Criminals Hall of Fame

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Criminals Hall of Fame
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Official Criminals Hall of Fame logo
Established1977 (1977)
Dissolved2014 (2014)
LocationNiagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
TypeWax museum
Collection size40 statues
Visitors10000+ per year
Public transit accessNiagara Falls Transit
WebsiteOfficial website

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 featured forty wax statues of notorious criminals, from mobsters to serial killers. The museum was created in 1977[2] and closed late 2014.

In 2002, columnist Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette characterized the museum 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] 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. ^ "About the Criminals Hall of Fame Museum". www.criminalshalloffame.com. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  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