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      Hollywood Wax Museum now officially open in Myrtle Beach

      Angelina Jolie is one of roughly 100 wax replicas at the new Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach

      The new Hollywood Wax Museum officially opened its doors to the public Saturday morning on 21st Avenue North and U.S. 17.

      The museum is made up of roughly 100 handmade, almost alive-looking wax replicas of actors, athletes and musicians.

      Tim Ruedy, General Manager for the museum said he thinks Myrtle Beach is the perfect fit for this type of attraction. "Myrtle Beach has a great traffic of tourists. People are looking for things to do. What people enjoy here is having those hour-long, two-hour long attractions where they can go in, spend a fair amount of money and really have a great time."

      Ruedy explained that the attraction not only offers visitors a chance to look at the replicas, but a chance to interact with their environment in the 30,000 square foot, gallery-style building.

      "Our theory is is that we want to have a presentation that's second to none so the outside of the building looks like a New York landscape, it's got the Empire State Building, it's got the great ape of Myrtle Beach," Ruedy explained, adding that there are specifically-designed areas where viewers can interact with props and sets. "We've got inside these fabulous sets where you can see these celebrities and these figures in their milieu and it's high quality. The floors are shiny. The lighting and sound effects are beyond belief."

      Ruedy said the museum will be open seven days a week, 365 days a year. It's summer hours are from 9:30 a.m. to midnight. They also have two attractions on the bottom-level of the building which include a mirror and a zombie experience.