This picture was taken in 1985.

Edinburgh Wax Museum - Remembering one of the Capital's biggest tourist attractions

At one time amongst the city's most popular tourist attraction, the Edinburgh Waxwork Museum welcomed 230,000 visitors a year at its peak.

The original Edinburgh Waxwork Museum opened its doors in 1976, and at the time was the only attraction of its kind in Scotland. It boasted realistic models of historical figures such as William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots and Robert Burns, fictional characters such as Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel, and a gruesome chamber of horrors. Within a few years it was attracting more than 230,000 visitors a year, putting it up with Edinburgh Castle as one of Scotland's top tourist attractions. Over the years it acquired figures including Prince Charles and Princess Diana, ET and even Mr Spock. It was still extremely popular when it closed in March, 1989, after the owners decided to cash in on their investment by selling the area for offices. The waxwork models were bought by a property firm who donated some to the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre.

Preparations were put in place before the museum opened in 1976.

1. Lord Darnley is helped through the door.

Preparations were put in place before the museum opened in 1976.
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The waxworks were on temporary loan to a London tourism trade fair.

2. Security officer Jim McLaughlin carries a model of poet Robert Burns from the museum.

The waxworks were on temporary loan to a London tourism trade fair.
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The staff had lots of fun.

3. An assistant at the Edinburgh Wax Museum 'stakes' Dracula

The staff had lots of fun.
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It was still popular when it closed down in 1989.

4. The museum was housed in the former Commercial Bank in New Assembly Close.

It was still popular when it closed down in 1989.
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