full of the celebs that have likely partied a little too hard the night before.
1 MADAME TUSSAUDS LONDON
London is where it all started so it's no surprise that it is the best Wax Museum in the world. The Madame Tussauds in the capital of England features the trademark statues that even celebrities are amazed by.
All year round it hosts some really fun exhibitions, including a Marvel superhero one, much like Las Vegas. It also heavily focuses on British culture and its stars, including of course the Royal Family, but also some of their amazing athletes and musicians.