Madame Tussauds Las Vegas offers a unique experience of meeting and greeting renowned historical figures and celebrities, if only in their wax form. These include legends such as the Blue Man Group and the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Visitors will appreciate the daily operating hours, as well as the discounted rates available with early reservations, packages, and other seasonal deals offered at the Vegas wax museum. In addition to snapping a few pictures, patrons can learn of the long history that follows the fame of Madame Tussauds in Vegas, including the how her passion for these figures ultimately sparked world-renowned exhibits in several countries.
A native of France, Marie Tussaud, who was born Anna Maria Grosholtz in 1761, was the daughter of a housekeeper for Dr. Philippe Curtius, a physician who was an expert, among other things, in wax sculpting. This talent was intriguing to the young Anna Maria, who would come to work for Curtius during his endeavor to create exhibitions of wax figures. Her first wax creation, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, was completed in 1778, when she was just 17 years old; she also made models of Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin in her later years.
Ultimately the French royal family invited Anna Maria to live at Versailles, while she taught the sister of Louis XVI the art of wax sculpture between 1780 and 1789, when the Revolution broke out. Among her many experiences in Paris, Marie became involved in the French Revolution, creating wax heads for protest and being arrested with a death sentence during the Reign of Terror. Thankfully, due to supporters of Curtius and his household, she was released, after which, she was employed in creating death masks for victims of the guillotine, including Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and Robespierre.
After his death, Curtius left his wax collection to Marie; one year later, she married Francois Tussaud, becoming the well known Madame Tussaud. She traveled throughout Great Britain and Ireland with the exhibition of her wax collection, eventually settling at Baker Street, London and opening a stationary museum, whose collection steadily grew as she crafted more piece. Today, the wax museum has expanded to a number of locations, including Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hollywood, Hong Kong, Washington D. C., New York, and Shanghai.
Whether you’d like to visit with the famous celebrities of Hollywood movies, interact with iconic legends, or take advantage of photo ops with any number of world famous individuals, Madame Tussauds in Vegas offers precisely these types of opportunities with such personalities as Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Marlon Brando, and John Wayne; some of these exhibits will even react to your touch. Among the many statues on display at Madame Tussauds wax museums, the most controversial piece remains that of Adolf Hitler, first unveiled in 1933, vandalized repeatedly, replaced in 1936, and kept guarded. Along with viewing wax replicas, guests of the Vegas wax museum can enjoy a number of experience, from a happy wedding in the Marry Clooney Chapel to the eerie inmates that have taken over the prison in the SCREAM exhibition.
Madame Tussauds in Vegas is located right on the Strip at the Venetian Hotel and Casino. The doors of the Vegas wax museum open at 10 am every day, and they close at 9:30 pm on Sunday through Thursday, and at 10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. On occasion, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas closes early for various special events, so it’s best to check ahead. Admission discounts are available for seniors, students, Nevada residents, and children ages 7 through 12. Children under 7 are admitted free. In addition, booking tickets through the museum web site allows access to discounted admission and featured specials.
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