For hundred of years, people have been fascinated with people who are in the public eye. From movie and television stars to singers to royalty, we have a curiosity about them. For many people, meeting these celebrities will never happen, so we do the next best thing: go to Madame Tussauds.
On a recent trip, we had to stop into Madame Tussauds. This popular and iconic museum has been attracting visitors for more than 200 years and the interest is as strong now as it was the day it opened. We even got the chance to stand next to Tony Stark. The inside of the building is simple breathtaking and from the moment you hit the red carpet and see the Hollywood sign, YOU are the center of attention. You will meet Joan Rivers who will ask what you are wearing so she can report it on the next Fashion Police. Next you are invited to an A-list party with guests like Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Beyonce. From there you will walk past the velvet ropes to Old Hollywood, the Old West and if he is free, you can take a rest on the bench with Forrest Gump. You will see famous directors like Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese and the control room of the Starship Enterprise. We cannot forget the sports legends like Ali or historical figures and political movers and shakers. A favorite stop in the tour is the story of how the museum was started which is narrated by Beyonce.
Who is this girl anyways?
We were murdered.
and…we literally had a chance to dance with the stars.
I have no idea how we all fit in the basket, but E.T. was kind enough to make room. While the Madame Tussauds in Hollywood is one of the most popular places to visit in California, it got its start in another place in another time. The museum dates back as far as 1770 to Paris where a young Madame Tussaud learned the craft of making wax figures. At a young age, Tussaud became an art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister at the Palace Of Versailles. During the French Revolution, she was asked to make the death masks of fallen aristocrats. She traveled to Britain in the early 19th century where she was able to connect the common people with the latest people who were currently in the headlines. One of the most popular areas of the traveling show was the Chamber of Horrors which enabled people to put a face with the names they had been reading and hearing about. Finally in 1835, the exhibit found it’s permanent home in London at the famous Baker Street Bazaar. Almost 50 years later, Madame Tussauds moved to Marylebone Road where it still stands today. This is my very favorite picture of them all because it shows how limber we all are.
The Madame Tussauds in Hollywood is located at:
- 6933 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028
- (866) 841-3315
- By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours of Operation:
- Open at 10am DAILY
- 364 days a year (Closed on Oscars® day)
- March 25 to April 7:
- Monday to Sunday – 10am to 10pm
- Adults $26.95 (online $21.56)
- Child: $19.95 (online $15.56)
- Students: $21.95 (online $17.56)