May 022016

A Visit to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in DC

Many of you know that my family recently visited Washington DC for the second year in a row.  Last year we found that a week in DC just wasn’t enough time to be able to see and do everything that we wanted to, so we took the kids back again this year over their April school vacation to we could see the stuff we missed last year. Madame Tussauds Washington, DC was high up on our list and I am so excited that we were able to squeeze in a visit this year.


**My family and I were provided complimentary admission to Madame Tussauds in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**


Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Washington DC is definitely not your typical museum.  I had been to the Madame Tussauds wax museums in Vegas and NYC sans kids, but I when I found out there was one in DC – I knew my boys would love it and I was dying to take them there.


What’s great about this museum is that it’s an interactive and very hands-on.  Not only are all 44 US presidents & some First Ladies on display, but there are sports figures, famous musicians, actors and newscasters there that visitors can touch, see, hear and take photos with. Yes, unlike many other museums, photos are highly encouraged at Madame Tussauds. And yes, you can touch the figures.  It’s truly amazing to be able to admire every perfectly-placed hair on each of the wax icon’s heads up close and personal.  A few of the exhibits even have props (jackets, helmets, etc)  for you to use in your selfies.


As I said, I have been to two other of Madame Tussaud’s museums, but this one has a definite Washington feel.  In addition to the 44 US presidents I mentioned, there is a chance to sit behind the desk in an exact replica of The Oval Office, join Lincoln in the presidential box at Ford’s Theater and stand next to Martin Luther King Jr. as he recites his “I Have a Dream” speech.


The museum is set up so that you see all of the presidents first and historical figures first.  As you walk along, you will come to the celebrity/sports/newscaster section and end up in the gift shop.  There is even a figure of Madame Tussaud herself. Each figure also has a small plaque with information about the person and there is also a room as you’re walking through where you learn about how the wax figures are made. It’s amazing to see just how much work, thought, and time goes into making each wax figure.


It’s kind of eerie how realistic some of the figures are and what’s more, a lot of people are either much taller or much shorter in real life than I realized. Thomas Jefferson was wicked tall, but like me, Beyonce is super short.


Remember that I mentioned the Oval Office replica?  That’s at the very end of the museum along with Mr & Mrs Obama.  It’s the room right before the gift shop and if you want a picture taken with them, you need to wait in line. They have a photographer there to take professional photos, but don’t worry – they will take them with your phone or camera, too.  You can purchase your photos in the gift shop or from home using the ticket stub they give you.


The museum is open from 10 am – 6 pm, daily, but hours subject to change so be sure to check with them before you visit. There are different combo tickets available and you can find the one that’s best for you and your family here.


Madame Tussaud’s Washington DC is located at 1001 F Street, NW right in the Penn Quarter (near the Spy Museum and Newseum). There is parking available in the city, but it can be pricey.  If you are taking the Metro like my family did, Madame Tussauds is located between the Metro Center and Gallery Place stops.


Madame Tussauds is fun for all ages and we really enjoyed our visit there.

  121 Responses to “A Visit to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in DC”

  1. I’ve been dying to visit the Madame Tussauds here in New York City. I can’t believe how realistic all of the wax figures look.

  2. LOL, I love visiting their different sites. It’s always neat to see what’s different in them.

  3. I love that the wax museum encourages interaction by taking photos and even providing props for selfies. The next time I’m in DC, this is a must-see for me.

  4. We considered going there the last time we were in DC but Im kind of terrified by how realistic these wax figures are! haha

  5. That place is so neat! I love the poses that they put the figures in. It looks like your family had a blast posing with the figures as well. I like that you can touch the figures!

  6. we love this place. We went to Madame Tussauds in LA and it was so fun. I am itching to get to the one in Orlando this summer.

  7. Mme Tussuad’s is so famous but I’m not sure I’ve ever been in one (maybe once). I love how it’s set up for pics. I agree on so much to do in DC. We lived there for 1 1/2 years and I loved every minute.

