Not only is Ohio’s life-size wax exhibit titled BibleWalk museum unique, but in 70 of the religious scenes, you may catch a few Hollywood stars and other famous people. Look real hard. Can you spot John Travolta? Who would have thought that in the scenes which tell the most important stories in Christianity you’d see Elizabeth Taylor, Prince Philip, Tom Cruise, and Steve McQueen?
Tom Cruise as Jesus
All of the figures were purposely made to represent the stars they look like
They went on display at several museums including Madame Tussauds
But later discarded before they were acquired by BibleWalk for cheap
The members of the nondenominational Diamond Hill Cathedral built the museum, sewed new costumes for the figures, created the backgrounds, made the props and hired a hairdresser from Columbus to fix their hair.
The repurposed figures were then placed in various Biblical scenes, and with some strategic lighting, they hoped nobody would be able to tell that these were actually recycled celebrity wax figures.
People definitely noticed despite the museum’s efforts of keeping it a secret
Julia Mott-Hardin, who has worked with the museum since its founding, said, “I’ve had calls from people who wanted to take the tour, but only if I accompanied them pointing out the celebrities. I refused. The museum is about glorifying God and his works. That’s what we want to achieve. I just don’t want to take any of the glory away from God. That’s the most important aspect of BibleWalk, God’s glory.”
Inspiration came to Pastor Richard Diamond after he and his wife visited a historical wax museum with figures of presidents, generals and war heroes. The last scene was the Ascension of Jesus Christ and this moved the Pastor and his wife to create a museum that would glorify God’s work.
30,000-40,000 people from around the world visit the museum each year
Some come for the Holy Bible and some come to check out the celebrities
Some of the figures include Clark Gable, Steve McQueen, George Harrison of The Beatles, Marlon Brando and Burt Lancaster
Steve McQueen (bystander in the back)
The Beatles’ George Harrison, and legendary actors Marlon Brando and Burt Lancaster are also here