Criminals Hall of Fame

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Criminals Hall of Fame
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Official Criminals Hall of Fame logo
Established 1977 (1977)
Dissolved 2014 (2014)
Location Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Type Wax museum
Collection size 40 statues
Visitors 10000+ per year
Public transit access Niagara Falls Transit
Website Official web page

The Criminals Hall of Fame Wax Museum was a wax museum on 5751 Victoria Avenue in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. One of many wax museums in the region, it was located at the top of Clifton Hill.[1] The museum features forty wax statues of notorious criminals, from mobsters to serial killers. The museum was created in 1977 and closed late 2014 .[2]

In 2002, columnist Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette characterized it as "a cheesy little monument to brutality,"[3] while in 2005 the same paper's Dennis Roddy called it "a garish little exhibit."[4] In 2003, the Boston Herald dubbed it "tacky."[5] In 2010, Doug Kirby's roadsideamerica.com noted in its review that the museum had "more gore than most horror wax museums and better lighting, too," which it took as "a good indication that this attraction is drawing enough of a crowd to pay its electric bill."[6]

Statues[edit]

Among the museum's featured criminals are contemporary serial killers such as Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy and Charles Manson, which are interspersed with infamous historical figures like Billy the Kid, Pretty Boy Floyd, Clyde Chestnut Barrow, Lucky Luciano, Jesse James, Al Capone and Elizabeth Báthory.[6][7] Not included is the Canadian couple Karla Homolka and her ex-husband Paul Bernardo. [1] In 1999, the figure of Adolf Hitler was stolen from its glass case.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Farra, Harry (2 November 1980). "Wax Museums:Niagara's Other Wonder". Beaver County Times. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.criminalshalloffame.com/about.php About the Criminals Hall of Fame Museum
  3. ^ Collier, Gene (3 July 2002). "Road to redemption can't erase that night drive". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Roddy, Dennis (10 July 2005). "Canadian-born killers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Kramer, Lauren (13 February 2003). "Step by step, you too will embrace thrilling Niagara Falls". Boston Herald. Retrieved 6 August 2010. ...few come for the city itself which is cheesy beyond belief replete with motels advertising red heartshaped hot tubs and tacky attractions such as the Criminals Hall of Fame Wax Museum. 
  6. ^ a b "Criminals Hall Of Fame Wax Museum". roadsideamerica.com. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "The Criminals". Criminals Hall of Fame Wax Museum. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Wax figure of Hitler disappears". Toronto Star. 7 April 1999. p. 1. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Wax Hitler Stolen from Hall of Criminals". roadsideamerica.com. 18 April 1999. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 

Coordinates: 43°05′31″N 79°04′35″W / 43.091879°N 79.076516°W / 43.091879; -79.076516