If you’re looking for fun things to do in New York City with the kids or grandkids over Labor Day Weekend before they go back to school, make sure you visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Not only will mom and dad or grandmom and granddad wax nostalgic over retro historical persona and celebrities, tweens and teens will be able to have their photos taken with their favorite American idol, including Justin Bieber!
When I was a teenager in 1969 I had visited the original Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London, England. Of course, the figures on display in London were quite different from the ones I saw in New York City this past summer.
What I found astonishing, was how realistic the figures appeared, even viewed up close! You could stare into their eyes, and really think they were real! That’s how far and developed technology has come from the 1960’s!
On display are political leaders; historical figures; pop stars; cultural figures; TV stars; sports stars and world leaders.
Even if you can’t get to NYC, there are many other opportunities to visit the Madam Tussauds Museum with your family, as there are locations in Amsterdam, Bankok, Berlin, Blackpool; Hollywood, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, Shanghai, Washington, DC and Wien.
Madame Tussauds In New York
It was exciting to have the opportunity to visit and review the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum. On a hot summer day, it was refreshing to spend several hours in a “cool” museum. Our visit started with an elevator to the top floor of the museum, opening into a Hollywood Red Carpet atmosphere!
Several of my favorite wax displays were:
I never realized that Di was so tall!
Judy had such a tiny waist!
Janis’ music is unforgettable! Such a tragedy she died so young at the age of 27. I was mesmerized looking at this figure up close, as it was so detailed – Janis looked so old, way beyond her 27 years, because of the hard life that she lived.
MADAME TUSSAUDS WAX FIGURES FACTS
Things You Didn’t Know
- Each strand of hair is inserted individually, taking approximately five weeks to complete each head.
- Two maintenance teams inspect and primp each figure daily before the attraction opens.
- To add authenticity to the figures at Madame Tussauds New York, many artifacts have been donated from the celebrity or purchased from auctions. Joan Rivers & Ivana Trump even donated their personal nail polish.
- All figures have their hair washed and make-up retouched regularly.
- From the first private sitting with a celebrity to completion, it takes approximately four months to create a figure.
- More than 250 precise measurements and photographs of a subject are taken to accurately create a wax figure. If the subject is unavailable for these measurements and photographs, Madame Tussauds studio artists study hundreds of photos and watch hours of video to create the figure.
- All celebrities’ vital statistics are kept confidential – despite repeated requests from the public and media.
- Because wax shrinks, wax figures are made two percent larger than the real life subjects they portray.
- Red silk thread is used to create the veins on each eyeball.
- Knotted rope is used to create the look of veins on the bodies.
- Each figure costs approximately $125,000 to make.
- More than 500 million people worldwide have visited a Madame Tussauds – that’s more than the population of North America and Australia combined.
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