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History in the Heart of the City: The Tijuana Wax Museum

by Jorge Guevara and Daniel Aguilar. Reprinted with permission of San Diego Red.

Tijuana Wax Museum

Downtown Tijuana offers many hidden gems, among which is the iconic and classic Tijuana Wax Museum. The museum opened its doors over 20 years ago, on February 5th 1993, and now features 86 figures classified by theme, and placed in rooms with names like Mexico’s Hall of History, National and International Artists, Great Leaders of the 20th Century), and the Hall of Terror.

Tijuana Wax Museum

When you are in the presence of these figures and you read the texts which tell of their life and work, you learn a little more about the history of Mexico, and the time in which its heroes lived. Visual aids like paintings and period scenery provide meaningful glimpses into the country’s past, but of course the most remarkable things are the figures themselves, which appear ready to spring to life at any moment.

There are only 3 wax museums in all of Mexico: one in Mexico City, another in Guadalajara, and of course Tijuana’s own, which at the time of its opening was the second of it’s kind in all of Latin America.

Tijuana Wax Museum

The Tijuana Wax Museum boasts ten halls filled with figures representing several major themes: Pre-Hispanic Mexico, the missionary period of Baja California, the history of Tijuana, and legends and stories about the heroes of Mexico and beyond. In these halls visitors may examine replicas of historical figures like Miguel Hidalgo, Moctezuma, and Emiliano Zapata, John F. Kennedy, Gandhi, and Pope John Paul II, as well as the show business idols Cantinflas, Marilyn Monroe, Pedro Infante, and Elvis Presley. And then of course there is the museum most hair-raising hall, the Hall of Terror, which appears as a poorly lit dungeon and features wax models of classic horror characters such as Dracula, Freddy Kruger, and the Werewolf.

Tijuana Wax Museum

The Tijuana Wax Museum is conveniently located in the downtown area, minutes away from the border, making it a preferred destination for those seeking easy and affordable family-friendly fun. The admission fee is only $1.75 dollars ($20 pesos) per person.

 

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