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Philadelphia wax museum proposed for Delaware Ave? Hmm…

Naked Philly reports that a nonprofit group called the Philadelphia Wax Museum would like to build one of those, possibly in South Philly on the land where Foxwoods casino would have been.

The museum bills itself as a charitable organization that aims to teach kids and adults about Philadelphia history by showing wax figurines. And wow, is the rendering of the proposed museum ambitious or what?

What’s not clear is whether the museum has any money, though it does have more than 50,000 likes on its Facebook page, which says the group was founded in 2008. Or if it has control of the land. Or if Delaware Ave. and Reed Street would even be a good spot for this. Or whether they have filed 990 forms with the IRS, a yearly requirement for 501(c)(3) nonprofits (we couldn’t find them). Or what other than wax figurines would go into what surely would be a building that would cost tens of millions of dollars.

Several commenters on Naked Philly also noted that they’d seen this rendering used for other buildings with a few small changes. Can you spot the Tokyo reference in the interior shot?

The rendering also includes the URL, which doesn’t list the wax museum among its portfolio. So, yeah, we’ll see. Meanwhile, they produced a fairly slick commercial last year, so they have that going for them.

Though you may detect a tone of skepticism here (pause for dramatic effect), we’re willing to be convinced. We emailed them and will report back. Hey, Philly Wax Museum, tell us how you’re going to make this happen.

UPDATE: Robert Avery contacted us and we exchanged a series of emails: “Thank you for your post!! I can understand the doubt, but we are legit,” Avery said. He sent us several links to news articles about their efforts over the years and provided their approval for nonprofit status. Good luck, Robert.

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7 Responses to Philadelphia wax museum proposed for Delaware Ave? Hmm…

  1. Rob Avery January 17, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    Thank you for this article. We are a real 501(c)(3). We have been doing events in the schools of Philadelphia for a few years now. We are working to raise the funding to create the wax figures. We are sure that this will be an expensive endeavour but we have faith that the great people, companies, and foundations can help us with meeting our mission and goals. We are also in the works of applying for grants to get started. We are excited about the progress we have made.

    I am a man of faith and I have had this dream/vision since 1997. I used to walk around Philly and make stops at all the Blue Historical Markers and thought (with some divine inspiration) that it would be great to get an up close and tangible look at these great past and present people of Philadelphia.

    The Philadelphia Museum is Philadelphia’s museum. It is about us! We have a GREAT CITY and we dont’ get the credit we deserve for being so rich. It’s amazing to see how many great people are either native or who have graced our city with their lives.

    Please show your support by becoming a fan of our Facebook fan page.

    As far as the Issue with Chic-Fila we love all people!!! We do not discrimate against anyone. Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love and we plan to show that. We just stated our beliefs, which teach us to love one another and respect others!

    We hope one day soon to cut the ribbon to The Philadelphia Wax Museum and welcome the world to see some of the Great Philadelphian’s past and present, while inspiring more greatness from future generations to come!

    Thank you and God bless! We love and appreciate your support!

  2. Rob Avery January 17, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    This video shows the type of events we do for the youth of Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Wax Museum is a great cause and is going to be Philadelphia’s next great and coming attraction.

  3. Anonymous January 18, 2013 at 2:07 am #

    This is all really weird.

  4. DB January 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Wow, keep the good work Philly Wax Museum! It’s great you all are reaching out to the youth in the community, as that isn’t commonly seen. I’m headed to the FB page now to hit the “like” button!

  5. Anonymous January 18, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    I’m so confused–how does Chick-fil-a fit into this?

  6. phillylovesfun January 21, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    good story and comments, I’ve always been confused by this entity and followed them for a long time on fb. can’t wait to hear more.

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