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Hollywood Wax Museum: Everything you need to know

If you’re looking for something fun to do in Myrtle Beach, especially if it’s raining on your beach vacation, there’s a great wax museum filled with your favorite celebrities (well, wax versions of them, anyway). Find out all about it in our Hollywood Wax Museum review.

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The outside of a building that looks like skyscrapers and has a King Kong hanging off the side of it with the words "Hollywood Wax Museum: Everything you need to know" digitally written on top.

Every time we drive into Myrtle Beach, we pass a huge building with King Kong hanging off the side. It’s impossible to miss it. I mean, “The Great Ape of Myrtle Beach” (as he is called known to the locals) is 35-feet tall, weighs 40,000-pounds, and hangs off a building. You can’t miss him if you try.

I always knew there was a wax museum inside the building he’s hanging off of, but I had no idea that there were two other activities inside the building as well.

If you didn’t know either, keep reading and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center.

A ferris wheel at the Pavilion at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach with the words "Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Travel Guide" digitally written on top.

Myrtle Beach is such a fun place to visit. If you’re coming in from out of town with your whole family and looking for things to do other than the wax museum, our Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Travel Guide can help you plan your whole trip.

Hollywood Wax Museum Review

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We went to the Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach. There are also locations in Branson, Missouri; Hollywood, California; and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (in the Smoky Mountains region). This review is based on the South Carolina location only.

A large King Kong statue in the lobby of the Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC.

You enter the building into the lobby, which has a gigantic King Kong photo op. Well, photo op for the museum. You do three poses and get to see the photos in the gift shop as you’re leaving. Our photos came out so cute, so big kudos to the photographer (but they are not included with your ticket, so keep that in mind).

But don’t worry. You’ll have plenty of chances to take your own great pictures with your favorite stars.

A woman sitting on the set of the Ellen show with two wax figures the Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC.

You go around a bend and enter the wax museum. It’s actually two floors worth of wax figures, which is really nice. Some of the figures are in a full scene with props, like Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods in front of the Delta Nu house, holding Bruiser Woods in her purse. You can pose with her and your own Bruiser. And then there’s Audrey Hepburn in a scene from Breakfast At Tiffany’s. You can sit with her at a table, donning a tiara and pearls from the prop stand.

Some of the figures are just … there. Like Justin Bieber. He was off in a corner by himself. “Baby” played through the speakers, but he wasn’t as interactive as some of the others celebrities.

And, speaking of celebrities, according to the museum’s Twitter bio, it’s “the only wax museum in the country devoted entirely to celebrity figures.”

A woman wrapped up by a snake in a wax museum at the Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC.

​It’s also partially a museum. There is a fact card next to each of the celebrities with their name and information about them.

If you’re not easily scared, you can go through the Horror Chamber, which has wax figures of characters like Jason from Friday the 13th, the Crypt Keeper from Tales From The Crypt, and more. If you are easily scared, you can skip this part (going straight past Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg in the kitchen together) and continue on.

A woman at a soda shop with three wax figures at the Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC.

If this is your first time going to a wax museum, I’m going to suggest taking your time and really getting into it. Use the fun props. Make a scene. Play around. Have lots of fun. The more you play around and get into it, the better time you’ll have. If you don’t get into it, you might not have a great time. Which is a shame because wax museums are so much fun.

After you’re done with the two floors of wax celebrities, you head to the basement. That’s where the other two attractions are. You don’t have to add them on to your day. In fact, you can just do one of the activities downstairs and not even do the wax museum. But, if you’re going, we suggest doing the mirror maze downstairs at the very least. We loved it and had such a good time doing it.

The best way to describe the other attraction is a zombie themed haunted house. That’s a fun time if you like being scared, and, well, not one of the best things to do if you don’t like being scared. We are adults and we jumped quite a few times.

Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach.

Hollywood Wax Museum: Frequently Asked Questions

Hollywood Wax Museum Address:

1808 21st Ave N Unit A

It’s technically part of Broadway at the Beach, but it’s across the street.

Hollywood Wax Museum Phone Number:

(843) 444-0091

Hollywood Wax Museum Hours:

Sunday through Thursday: 9 am to 9 pm
​Friday and Saturday: 9 am to 10 pm

How long does the Hollywood Wax Museum take?

You go at your own pace, so it depends on how much time you take with the props and photos. On average, it probably takes about an hour to go through the whole wax museum, but we saw groups go through a lot faster than that because they didn’t stop for pictures.

​Hollywood Wax Museum Tickets:

You can purchase tickets through the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center website.
Single attraction tickets for the museum are: $29.99 to $32.99 for adults and kids 12+ (ticket prices vary by day). Kids 4 to 11 are $17.99. Kids 3 and under are free.

Single attraction tickets for the mirror maze are: $17.99 for adults and kids 12+. Kids 4 to 11 are $9.99. Kids 3 and under are free.

Single attraction tickets for Outbreak are: $19.99 for adults and kids 12+. Kids 4 to 11 are $9.99. Kids 3 and under are free.

An All Access Pass, which includes all three attractions, is $36.99 to $39.99 for adults and kids 12+ (it’s day dependent). Kids 4 to 11 are $19.99. Kids 3 and under are free.

Other Attractions At The Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center:

The wax museum isn’t the only thing to do at the entertainment center. If you buy the All Access Pass, you have access to three different attractions: the wax museum, Hannah’s Maze Of Mirrors, and Outbreak: Dread The Undead.

A woman in a mirror maze.

Hannah’s Maze Of Mirrors

Hannah’s Maze Of Mirrors is a really fun mirror maze. If you’ve never done a mirror maze before, get ready. They’re very disorienting. You have to get through a maze, but there’s no map and every wall is a mirror so you’re met with infinite reflections. So you don’t exactly know where you’re going and you very often walk into yourself.

Pete and I did the maze together, but in one section where there are five curtain covered doors, I actually did lose Pete.

It’s a quick maze, maybe 15 minutes from start to finish (including a quick cartoon at the entrance about Princess Hannah and how the maze came to be). It’s definitely a lot of fun and worth a trip through.

A man in a zombie haunted house.

​Outbreak: Dread The Undead

If you like haunted houses, you’ll love Outbreak: Dread The Undead. The concept is there was a gene-altering substance that turned test subjects into zombies who have taken over a laboratory.

You walk through the lab, which is mostly very dark, while zombies jump out at you and puffs of smoke blow at you. We jumped … a lot, so I recommend it for your older kids but not your younger kids.

The very last scene had a live actress jump out, which we didn’t expect since the rest of the adventure was just animatronic. However, I’ve read third-party reviews that mention live actors, so maybe there just weren’t any for us because we went in the off season. So, be prepared for anything.

Have you been to the Hollywood Wax Museum? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.