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5 freaky wax museums

Oct. 8, 2013, 2 p.m.
Criminals Hall of Fame Wax Museum, Niagara Falls

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Criminals Hall of Fame Wax Museum, Niagara Falls, Ontario

You can’t swing the disembodied arm of Queen Elizabeth II in binational tourist bonanza Niagara Falls without hitting a wax museum. The place, on both the New York and Ontario sides, is lousy with them. However, there is one waxworks that manages to stand out from the creepily inanimate pack: a beloved 36-year-old institution featuring the likes of Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy.

The Criminal Hall of Fame Wax Museum features over 40 wax replicas of history’s most notorious serial killers, gangsters, outlaws, psychopaths, cult leaders, cinematic unsavories, bank robbers and deranged Hungarian countesses all immortalized in their “real habitats.” New additions include notorious Wisconsin corpse-snatcher Ed Gein and prolific mafia hit man Richard “Iceman” Kuklinski. (Adolf Hitler, who was stolen/broke free from his display case in 1999, has since been replaced).