Children and celebrity fans will enjoy the surprisingly realistic wax figures at Madame Tussauds New York in Times Square. 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 lifelike wax figures and Madame Tussauds New York has been entertaining guests since 2000.
Guests are 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. In the past, these have included music mixing with Usher and 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.
Tips for Visiting Madame Tussauds New York
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 frequently 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.
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.
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Madame Tussauds Tickets
If you purchase tickets in advance online you'll save about $5 off the box office prices.
Sometimes there are discounted tickets available online for locals (New York/New Jersey/Connecticut residents with proof of address). Discounts vary by date but can be up to 25 percent off the usual price, so be sure to check the website for any deals or coupons. Admission is included with the New York Pass.
Madame Tussauds New York Details
- Address: 234 West 42nd Street (7th & 8th Avenues)
- Phone: 866-841-3505
- Subways: A/C/E, 7, S, 1/2/3 to Times Square/42nd Street
- Hours: Opening hours change seasonally ranging from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on holidays to 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Be sure to check the website for opening hours before you go.