Madame Tussaud’s House of Wax
We’ve put this guide together to inspire you to visit the intriguing Madame Tussaud’s Was Museum on your next trip to the Big Apple.
Anna Maria “Marie” Grosholtz was born in France in 1760 but was raised in Bern, Switzerland. Her mother was a housekeeper for Dr. Philippe Curtius, a physician skilled in wax modeling. Curtius taught Marie the art of wax modeling and she later became his apprentice.
Madame Tussaud with her wax sculptures.
Madame Tussaud’s wax museum has since become a major tourist attraction in London, with expanding branches in worldwide cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, New York, Hollywood, Orlando, Washington D.C., Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, and more.
Madame Tussauds: New York
There’s something enchanting about visiting a wax museum. I’m not a big “celebrity” guy, but hanging out with movie stars, television personalities, musicians, and pop culture icons – even in situ – is quite fun. The figures are carefully sculpted and painted to appear lifelike, even with real human hair that is continually washed and maintained. As the wax figures are true-to-life size, it’s interesting to see how tall or short certain celebrities are. Some of the wax characters are exact matches, providing an uncanny resemblance to their real life counterparts. Others unfortunately miss the mark; you know who they are supposed to be, but the likeness is just slightly off.
Opening Night Party
Madame Tussauds in New York is divided into multiple sections. The Opening Night Party features celebrities in formal wear, as if they were arriving for a major event.
Film highlights celebrities in their on-screen roles, complete with costumes, props, and sets.
Television showcases famous TV celebrities, both current and from the past.
The Gallery features influential world leaders, including a number of famous US presidents.
Spirit of New York
The Spirit of New York contains famous icons from around the city, as well as iconic moments that are associated with the spirit of the Big Apple.
Matthew Broderick and I like to hang out on Broadway. That’s how we roll.
Pop Culture showcases famous music and television icons, both past and present.
Marvel Super Heroes
A Marvel Super Heroes area features super heroes (mostly the Avengers) and has a 4D theater experience (included in the price of a ticket), which is good for a short 15-minute break to rest your feet.
Sports Zone includes famous athletes.
Music Zone highlights music talent.
Visiting Madame Tussauds
There are several locations throughout Madame Tussauds where photographers are stationed to take your photo with certain characters, which you can later view and purchase in the gift shop for a fee. A wax hand station gives you the opportunity to create wax versions of your hand(s). A cafe is located midway through the museum in case you get hungry.