Our-Kids.com, Your Link to Family Fun in DC, Maryland and Virginia

Welcome to Our Kids - Serving the DC Metro Area

Madame Tussauds

July 12, 2016
Jamie Davis Smith
Madame Tussauds
1001 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
No votes yet

I’ll be honest:  I have always been curious about the world-famous Madame Tussauds, but had thought it was a bit too touristy to visit.  But, on a hot summer day wanting to try something new and indoors I packed up the kids and headed to the museum.  I am so glad I decided to check it out since it was very fun and the kids managed to learn a thing or two.

The museum is roughly divided into categories of famous people, including:  presidents and (some) first ladies; media and movie stars; music stars from all eras; cultural icons; and sports figures.   Not only are the figures in the museum incredibly life-like (my 19 month old kept saying “hi!” to the statutes) but they are also very “approachable.”  The museum is set-up to provide many, many photo ops and visitors are encouraged to get up-close-and-personal to get the shot.  For example, George Washington is placed behind a boat that kids can sit in and Al Roker is posed with his mic outstretched for an interview.  My kids loved posing with all of the famous people and dancing with rock stars in the music room. 

Madame Tussauds Washington DC  Madame Tussauds Washington DC

There is also an opportunity to have kids’ (or adults’) hands dipped into wax and colored.  This is an extra $10.00 charge (although it may be included in some packages) but it was a cool opportunity to get the chance to touch some of the wax used to make the statues.  There is also a photo stop where you can pose for professional photos in a mock Oval Office, with the current President, or with Secret Service officers for an additional charge.

We spent about two hours in the museum and I left wishing I had checked it out sooner.  While Madame Tussauds is certainly not the most educational or spectacular museum in DC, it’s definitely worth a visit for a little bit of fun. 

There are various ticket options starting at $12.95 for kids and a “locals” price of $15.50.  Combo tickets and packages are also available.  You can check out all of the options online.

The closest metro stops to Madame Tussauds are Metro Center and Gallery Place Chinatown.  There is limited, metered street parking around the museum as well.  There are also several parking lots around the museum.  Madame Tussauds is walking-distance from the National Mall so its easy to combine a visit with a trip to another museum or to see the monuments.

Don’t delay going to “meet” some of your favorite celebrities or introduce your kids to some important historical figures! 

Photos by Jamie Davis Smith.

There are currently no comments for the Madame Tussauds.

Become a Member or Sign In to add a comment.