Musée Conti Wax Museum & The Art of Wax Sculpture
Founded in 1963, this 3rd generation, family owned and operated business is a New Orleans treasure chest of history, legend and scandal. Unlike other wax museums, The Musée Conti Wax Museum tells the story of one city alone, and what a story it is! From our city’s fair founding, to the legendary Battle of New Orleans, to the mysterious world of Voodoo. The fascinating tableau of New Orleans unique history unfolds before your very eyes.
Representing more than three yeas of careful research and painstaking craftsmanship, Musée Conti depicts the exciting history of New Orleans and the Louisiana Territory. There are 154 life-size figures sculpted in wax, and displayed in historically accurate settings. In addition to our historical exhibit, we also have a Haunted Dungeon.
These details may be of interest:
Ordinary beeswax is mixed with a secret chemical compound that hardens the material and increases its resistance to extremes of temperature. Wax, like human skin, is slightly translucent; the coloring is infused beneath the final layer, thus accounting for the uncanny similarity to human flesh.
Each strand of human hair – imported from Italy – is inserted separately with a special needle. This laborious process achieves the realism we seek. All male figures are given complete beards; if you look carefully at the clean-shaven figures you will see a faint stubble remaining on their chins.
Medical glass eyes are obtained from Germany, a country long famous for supremacy in optical glass.
The artistry of the sculptured heads creates as close a resemblance to the actual persons depicted as history has recorded, and as human skill can reproduce. It has been our policy to show these famous people as they appeared at the time of their greatest impact on the world, a point that should be remembered with living people portrayed in the Museum – they will age but the wax figures will not. Similarly, the size of the figures has been thoroughly researched, and is fully accurate. Sometimes people are astonished at the apparent smallness of some of the wax figurines. Apart from the fact that their immobility tends to suggest this illusion, it should be remembered that the human race has been steadily gaining in average stature throughout history, with the greatest gains recorded in the last hundred years.
For may centuries mankind has marveled at the eerie magic of the Wax Museum. In olden Babylon wax figures were known; Alexander the Great retained his own wax sculptor one hundred years before Christ, and the Romans commonly practiced the art. No fair in the medieval Europe was complete without its collection of figures. We believe that the Musée Conti Wax Museum is a worthy successor to this long and firmly rooted tradition.
We hope that the moments you spend with supreme and honored people who await you in the Musée Conti Wax Museum will always linger in your memory.
The Musée Conti Wax Museum is open Mondays 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Fridays 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Saturdays 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and for private events by appointment. Musée Conti is closed on Thanksgiving and Mardi-Gras Day, one week before Christmas and Christmas Day. For information on private parties, specialty spouse tours, and school programs, contact: Beth Sigur at (504) 525-2605 or (800) 233-5405.
Rates & Limitations are as follows:
|Groups of 25 or More||Groups of Less Than 25|
|Children Ages 3-17||$4.95||Children Ages 4 – 17||$6.00|
|1 Adult Per 10 Students||No Charge||Adults:||$7.00|
|All Other Adults||$5.95||Seniors||$6.25|