On a recent trip to New York City, one planned activity was at the request of my daughter, who had birthday right before our visit. We have walked pastMadame Tussauds many times when visiting New York City. She alwaysbegs to go in. This was a surprise for her birthday, and I knew that she would be thrilled. It was our first visit to a wax museum, and I was curious about how realistic the statues will be.
From their website:
Become a star at MADAME TUSSAUDS with over 85,000 square feet of interactive entertainment in the heart of Times Square. There are millions of things to see and do in New York City, but there is only one place where you can get up close with over 200 incredible wax figures of celebrities, historical icons, sports legends and more. From Marilyn Monroe to Barack Obama to Lady Gaga to Carmelo Anthony, there is a star for everyone! Don’t miss the thrilling Marvel Super Heroes 4D theater featuring Marvel’s legendary Super Heroes. Visit nycwax.com for more information.
First, I will say that I was pleasantly surprised by the ability to take photos with and touch the statues. I had thought that they would be behind glass or ropes or blocked off some other way. Instead, visitors are encouraged to get right up next to the celebs, put their arms around them, and pretend that they are hanging out with their favorite person-who-is-well-known-enough-to-be-made-into-a-wax-statue. Some of the statues were extremely realistic.
We liked how there were interactive exhibits, where the kids could play sports with famous athletes, play instruments with pop stars, and sign the Declaration of Independence. We got to take pictures with the First Family in the White House, and even with the potential first female president (insert liberal democrat reference here). I really liked the New York themed room, with famous New Yorkers, and a wonderful September 11th tribute.
Just yesterday we visited our second ever wax museum (Movieland in Niagara Falls, which was part of an activity pass we bought) & it gave us an even greater appreciation for Madame Tussauds in New York. The quality of the wax statues paled in comparison to Madame Tussauds, to the point where I wasn’t sure if one of the statues was giving us the finger or if someone broke some fingers off (even though the statues were behind ropes). Madame Tussauds’ statues seem to be the Cadillac of wax statues. We would not hesitate to visit again, and the kids are still talking about how much fun we had at Madame Tussauds!