The National Wax Museum is a privately owned waxworks museum in Dublin, Ireland. On October 7, 2009, the museum officially re-opened (although it had been open to the public a number of weeks prior) following extensive renovation at its new location in the left flank of the Irish Houses of Parliament, at Foster Place.
In the previous Wax Museum building, there was a mixture of wax figures and various other figures that were not modelled in wax (mainly because the wax materials were not suited to such. For example: the Lord of the Rings character, Gollum is made from fibre glass rather than wax). This can be to do with problems relating to the figure's weight and skin tones (wax is a heavy material and also useful for a basis of realistic human skin tones) or simply on the artist's style of work.
The front of the building bore a striking mythical Irish giant. At the entrance were some figures including an impressive Gollum figure. The path through the museum brings visitors to a scene with figures such as Crocodile Dundee, E.T., and Irish Sporting and entertainment stars. It went upstairs through a winding staircase, surrounding a jack in the beanstalk scene, complete with giant. From there, visitors entered the Children's World (with the head of the outside Giant peaking in), and witness various story book characters, and children's television show characters. Main attractions here were tunnels in which children could crawl through, the Flintstones, the Power Rangers, and Bob the Builder.
Visitors would then move downstairs to witness a scene of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then on to view many Irish figures of historical importance including Wolfe Tone, the 1916 Rising, and Michael Collins. Following this were various Irish Presidents including Éamon de Valera, Mary McAleese, and Taoiseach. This led on towards figures of Irish theatre, writers, television presenters and G.A.A. stars. Moving from Irish figures to famous world leaders and figures such as Princess Diana, World War II leaders, modern American and Middle-Eastern and Northern Irish leaders of the Northern troubles. Then visitors could witness a re-enactment of Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper painting in three-dimensional wax form.
Although it had been contemplated to relocate the museum in Smithfield, the museum has now reopened at a new location in Foster Place in College Green, Dublin 2.It is now titled under the name "The Wax Museum Plus" and is open to visitors. Like the previous museum, it includes many of the figures mentioned. New features include scenes of Ireland through time from a mythology section to the 1916 Rising, a smaller but more updated Chamber of horrors bearing a more "mature" range of figures, a science department, a music recording studio that allows visitors to interact with a mixing console, and a YouTube music video recording studio titled "The Wax Factor" so visitors can sing along with their favourite tracks, star in their favourite music videos and upload them to YouTube.