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Wax museum pulls back the curtain ahead of Boston opening

A laborer stapled carpeting next to wax figures of pop singers Katie Perry and Amy Winehouse at the Dreamland Wax Museum in Boston.

Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

A laborer stapled carpeting next to wax figures of pop singers Katie Perry and Amy Winehouse at the Dreamland Wax Museum in Boston.

Michael Jackson will be there. And so will Oprah Winfrey.

Same goes for President Donald J. Trump, Bruins star Ray Bourque, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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Well, kind of.

Beginning next month, visitors and residents will get the chance to rub elbows with the Hollywood elite and some of the most notable names from throughout History when a new wax museum — packed with more than 100 life-like wax figures — opens its doors next to City Hall Plaza.

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“It’s going to be very interactive,” said Michael Pelletz, vice president of sales for Dreamland Wax Museum, which is slated to usher in the public at the end of July. “It’s just going to be a fun atmosphere.”

On Monday, Pelletz took the Globe on a brief tour of the new space on Washington Street, which for now is under construction save for a few figures positioned in the front lobby.

At the start of the tour, visitors will pass through a hallway that looks like Boston Common, complete with a bench. From there, they will go down a set of stairs, and enter a winding hallway featuring every single U.S. president, including Trump, who will be standing in a scaled-down replica of the Oval Office.

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Once visitors pass through the presidential section of the museum, they will enter an area full of wax world leaders, such as Mahatma Ghandi and Mother Teresa. From there, the tour of the museum will whisk people into a room with entertainers, before it shifts to a place for sports figures and then famous faces from the technology industry.

“Every room will have a theme,” Pelletz said.

The tour ends with the “finale,” which looks like a grand ballroom. It’s there that visitors will get to see the likes of Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, and many others.

Pelletz said while the tourist attraction will be full of celebrity look alikes, the museum is putting a major focus on education. And as they begin to rotate in new wax figures, they plan to add a host of familiar faces from the city’s rich history.

Dreamland Wax Museum’s parent company, Dreams Entertainment Group, operates dozens of similar museums in parts of Latin America and Mexico, Pelletz said.

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A wax figure of Queen Elizabeth II.

The wax figures, he said, are crafted by individual artists, and take between four to six months to create. They can cost up to $80,000 each.

“There’s such a magic,” said Pelletz about the details in each of the sculptures. “And each wax figure is a work of art. So just like paintings, no two look alike.”

As the company continues to build out its two-floor space, people passing by this month can peer into the lobby from outside.

Angel Morales and his fiancée, Elizabet Solano, stood close to the windows Monday to get a peek at wax figures of Amy Winehouse, Elvis Presley, and Nicole Kidman, as construction crews worked away.

The couple said they look forward to checking out the museum, to see how life-like the figures really are.

“I like it,” said Morales, as he stepped away from the window, not creeped-out at all. “Yes I will [go]. One-hundred percent.”

As the summer sun beat down on the plaza Monday afternoon, Matthew Gendron and Micha O’Leary Kurtz, who work at nearby Morgan Stanley, stepped up to the window to consider the figures and their far-off gaze.

“They look pretty realistic,” said Gendron, after squinting his eyes to look inside. “It will be interesting to come out of work and have Nicole Kidman staring at me.”

Wax statues of Katie Perry (left), Nicole Kidman (center), and Elvis Presley.

Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

Wax statues of Katie Perry (left), Nicole Kidman (center), and Elvis Presley.

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.
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