30 Living Wax Museum Project Ideas

Wax Museum Project Ideas for Girls: Florence Nightingale

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Over the years, we have done several school projects with our two girls. This year, I was looking for living wax museum project ideas for my youngest daughter’s last project in elementary school.

Every year, the 5th graders put on a living wax museum of historical figures. Each student researches their chosen historical figure and creates a display about them.

The poster/display usually contains the historical figure’s name, photos, a timeline of their life, and some facts about them and their achievements.

On the day of the museum, the students dress up like their historical figures. As you walk around the room, you can step on any student’s ‘red button’ and they’ll give you a quick speech about their chosen historical figure.

Here are some wax museum project ideas for your 5th grader:

Wax Museum Project Ideas for Girls

Florence Nightingale

Lainey was Florence Nightingale for her 5th-grade wax museum. We put together the DIY costume in one evening using an apron, acrylic paint, and a black dress.

Wax Museum Project Ideas for Girls: Florence Nightingale

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Amelia Earhart

Lyvi was Amelia Earhart in her living wax museum. We ordered the hat from Amazon, but it was way too hot for a jacket, so she just wore a white collared shirt and black pants.

Wax Museum Project Ideas for Girls: Amelia Earhart

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Ruth Handler

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Cleopatra

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Helen Keller

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Rosa Parks

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Frida Kahlo

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Rosie the Riveter

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Jane Austen

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Clara Barton

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Sacajawea

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Betsy Ross

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Annie Oakley

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Sally Ride

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Anne Frank

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Wax Museum Project Ideas for Boys

Albert Einstein

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Leonardo Davinci

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George Washington

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Jackie Robinson

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Mark Twain

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Jim Henson

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Napoleon Bonaparte

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Daniel Boone

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Theodore Roosevelt

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Walt Disney

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King Tut

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Stan Lee

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Orville Wright

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James Madison

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Abraham Lincoln

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I hope these living wax museum ideas get you started on making this your child’s best school project yet! (You can find our turkey disguises and solar system school project ideas here!)

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