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The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

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    Look, we all know about the Madame Tussauds in downtown DC -- it's hard to avoid hearing about it every time a new (fake) celeb pops up at the place. And earlier this year, the museum debuted its Hall of Presidents. Hey, at least the place has a historical component.

    But if you're looking for a deeper historical look -- one that, naturally, involves life-size, vaguely life-like figures -- consider the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore.

    When the museum opened in 1983, it was the first of its kind, the nation's only wax museum zeroing in on African-American history.

    With a list of objectives that include using historical role models to motivate kids, improving race relations, and supporting nonprofit organizations that seek to improve the economic and social status of African Americans, the museum provides a unique perspective that sets it apart from your standard museum experience... or even your standard wax museum experience.

    Exhibits include A Journey to Freedom, the Harlem Renaissance, Jim Crow Era, Athletes and Entrepreneurship.

    Located at 1601 E. North Avenue in Baltimore, the museum is located in a community with a special African-American heritage.

    Frederick Douglass became a Baltimore resident as a child. More than 70 years after his death in 1895, Baltimore native Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. These trailblazers are just two of those who have treaded through Baltimore fighting for freedom, equality and human rights.

    The museum is open to the public during the winter every day except Monday. General admission is $12 for adults and $10 for kids age 3-11.