Madame Tussauds New York

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Madame Tussuads

When Madame Tussaud first started creating wax figures in Europe in the late 18th century, she immortalized figures from the bloody French Revolution, and later, in her first museum space on Baker Street, London she presented persons involved in sensational crimes. Now, over a 150 years after her death, Tussaud’s legacy lives on with museums in several major cities around the world. Yet, few can compare in either size or popularity with the five-story Times Square, New York edition. A favorite among tourists and young, culture-obsessed visitors, it is best to avoid school holidays when checking out the 200-plus wax figures, which include various movie stars, singers, athletes and politicians. Each model is painstakingly made by teams of artists through the use of precise measurements, photographs, casts and oil paints and costs a staggering $300,000 to create. The result is so uncanny that the picture you take next to President Obama or Jennifer Aniston might just look real enough to trick your friends on social media–which might alone be worth the $28.40 ($25.75 online) adult admission price. Folks hoping to take a memento home with them should splurge for the tickets that include your very own wax hand sculpture–you certainly can’t get something like that at every tourist attraction.

Venue name: Madame Tussauds New York
Address: 234 W 42nd St
New York

Cross street: between Seventh and Eighth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 10am–8pm; Fri, Sat 10am–10pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority; N, Q, R, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq
Price: $28.40–$35.50, seniors and students $26–$32.50, children 4–12 $22–$28.50, children under 4 free
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Evelyn D

This place is basically the most fun you'll have in Times Square. There's also a mini haunted house inside. And yes, most of the sculptures are crazy realistic. You're allowed to pose with and touch with any of the sculptures. Where else will you be able to pose with the Spice Girls or Harrison Ford? Yeah, it's pricey but they often offer discounts and coupons. I had a blast when I went here!