Madame Tussaud’s Wax Attraction

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Attraction is legendary. With only a handful of locations internationally, even though Madame Tussaud’s is often thought of as a tourist destination it’s worth a visit for locals as well. Madame Tussaud’s is divided into several distinct sections, each with its own theme.

The first wax figure you will encounter is that of Madame Tussaud herself in the act of creating a wax figure. Visitors can watch a video in this section to learn more about Madame Tussaud and the history of the attraction. Next, visitors enter an exhibit of all 45 presidents. There are also sections dedicated to entertainment, including musicians and movie stars. The final section is dedicated to sports figures. There are also other historical figures from US history sprinkled throughout the attraction, such as the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, and Harriet Tubman.

Madame Tussaud’s is not a museum, but there is a lot to learn. Every wax figure is accompanied by an explanation of who the figure is and why they are significant. I learned a few new things along the way and my children learned a lot, particularly about presidents. The attraction is filled with interactive exhibits. Although visitors cannot touch any of the wax figures, visitors can sit next to Abe Lincoln in his box at Ford’s Theatre, join George Washington in his boat to crossing the Atlantic, sit behind the Oval Office desk, sit at a piano with Aretha Franklin, or join Ovechkin on the ice. All wax figures are built to scale in terms of height and weight. Some figures were surprising. For example, I thought The Rock was much taller.

A visit to Madame Tussaud’s is definitely a new and different experience, even for veterans of the DC attraction scene. It’s fun and educational, which is a great mix for families with kids of all ages.

Good to Know:

  • The closest metro is Metro Center. There is also metered parking and several parking garages nearby.
  • Tickets start at $14.00 when purchased online. There are several options for combo tickets.
  • Children under two are free.
  • Strollers are allowed in the attraction.
  • There is an opportunity in the attraction to dip your hand in wax of the colors of your choice and bring it home with you. This costs $12.00 at the attraction or can be purchased at a discount as part of combo ticket.


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