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5 freaky wax museums

By: Matt Hickman on Oct. 8, 2013, 2 p.m.
House of Frankenstein Wax Museum

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House of Frankenstein Wax Museum, Lake George, N.Y.

As its name relays, the long-running House of Frankenstein Wax Museum is a strictly monsters, murder and mayhem type of affair with nary a boy band or member of the British royal family in sight. Home to more than 50 macabre displays of varying gruesomeness  — “more torture tableaus than you can shake a stick studded with impaled heads at …” enthusiastically exclaims Roadside America — set along a labyrinth of darkened passageways, this one isn’t for young kids, the claustrophobic or those with delicate constitutions. We also personally recommend visiting the House of Frankenstein on an empty stomach and not necessarily because the displays. Rather, there’s a little surprise at the end — vertigo tunnel, anyone? — that could potentially lead to a gnarly spot of nausea. No refunds.