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Brooklyn, New York
November 29, 2001
I went through the museum with two friends. We had a ball checking out the shoes; I am particularly partial to platforms. My friends looked for stilettos and bunny slippers respectively. "Two out of three ain't bad."
We also posed ourselves in imitation of our favorite exhibits. Our giggling was infectious enough to attract bit players to fill in our scenes as we wandered through the dioramas. I suppose we were lucky not to be asked to leave!
What impressed all of us the most was the gift shop. It is called The Penny Lane Sweet Shop and has a whole wall of "penny candies" to choose among as well as a glorious assortment of British imports. I bought toffees in tins that looked like traditional British red phone booths. My friends bought plaid scarves with matching socks. The shop sells lovely china cups, mugs, and boxes as well as antique-style metal solidiers and paper dolls. There was a sale on Christmas crackers, those paper and cardboard tubes that explode when two people pull the tabs in opposite directions. We bought six and netted an assortment of paper hats, plastic charms, and dreadful jokes.
The Royal London Wax Museum and The Penny Lane Sweet Shop are located opposite the The Pacific Undersea Gardens at the far corner of the harbor. It is open 9:00 am to 7:30 pm and costs $5 US. It is not necessary to pay admission to enter the gift shop.
From journal Victoria City of Simple Pleasures
New York, New York
November 11, 2000
There are more than 250 realistic wax figures, with the English Royal Family and famous people from Christopher Columbus to Charlie Chaplin to Bill Clinton. There are also exhibits of torture-type scenes, but nothing too gruesome.
Located right in Inner Harbour, this is an excellent stop if the weather is not cooperating (which happens sometimes especially in the winter months). You could stop by for an hour or two and come out to a shining sun for the rest of your day.
Check out their website at:
www.waxworld.com, which includes a virtual tour and images of various wax figures.
From journal Beautiful Victoria