If you want to see famous people in New York, then Madame Tussauds Museum in New York is your deal. Madame Tussauds is a wax museum with live-size wax figures of the most well-known past and contemporary American and international celebrities.
Madame Tussauds Museum History
Marie Grosholtz, was born in France in 1761. She learned to model wax, with Dr. Philippe Curtius in Paris. In 1765, the French Court asked her to make the Marie-Jeanne du Barry wax sculpture, a Louis XV lover. Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Benjamin Franklin… were another personalities was-modeled by Mme Tussauds. Her first exhibition was in 1770.
In 1975, she married François Tussauds, had 2 kids and decided to live in London to present her wax sculptures collection.
Few years later, she choose London as her home and opened the “Baker Street Bazar” museum in Baker Street. Her museum attracted curious, to discover among others, the Horror Room, presenting the victims of the French Revolution.
After Marie Tussauds passed away in 1850, at the age of 89, the museum moved to its actual address in London, in Marylebone Road.
In 1970 and Mme Tussauds opened Amsterdam, and now has locations in Las Vegas (1998), in New York (2000) and in Hong Kong (2000).
All the museums are called Madame Tussauds, in her memory.
Today the firm is owned by the Merlin Entertainment Group and locations all over the world:
-Europe: Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam, Blackpool.
-USA: NYC, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Hollywood and San Francisco.
-Asia: Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok and Shanghai.
What can you see at the Madame Tussauds museum in New York?
In its 9,500 sq. yd., you can see 200 life-size wax figures of American and international celebrities. Politicians, musicians, actors and actresses, TV celebrities, athletes… You can see Dalaï Lama, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Marilyn Monroe, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Di, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Michael Jordan, Charlie Chaplin, The Beatles, Daniel Craig, Justin Bieber, and President Obama and his wife Michelle.
How much do the tickets cost for the Museum?
The basic visit costs:
– Adults (13+ years): $29.95
– Child (3 – 12 years): $25.95
Minors under 3: Free
Sundays to Thursdays: 10 am to 8pm.
Fridays and Saturdays: 10 am to 10pm
It opens 365 days a year!
How long does it take to visit the Madame Tussauds Museum?
It will take you about an hour, but if you want to visit it at a slower pace, it can take you around 2 hours.
Where is the Museum?
The museum is near Times Square.
Address: 234 West, 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Madame Tussauds Museum is not THE museum you must visit when in New York City, but it’s always fun! On a rainy or cold day, it could be a good alternative instead of staying in your room.
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