- $16 for admission for one ($26 value)
Madame Tussauds San Francisco
No matter how many times his fans request it, Elton John is not going to play "Tiny Dancer." Not this Elton, at least. Thanks to Madame Tussauds San Francisco, the singer-songwriter remains frozen in a perpetual state of warm-up, which grants visitors a rather unique opportunity: a chance to step up to his piano and snap a photo.
At Madame Tussauds' brand-new San Francisco location, there are no ropes. No barriers. No wax bodyguards. Visitors get up close and personal with famous musicians and Hollywood A-listers from past and present, finally making it possible to cast George Clooney and Marilyn Monroe in the same silent, motionless film. Historical figures from the Dalai Lama to President Barack Obama also make appearances, as do some of the biggest names in sports.
Madame Tussauds features local icons including Steve Jobs, Harvey Milk, and Jerry Garcia inside the San Francisco section, which visitors enter beneath a re-creation of the Golden Gate Bridge. The attraction is itself a piece of history, as shown in a behind-the-scenes video that profiles the process for creating new wax figures and the history of Madame Tussaud herself, who began practicing her art in 1770s Paris.
An expert pulls back the velvet curtain on the world of wax figures, from celebrity encounters to lipstick smudges on Justin Bieber.