Mingle With the Stars at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Lisa Fritscher September 18, 2011 No Comments

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Madame Tussauds Las Vegas Rat Pack

Dad loved hanging out with the Rat Pack

Dad and I just love wax museums. There’s something creepy about the silent, motionless figures, especially if you’ve ever seen the old Vincent Price film, House of Wax. Of course, some roadside wax museums are especially scary, with run-down figures that look more like horror film stars than the politicians or A-listers that they’re meant to represent.

But Madame Tussauds changes all that. A high-budget corporation with a reputation for excellence, Madame Tussauds specializes in interactive scenes, where you can pose for photos with exquisite replicas of your favorite stars. Never having been to a Madame Tussauds, but extremely familiar with their reputation, Dad and I were eager to check out the Las Vegas location.

About Madam Tussauds

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas Lobby

Despite the crowds in the lobby, the flow-through was great!

Born in France, Marie Tussaud learned the process of wax modeling from physician Philippe Curtius, for whom her mother worked as a housekeeper. Madame Tussaud created her first wax figure, of Voltaire, in 1777. She opened her wax museum, the original Madame Tussauds, in London in 1835. The museum developed a reputation for quality and gradually expanded worldwide. Today there are 17 locations around the globe.

The Las Vegas branch is located at the famed Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino. Known for its Italian elegance, the Venetian also features indoor and outdoor gondola rides, complete with singing gondoliers. The high-visibility museum, located at the moving walkways from the Strip to the hotel, is often crowded, but an excellently designed layout prevents bottlenecks and keeps the crowd flowing.

As of 2011, admission to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is $25 for adults. Students aged 13-18 with a school ID, Nevada residents and seniors aged 60 and over pay $18. Children aged 7-12 pay $15, and those under age 7 are free. Discounted adult tickets are available on the official website. Coupons are abundant, so look through the free coupon books available at any hotel concierge desk. Madame Tussauds is open 10 to 9:30 Sunday through Thursday, with the last ticket sold at 9:00. Friday and Saturday, the museum is open 10 to 10:30, with the last ticket sold at 10 pm.

Our Experience

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas A-list Party

Here's your chance to crash an A-list party

We arrived in mid-afternoon to find a huge crowd in the entrance lobby. An official-looking gentleman was handing out coupons good for a few dollars off per person. We already had tickets, so we proceeded to the main check-in counter and then onto the escalator to the first exhibit floor.

Stepping off the escalator, it was as if we had just crashed an elegant Hollywood party. We hardly knew where to look first as wax recreations of various A-list stars blended in with the crowd. Some sat on couches or at tables, while others stood alone in different parts of the room.

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas Criss Angel

Levitating above the Luxor with Criss Angel

Throughout the museum, from the gallery of sports heroes to the musicians’ hall of fame, there were props and sets designed to create interactive photo opportunities. Why not step onto the American Idol stage with Simon Cowell or levitate above the Luxor with Criss Angel? Or perhaps you would rather belt out some tunes with the Rat Pack or golf with Tiger Woods.

Scream

An attraction within an attraction, Scream is a relatively new addition to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. Marie Tussaud opened a Chamber of Horrors in her 1835 museum, and virtually every wax museum since has featured some variation on horror. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas raises the bar with an authentic walk-through haunted attraction, complete with live actors.

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas - Scream

Scream was an unexpected treat

The premise is that you are entering an abandoned asylum. The inmates once worked at the legendary Area 51, a top-secret Nevada military installation that figures heavily in stories of extraterrestrial research, and were then subjected to terrifying experiments. After slaughtering the entire staff, the inmates were left to die on the unit. Now you must try to find your way out without becoming their next meal.

Scream is entirely optional, but highly recommended. After posing for a photo with a lovably creepy employee, you will join a small group of other visitors. You must stay in a single-file line, hands on the shoulders of the person in front of you, throughout the attraction. Live actors appear out of the darkness as you make your way through the maze.

Tips for Parents

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas Elvis

Hold his hand and he'll sing to you!

Madame Tussauds is great fun for visitors of all ages. From actors to singers, presidents to sports legends, the figures span a wide range of time periods and target audiences. The wax figures are extraordinarily realistic, and provide a wonderful opportunity for various generations to educate each other. Throughout our tour, we watched grandparents reminisce about Elvis concerts and grandchildren explain Lady Gaga. These shared family moments promote bonding across the generation gap.

Let the kids explore, but keep an eye on them. The museum is surprisingly large, and it would be easy to get lost in the crowd.

Plan to spend at least an hour seeing everything, or two hours if you stop for a lot of photos. New surprises lie around every corner, and many of the best secrets are noticed only by those who slow down and really look around.

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Lisa is a full-time travel writer. She lives in an RV with her disabled father and writes about their experiences. Although she has no children of her own, Lisa loves being an Aunt to her own relatives and the children of all her friends. You can follow her adventures on her blog, Travel Confessions.

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