MANSFIELD – An online report listing what it calls “The Worst Attractions in Each State” includes Mansfield’s BibleWalk wax museum as Ohio’s lone entry.
The Bible-themed museum at 500 Tingley Ave. is in good company: ThisVsThat.org also slams Florida’s Magic Kingdom at Disney World.
According to the website, Instagram user Matt Shirley polled 389,000 followers in 2020 to compose a list of “The Worst Attractions in Every State.”
“For our list of the worst attractions, we mostly pulled from this list but made our own inclusions based on our personal experiences,” the website states.
BibleWalk is mentioned after the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
“Yes there is another wax museum on this list. Why? Because they are creepy and weird. That’s why. And the BibleWalk and Living Bible Museum is super strange and exceedingly horrifying,” ThisvsThat said.
Bible museum features 100 life-sized dioramas
“At the BibleWalk and Living Bible Museum, you can see some exhibits dedicated to the most uncomfortable parts of the Bible, like when Abraham is going to burn his son alive and the death of Christ. You can also check out Job covered in hideous pus -filled skin sores.The museum features over 300 dummies and will set you back $33 if you want to see everything.”
BibleWalk is Ohio’s only life-sized wax museum and home to the state’s only Christian Dinner Theater, “Dinner with Grace.” BibleWalk features over 100 life-sized dioramas, with 325 wax figures accompanied by special effects and an audio text.
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Julie Mott-Hardin, director of BibleWalk, did not return a call or email seeking comment for this article.
Lee Tasseff, executive director of Destination Mansfield, declined to comment.
It’s not clear if ThisVsThat’s list was compiled before or after recent renovations and additions to BibleWalk, BibleWalk, which originally opened on a small scale in 1983.
The museum will be adding its ninth exhibit this year featuring Bibles from around the world. Also coming this year will be the reopening of BibleWalk’s Dinner Theater, “Dinner With Grace.”
Museum’s woodcarving attraction slates grand opening Aug. 15
The local tourist attraction has become the new home to the Museum of Woodcarving, billed as the largest collection of wood carvings in the world created by one man. A grand opening of the woodcarving exhibit is scheduled for Aug. 15.
ThisVsThat’s report includes an eclectic collection of tourist sites to avoid, including the severed and mummified arm of a 13th century saint on display in Mystic, Connecticut.
“There’s no better way to spend your time off than to gawk at a severed arm. In Mystic, Connecticut, you can do this oddly specific activity. The mummified arm belongs to Archbishop Edmond Rich, who died in 1240,” it said.
“By 1246, Edmund Rich was made a Saint and his body was put on display. Eventually cut off St. Edmund’s arm and it was recovered by the Society of the Fathers and Brothers of St. Edmund. Later on, in 1903, it was taken to England and then to America in 1952. By 2002, the arm ended up in Connecticut to be admired by millions of children and parents.”
Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum makes the list
Also making the list was Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum in Orrtanna, Pennsylvania, saying, “The Mister Ed you are probably thinking of was horse, of course, but Mister Ed Gotwalt is a mere man with a museum dedicated to elephants, or rather manufactured elephants Mister Ed has a collection of over 12,000 elephant figurines, toys and much more….”
(ThisVsThat does not mention that Mister Ed’s website describes it as not only an Elephant Museum but also a Candy Emporium, or that owner Ed Gotwalt passed away in February 2021 at age 84.)
Also making ThisVsThat’s list was the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, which it describes as “not the worst attraction on this list” but “at around $50 per head, it’s only going to be worth your money if you are a true-blue creationist .”
The Museum of Sex in New York was also singled out. “The name alone might have you intrigued, but make no mistake, this museum is very unstimulating in every way. It’s low on exhibits and many of them are… a little weird. To make matters worse, normal ticket prices are almost $60 per head.”
Disney’s Magic Kingdom park in Florida was put down as “a sad attempt to recapture the same magic” as the original Disneyland in California.
A Stonehenge-like attraction made of vintage cars
Alliance, Nebraska, also made the list: “Nebraskans all agree: Carhenge is the silliest attraction in the state. Built to resemble the mysterious Stonehenge in England, the version in Nebraska is made entirely of vintage cars that have been painted gray. There are 39 cars in total, including an ambulance.
“The tourist attraction was built in 1987 by Jim Reinders. He dedicated the memorial to his father. But as sweet as that is, it lacks the wonder of the real thing.”
BibleWalk hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, closed Sundays and Mondays, from June through October.
There are six individual tours with ticket prices for adults, seniors 62 and older, and students ages 11-18. Kids 10 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased for individual tours, or all six combined for $33 for adults, $31.50 for seniors 62 and older, $25 for students 11-18, and free to kids 10 and under.