Not surprisingly, you’ll find the Washington, D.C., outpost of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum heavy on political figures. Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry are all represented, along with a healthy mix of musicians and sports stars, from Madonna to Tiger Woods. The museum also includes a wax likeness of Michelle Obama, looking every bit the first lady in a red dress and pearls. She stands next to her husband in front of a White House mural — perfectly positioned for a presidential photo op.
Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C., is one of nine museums worldwide that offer visitors the chance to get up close and personal with wax figures of the famous and infamous. French sculptor Marie Tussaud created her first wax model, a depiction of Voltaire, in 1777, and later opened a museum in London that included a popular “Chamber of Horrors,” depicting victims of the French Revolution. Today, one of the chain’s most controversial figures is the likeness of Adolf Hitler featured at the Berlin museum; the statue has been repeatedly vandalized.
Wax figures of Diana, Princess of Wales—a perennial favorite—can be seen at the London, Las Vegas, New York, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, and Washington, D.C. outposts.
If you’re looking for a lunch spot, the Hard Rock Café and ESPN Zone restaurants are located nearby. For a more upscale option, head south to Pennsylvania Avenue, where outdoor seating abounds at restaurants like Ten Penh and Les Halles.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Hours: Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Open every day of the year.
Admission: $20 for adults (ages 12-59); $15 for children (ages 3-12); $18 for seniors (age 60+).
Parking: Zoned parking is available on nearby streets, but is extremely limited on weekdays. There are a number of commercial lots in the neighborhood.
Metrorail: Orange and Blue Line stops for Metro Center, Red Line stop for Gallery Place-Chinatown
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