Wax museums used to be a major attraction for visitors to New York state, but now only a handful remain. In this edition of Explore New York, we take you to a house of horror, made entirely of wax.
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. -- It's a novel that launched a dozens of horror movies in Hollywood - Mary Shelly's 'Frankenstein.' But, the monster's home isn't in California, or even London: it's in the quiet camping destination Lake George.
Looming over Lake George is the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum. Each day on Canada Street, you can find the grotesque but sentient creature luring people into his house of horrors: a lace that's not for the faint of heart.
"We don't recommend it for little kids, but there are some brave kids to do it," said Susan Bates, House of Frankenstein assistant manager.
If you're brave enough to tour the wax museum, you'll take a self-guided tour through the big green monster's house. Taking in along the way, scary sights made of wax, that come to life with the push of a button.
"It's going through at your own pace, and just looking at things. It is different than that, from a haunted house, but it is still scary," said Bates.
The wax museum is open from May until Halloween. With it taking a half hour to walk through, everyone leaves with a favorite fright.
To add a little historical perspective, Frankenstein's House of Wax is celebrating a milestone this summer: it's the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's groundbreaking novel.