Friday, May 28, 2010

Madame Tussauds D.C to Offer Free Admission to Veterans


Visitors Encouraged to Show their Patriotic Colors with 25 Percent Discount for Anyone Wearing Red, White & Blue

In celebration of the brave men and women in the U.S. armed forces, past and present, Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. is offering free admission to all veterans and members of the U.S. military (valid veteran/military ID required) over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, from Friday, May 28 through Monday, May 31 at Madame Tussauds D.C., 1001 F Street, NW (at corner of F and 10th Streets).

Additionally, Madame Tussauds D.C. is encouraging visitors to let their patriotism shine through by offering a 25 percent admission discount to anyone wearing red, white and blue. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet and interact with wax figures of some of the nation’s most well-known historical icons, many of whom served in the military, including: George Washington, Robert E. Lee, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

From presidents and first ladies to political icons and civil rights leaders to pop stars and sports heroes, Madame Tussauds D.C.—the premier wax attraction—offers guests the chance to get up close and personal, take their picture with, hug and even kiss wax likenesses of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, actress, singer and teen sensation Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers, Tyra Banks, Penelope Cruz and many more.

Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. is a fully interactive, full-sensory experience, where visitors are able to touch, see and hear major historical events and celebrities in a way unlike any other Washington D.C. attraction. Recent additions to the attraction include actress, singer and teen sensation Selena Gomez; nine U.S. presidents which will be included in the under-construction U.S. Presidents Gallery opening in February 2011; music megastars and teen sensation, the Jonas Brothers; superstars Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Penelope Cruz and Tyra Banks; as well as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The attraction is located within walking distance of the National Mall and the White House. The entrance is on the corner of F and 10th Streets, NW. The attraction is metro-accessible by the Red, Blue, and Orange lines at Metro Center or the Yellow, Green, and Red lines at Gallery Place/Chinatown. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday through Friday; and 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, visit or call 202-942-7300 or 888-WAX-IN-DC.

WHAT: Madame Tussauds’ Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Celebration

WHEN: Friday, May 28 – Monday, May 31

WHERE: Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.

1001 F Street, NW (corner of 10th Street)

Washington D.C.

PRICE: Free Admission for U.S. Veterans and Members of the Military (Valid ID Required)

25% Discount for Anyone Wearing Red, White & Blue


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Hollywood Wax Museum Gatlinburg- Bob Hope

This shot of Bob Hope (1903-2003) comes from the Hollywood Wax Museum in Gatlinburg Tennessee. Nearly all of the scenes in the museum allow guests to be a part of the scene and take photos along with the celebrity wax figure. This is common for Madame Tussaud's wax museums, but is relatively new for the Hollywood Wax Museum chain. In this tableaux guests can take pictures on a putting green with the comedy legend.

A full view of the scene with figure. Most sets have these backdrops that add some depth to the set.

A close up of the figure. Hope was an avid golfer.

Most scenes have these "Star Scoop" information plaques that give details about the stars.

Visit the Hollywood Wax Museum Gatlinburg's website here.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Stars Hall of Fame Wax Museum- Time Tunnel of the Stars

I recently received an email asking if I had any exterior or interior pictures from the Stars Hall of Fame Wax Museum in Orlando Florida, and this photo has always been a favorite. Just like Movieland Wax Museum, the Stars Hall of Fame honored the contributions that many of the pioneers in film have made. This tunnel highlights many of those same stars. Notice beyond the exit the Bijou Theatre. This is where the Laurel and Hardy exhibit was.


Saturday, May 08, 2010

News- Music Valley Wax Museum Destroyed By Flood

A recent article by the Nashville Business Journal confirmed what I had been fearing. The Music Valley Wax Museum of the Stars was destroyed by the recent flooding in Nashville. The museum housed over 75 wax figures, and countless country music artifacts. I was extremely fortunate to have visited the museum just weeks before the flood, and I can personally say that it was a great experience. The good news is that the owner, Buddy Messer does indeed plan to salvage what he can and reopen in a new location. Most of the figure's heads were saved, but the one of a kind outfits they were wearing suffered heavy damage.

This is what the museum looked like in early April 2010. Just a few weeks before the flooding. The museum has a walk of fame with country singer's hand prints, similar to the Grauman's Chinese Theater.

The earliest dates I saw in the cement were from 1982. Many of them were far more recent.

The other side of the walkway. These two sections were filled up, so newer slabs were installed near the sidewalk.

The museum has this great sign. It is very tall, so there's little doubt that it stayed above water.

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