Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Washington, D.C., is an interactive attraction that brings historical figures and events to life through wax figures that visitors can touch, see, and hear. Madame Tussauds is a “must-see” attraction for families with a great location in the historic Woodies Building in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The world-renowned wax museum features an array of exhibits, interactive experiences, and wax figures.
Madame Tussauds is part of Merlin Entertainment, an international company that owns and operates 57 attractions, including LEGOLAND, Madame Tussauds, British Airways London Eye, SEA LIFE Aquarium, Dungeons, Gardaland, and Alton Towers. Madame Tussauds Wax Museums are located in London, Amsterdam, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Berlin, and Washington, D.C. Each location of Madame Tussauds offers unique figures that focus on the culture and history of the destination.
Washington, D.C. Exhibit Highlights
- Presidential Gallery: The U.S. Presidential Gallery houses wax figures of 44 U.S. presidents. The Washington, D.C. attraction is the only place in the world where people can see and interact with all 44 U.S. presidents. Visitors experience Washington, D.C.’s history from the Founding Fathers to modern-day politics. The gallery includes additional historical figures that were previously on display featuring them in chronological order along with the 44 Presidents. Such figures include Benjamin Franklin, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, J. Edgar Hoover, and Martin Luther King Jr., among others.
- Behind the Scenes at Madame Tussauds: Learn the trade secrets used in creating the wax figures through experiences like testing your hand-eye coordination in the “Feel Like a Sculptor” interactive test. Kids and adults will be fascinated when they compare their hands, feet, and eyes to those of lifelike wax figures of celebrities and world leaders.
- Glamour, Sports, and Media: Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C. is not just about politics and history. In the Glamour section, you can mingle with celebrities such as Will Smith, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Carrie Underwood. In the Sports section, you can interact with lifelike sports idols such as Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield, and Tiger Woods. In the Media section, check out Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Tyra Banks, and Larry King.
Getting to the Museum
Madame Tussauds is located at 1001 F Street, NW in the Penn Quarter neighborhood, just steps away from the Verizon Center and Chinatown. It is within a short walk from the National Mall and other popular D.C. attractions. The closest Metro stations are Metro Center and Gallery Place/Chinatown.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at a discount. Visit the website for hours, but call to confirm due to the museum periodically closing early for special events.