A wax museum is a superb place to confront your greatest celebrity enemies without enduring the threat of being reverse-paparazzi'd or recruited to Scientology. With today's Groupon, $9 gets you a ticket to Madame Tussauds, the world-renowned interactive wax-figure museum (up to a $20 value). As an added bonus, Groupon guests visiting before October 31 can purchase a wax mold of their own hand for $7.53 (60% off retail), which is made onsite in about five–seven minutes.
For more than 200 years, Madame Tussaud and her museums have delighted the masses with impressively detailed and meticulously maintained wax renditions of celebrities, musicians, political figures, and sports stars. She began crafting wax facsimiles at the tender age of 17 while working as a housekeeper for a skilled wax sculptor. During the French Revolution, Tussaud furthered her craft by searching through gaggles of corpses for the freshest decapitated heads, which she used to make beautifully detailed death masks. When her sculptor-employer died, Madame Tussaud inherited his vast collection of wax figures and eventually opened a museum. Today, the Madame Tussauds wax-figure experience is fully interactive—you can hug them, high-five them, and comb their hair—so bring a 20-megapixel digital camera and make a poster of yourself dancing with the recently debuted Rihanna or challenging Johnny Depp to a staring contest.
Being in the company of famous people is an agreeable experience as long as they can't talk back to you. The experience is even more thrilling with famous politicians. Lucky for you, the DC museum (located at 1001 F Street NW) has a number of politicos, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, George Washington, Marion Barry, and the Obamas. And if you're thinking about making it a family outing, there are plenty of kid-oriented figures, including Selena Gomez, star of Disney's series Wizards of Waverly Place, and tennis superstar Serena Williams.
Frommer's recommends the Madame Tussauds location in Washington, DC. While some commented on the price of normal admission, many found resolve in the ensuing photographic memories. Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average, and TripAdvisors give it three stars:
- Seven other Madame Tussauds exist, only two others are located in the U.S., and only one allows you the pleasure of sizing up George Washington, mingling with Beyoncé, helping Tiger Woods line up his putt, or discussing the state of the world up close and personal with Pres. Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. – Frommer's
- I shared a laugh with Reagan, and got hit on by Will Smith…I even got a personal phone call in the oval office. It was not over crowded and it was so much fun...Go wild. Get creative. – Troy M., Yelp
Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.
Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. escorts guests on an interactive journey through American history. Only here, the past isn't manifested through movies, but through wax. Inside, The President's Gallery brings visitors face-to-face with all 44 US presidents, from Harry Truman to Abe Lincoln and his signature spinning bowtie. Cultural leaders, such as Martin Luther King Jr., stand tall nearby, and rock stars such as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan compose silent jam sessions in the Music Room. Hollywood stars, sports heroes, and nonpresidential political figures round out the collection, which can be visited 365 days a year.