Children and celebrity fans will enjoy the surprisingly realistic wax figures at Madame Tussauds New York. From Tony Bennett and Shakira to Benjamin Franklin and Marie Antoinette, Madame Tussauds offers visitors a chance to "meet" historical figures, as well as today's hottest stars. For over 200 years, Madame Tussauds has been creating life-like wax figures and Madame Tussauds New York has been entertaining guests since 2000.
From the first moments of entering the Opening Night Gallery, I was surprised by how life-like the wax figures were. Out of the corner of my eye, I would catch someone "watching" me, only to discover it was another wax figure with it's eyes directed at some far-off target. Visitors posed with the various figures, whether they wanted their photo shot with Madonna or wanted to try to make Jennifer Lopez blush by whispering in her ear, guests were encouraged to interact and even embrace the figures -- quite unlike most museum's "please do not touch" policies.
In fact, the museum encourages interaction, despite the expense and effort required to maintain the attractions -- including washing the hair(yes, they have real human hair!) and clothes of the figures.
In addition to circulating among the rich and famous in the various galleries, Madame Tussauds offers a number of interactive exhibits, from music mixing with Usher to having a makeover and walking down the red carpet with Jennifer Aniston. These are great fun for older children, as well as adults, and successfully separate Madame Tussauds from most stuffy museum experiences.
This is a great attraction for families, as well as celebrity-junkies. It's a great choice if you're looking for a rainy-day activity, want to escape the heat or cold, or are looking for a night-time attraction to check out -- since they're open until 10 p.m. it can be a good post-dinner choice for the whole family.
Madame Tussauds tends to be the least crowded on Mondays and Tuesdays in the morning/early afternoon, and is predictably the busiest on weekends (though mid-week school groups are a big portion of their visitors). Despite the line winding out front, the wait to buy a ticket and enter the museum tends to be less than 10 minutes, even when it's quite busy.
Interactive Experiences at Madame Tussauds New York:
Guests are encouraged to touch, pose with and even talk to the various celebrities and historical figures throughout Madame Tussauds. Some of the interactive experiences for guests include:
- have a makeover and walk the red carpet with Jennifer Aniston
- make music with Usher
- whisper in Jennifer Lopez's ear and make her blush
- sing alongside American Idol stars
Additional Experiences at Madame Tussauds New York:
- Marvel 4D Cinema: Experience a 4D movie featuring many of the Marvel superheros. ($35 in advance ($39 on site), including museum admission)
- Ghostbusters Experience: This immersive experience comes at an additional cost, but guests can walk through multiple scenes from the new film, dress as ghostbusters and take part in a hyper-reality experience. ($55 in advance ($59 on site), including museum admission and Marvel 4D Cinema)
How Long Should I Plan To Visit Madame Tussauds?
In order to avoid feeling rushed and enjoy the interactive activities at Madame Tussauds New York, visitors should allow 1.5-2 hours for their visit.
Madame Tussauds New York Admission Price:
- Online Advance Tickets: $29 Adults & Children 4-12 years, Children 2 and under free
- Box Office Tickets: $29 Adults & Children 4-12 years, Children 2 and under free
- There are discounted tickets available online for locals (New York/New Jersey residents with proof of address). Discounts vary by date, but can be up to 25% off the usual price. There are also discounts for advance tickets for visitors arriving at 6 p.m. or later -- these are roughly 35% off the usual price.
- There are occasionally coupons available on Madame Tussauds New York Website, and admission is included with the New York Pass
- Buy tickets online through Viator
Madame Tussauds New York Details:
Address: 234 West 42nd Street (7th & 8th Avenues)
Subways: A/C/E, 7, S, 1/2/3 to Times Square/42nd Street
Hours: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily; last ticket sold at 10 p.m.
Official Website: http://www.nycwax.com