Madame Tussauds Wax Attrction in Washington, DC
I have always been curious about the world-famous Madame Tussauds, but had thought it was a bit too touristy to visit. On a cold day off school I found myself wanting to try something new, so I packed up the kids and headed to see the wax figures “live” and in person. I am so glad I decided to check it out since it was very fun, and the kids managed to learn a thing or two.
Madame Tussauds is roughly divided into categories of famous people, including presidents and (some) first ladies; media and movie stars; music stars from all eras; cultural icons; and sports figures. Not only are the figures in the museum incredibly life-like but they are also very “approachable.” The museum is set-up to provide many, many photo ops and visitors are encouraged to get up-close-and-personal to get the shot, although as expected there is no touching of the figures allowed. For example, George Washington is placed behind a boat that kids can sit in and Al Roker is posed with his mic outstretched for an interview.
My kids loved posing with famous people, past and present, and dancing with rock stars in the music room. There is also a popular photo op stop where visitors can pose for professional photos in a mock Oval Office, with the current President, or with Secret Service officers. Photos can be picked up at the end and it is also permissible to take photos with your phone.
One thing my kids loved was dressing up at various stops. Visitors have the option of getting decked out in red, white, and blue with Uncle Sam, dressing up like an alien to pose with astronauts on the moon, and getting glammed up to post with Jackie O. Hamilton fans will rejoice to see the Hamilton Quiz that the man himself Madame Tussauds also has two newer additions that are fun. The first is an augmented reality experience. AR glasses are included with admission and, if you choose to wear them, you will see thewax figures come to life and get some history lessons in. This is a fun, completely optional addition. I really enjoyed wearing the glasses, but my kids found them a bit heavy about 1/3 of the way through the museum and we took them off. Even if you only use the glasses for a short time we recommend giving them a try.
The other new addition is the VR Roller Coaster. Rides are an extra charge but my four kids, aged 5 through 12, all loved the experience. Riders can choose from a variety of immersive experiences ranging from very mild dinosaur and undersea adventures to more adventurous scary and extreme coasters. We highly recommend rides as part of a visit to Madame Tussauds but it is possible to try the VR Coaster without visiting the wax figures. We spent about two hours at Madame Tussauds and I left wishing I had checked it out sooner. While Madame Tussauds is certainly more kitschy than most DC attractions it’s definitely worth a visit for a little bit of fun.
Don’t delay going to “meet” some of your favorite celebrities or introduce your kids to some important historical figures!
Good to Know:
- There are various ticket options starting at $21.60. Combo tickets and packages are also available. You can check out all of the options here. Various discounts are available, including a current promotion for 20% off if you sign up for their email list.
- The closest metro stops are Metro Center and Gallery Place Chinatown. There is limited, metered street parking around the museum as well. There are also several parking lots around the museum. Madame Tussauds is walking-distance from the National Mall so it’s easy to combine a visit with a trip to another museum or to see the monuments.
- The museum is stroller-friendly. Just ask to use the elevator to go down.
- The museum is open from 10am – 4pm Monday – Thursday and 10am – 5pm Friday – Sunday
- Tickets are available for purchase on the museum’s website: https://www.madametussauds.com/washington-dc