HEK293 cells are one of the most widely used cell lines in research and HEK293 cells are frequently used as an in vitro model for studying the WNT signaling pathway. The HEK293 cell line was originally established by transfection of human embryonic kidney cells with sheared adenovirus 5 DNA and it is known that that HEK293 cells stably express the adenoviral E1A and E1B-55k proteins. Here we show that HEK293 cells display an unexpected distribution of key components of the WNT/β-catenin signaling pathway where AXIN1, APC, DVL2 and tankyrase are all co-localized in large spherical cytoplasmic aggregates. The cytoplasmic aggregates are enclosed by a narrow layer of the adenoviral E1B-55k protein. Reduction of E1B-55k protein levels leads to disappearance of the cytoplasmic aggregates thus corroborating an essential role of the E1B-55k protein in mediating the formation of the aggregates. Furthermore, HEK293 cells with reduced E1B-55k protein levels display reduced levels of transcriptional activation of WNT/β-catenin signaling upon stimulation by the Wnt3A agonist. The demonstrated influence of the E1B-55k protein on the cellular localization of WNT/β-catenin signaling components and on transcriptional regulation of WNT/β-catenin signaling asks for caution in the interpretation of data derived from the HEK293 cell line.