About Madame Tussauds New York
Madame Tussauds is a celebration of celebrity in all its waxen glory. Roomfuls of famous people – Oscar winners, sports champions, newsmakers, pop goddesses, historical figures – smile widely and willingly pose for photographs. Where else will you see Jimi, Janis and Jagger all together, or the Dalai Lama, the Pope and Gandhi stand side-by-side? It’s a trip through time and a surprisingly educational tour of American popular culture, with some amusement park-style extras thrown in for maximum fun. Most importantly, a visit to Madame Tussauds is all about the photo op; make sure the battery is charged and the memory card cleared.
An elevator whisks you to the top of the five-floor attraction, and guests enter into a grand space that looks like a fancy hotel lobby. This is the Opening Night Party, hosted by a resplendent RuPaul and attended by the kinds of A-list movie stars where single names suffice: Brad and Angelina, Denzel, Leo. The figures, dressed to the nines, are uncannily realistic (why yes, George Clooney is staring at you), even though in real life, everyone might look a few years older or heavier as Madame Tussauds truly captures a moment in time.
Winding through the halls, you’ll encounter music greats and titans of industry, television personalities and presidents; each figure has its own plaque in case you don’t recognize who it is right away. One column-lined room is called the Gallery of the Greats, filled with innovative thinkers, activists and political leaders. Walk a little farther ahead and the Spirit of New York exhibit showcases famous New Yorkers and commemorates important moments in the city’s history. The next section is a chronological tour through the last century, where Charlie Chaplin vamps alongside Babe Ruth, Elvis and Lucille Ball share a stage, and Andy Warhol, Diana Ross, Bob Marley, Bill Gates, Jon Bon Jovi and Biggie all represent their respective eras.
Walking through the attraction you’ll find Scream, a haunted-house walkthrough. Two floors down you’ll hit the Marvel Superhero 4D Film & Experience, a fully immersive animated movie that was made especially for Madame Tussauds. Don’t miss your photo opportunity with the Hulk – he’s right outside the 4D theater. He weighs over one ton, literally making him the biggest star of all.
Did you know?
The wax figures for all of the 14 Madame Tussauds attractions worldwide are cast and crafted in London, though the New York location has an onsite studio for touchups, costume changes and minor repairs. Some stars are so famous that Madame Tussauds includes them twice! Keep an eye out for double versions of Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna and Justin Timberlake.
Budding paparazzi and celebrity stalkers will love their time at Madame Tussauds, since in no other situation could you pose with Obama or Puff Daddy and snap as many shots as you like. Budget 90 minutes or more so you can really spend some time mugging for the camera with all your favorite stars.
Good for Kids?
Elementary school-age kids and older will love Madame Tussauds. Younger children might not be able to ID all the figures, but there’s both the pop-star factor and the educational bonus to keep them interested, and the Scream and Marvel 4D features ensure that things stay action-packed. Little ones age three and under are admitted free, but oversensitive toddlers might get a little freaked out – parents, it’s your call.
Madame Tussauds Location Information:
234 W 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036
N, Q, R, S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St./Times Sq.
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