on September 4, 2013
We went to visit Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas. Most of the characters are American some well-known and some not so well known to my family.You can find the Madame Tussauds experience at the Venetian hotel the entrance of which is near to the Rialto Bridge.Who was Madame Tussaud?She was born in Strasbourg France in 1761 and her mother was a housekeeper to Dr. Curtius in Berne Switzerland. He was a physician who was adept at creating wax models and taught her the art of wax modelling. Her first wax figure was made in 1777 when she was 16. When Dr. Curtius died she inherited all his wax models. She then went on to make death masks of people executed during the French revolution. She came to England and set up a small exhibition in Baker street bazaar eventually setting herself up a permanent exhibition in Baker Street, London in 1835. She had displayed many of her death masks of famous French people who were decapitated by guillotine and then went on to make models of notorious murderers and famous people the tradition which continues today.It takes between six months and a year to make a wax model and many of the clothes the models are wearing have actually been presented to the museum by the person being modelled. Branches have opened all over the world although the main museum is in London.Price of admission was fairly reasonable adult $25.95 and children $18.95 but there are usually discount vouchers in little booklets in your hotel you can use to get a few dollars off the entrance price. You can also get a 20% discount if you buy your tickets on line prior to going.You are greeted by a wax model of Whoopi Goldberg at the entrance as you go in. It is open from 10:00 to 21:30 or 10:30 Friday or Saturday night. It is open all year around.There are various models such as Pop stars including Madonna, Lady Gaga Elvis, Liberace, Film stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Sports stars include the one and only Mohammed Ali and Tiger Woods. I must admit to not knowing some of the others or what they did. Our very own Simon Cowell is featured as is Michael Jackson and Brittney Spears. World Icons include Neil Armstrong, JFK, Princess Diana, Benjamin Franklin, Martin Luther King, Marilyn Monroe and now of course Barack Obama. The speed ace Evel Knievel is also featured here next to one of his bikes which you can sit on and pose for a photo. In fact you can pose for photos with most of the wax work figures.Is it worth a visit?Yes it is I believe quite good fun especially when youngsters do not know who these people are you can spend a couple of hours explaining why they are so famous and what they did or do. Although I must confess to not knowing some of the waxwork figures I did actually know most of them.
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