Activities & Resources
Madame Tussauds551in New York, NY 10036
about Madame Tussauds:
On the seventh floor, "The Opening Night Party" features wax portraits of Woody Allen, Bette Midler, Nicolas Cage, Hugh Grant, Oprah Winfrey, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Donald Trump, among others. RuPaul sprouts from the fountain in the center of the room (note the waterproof plastic covers on his spike heels).
"The Gallery" contains a collection of American presidents and other world leaders - the newest is Barack Obama - as well as pioneers and scientists, all of whom have made significant contributions to society. The Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou, John F. Kennedy (not the best likeness, though Jackie's pretty good), Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr., Buffalo Bill, and Diana, Princess of Wales wax eloquent here.
"Popular Culture" includes portraits of iconic celebrities and trendsetters who helped shape each decade of the 20th century. These are represented in vignettes highlighted by the fashions, trends, news and fads of the era. Here you'll find Mikhail Barishnikov, Babe Ruth, Janis Joplin, Charlie Chaplin, The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Bill Gates and Neil Armstrong, among others.
Other kid-friendly attractions include Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus and her dressing room; Pirates of the Caribbean, featuring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow; an "American Idol" set; the Ultimate Subway Series featuring the Mets and the Yankees; and Superman Returns.
A cafe offers popcorn, soda, and candy and the gift shop offers some fun pop culture items and the tourist junk you might expect. Kids will undoubtedly enjoy the display of fake appendages (arms and legs) available for sale. You can also let the kids make wax models of their hands, for an additional $10 to $12.
Children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult (age 21 and over).