  8. We have a wax museum in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but I’ve only ever been once. I love that the one in DC has historical figures!

  9. We lived not very far from here. We need to revisit this wax museum. Thanks for sharing your post. Looked like your kids had fun!

  10. I think wax museums are so cool. We have been to several over the years and it’s neat to see the figurines!

  11. This looks like a fun way to teach kids about history. I’ve never been to a wax museum.

  12. I have heard of this place but have never been. Looks creepy but cool at the same time.

  13. I’ve been to the one in London. Those wax figures sure look lifelike.

  14. The boys look like they’re having such fun!
    I only went to a wax museum once in Canada, but it wasn’t like this one. This is on my list for DC!

  15. This museum looks great! I have visited the one in NYC but had no idea there was one in DC. I will have to check it out!

  16. Looks like a fun way to spend the day. I like that they gave it that DC flare with all of the presidents.

  17. That looks like so much fun! I’ve always loved wax museums. It’s amazing how life like the figures look.

  18. Wax museums are the coolest! I love taking the kids to them. It’s always a blast to view the figures.

  19. I visited one like this in Las Vegas!! It is amazing how life like they make these was statues!

  20. I can’t believe how realistic those figures look. The Jacqueline Kennedy is spot on!

  21. I’ve been to the one in London and the one in NYC but haven’t been to the others. That one is DC sure does look pretty cool. I will have to visit if I’m ever in DC.

  22. What a fun trip with your family!! It really is amazing how life like they are!

  23. I went to this museum in NYC. It was a lot of fun. I’d love to take my kids there once they get a bit older to understand what this is! They’re so life-like!

  24. Gosh, I just don’t know how they make them so realistic. It’s awesome that you can get your picture taken with all of them.

  25. I’ve so enjoyed your pictures on FB. These are cool! I’ve never been to a wax museum. I did go to a museum in Ohio – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they had some there. Tina Turner was pretty cool! It’s such a neat art form.

  26. I really want to go to this museum to see all of the wax figures in person. They all look so life like.

  27. I love that you can get in the pictures with them! This looks like so much fun. We’ll have to hit it when we go to DC.

  28. How fun! I went to one of these wax museums in Niagara Falls a few years back and it was so much fun. Kids look like they are enjoying it too!

  29. that looks like a lot of fun and educational with important historical figures… I’d like to take the kids there some day… it’s amazing how real the wax figures look!

  30. When we visit D.C. I am going to make sure we go by the wax museum! I think it would be such a wonderful learning experience for my kids. Cool for the adults too 🙂

  31. Our family loves to visit wax museums! Maybe we will get to visit this particular one in the future!

  32. I have always been super freaked out by wax museums. But looks like everyone had a fun time.

  33. We have a Madamme Tussad’s here in the UK and it is so much fun! Last time I went was when I was 14 xx

  34. We have a Madame Tussauds here in Vegas, but I love that this location seems to place the focus on political leaders. All of the figures look extremely realistic.

  35. I keep hearing about Madam Tussaud’s! I hope one day we’re somewhere we have a chance to visit!

  36. I always enjoy looking at pictures from Madame Tussauds. They always look like a great time was had. The sad part is I walk past this one all the time going to H&M. It is near my job, one day I will pop in, the kids would love it.

  37. I love the wax museum in Washington DC! It has some really amazing people in it. It’s very fascinating.

  38. This is so fun! I have always wanted to go to one of these museums. I love that this one has the historical figures too!

  39. I’d love to see any of these museums one day. They are so life like it’s uncanny.

  40. I have always wanted to go to a wax museum. This looks like it was so much fun. My kids would love it.

  41. I have been to the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Niagara Falls and it was amazing. The figures look so real. I would love to go to the one in DC.

  42. That’s so neat! I’ve never been able to go to a wax museum. I would love to check one out sometime. I think it would be an amazing experience.

  43. I went to the one in England years ago and it freaked me out. I had serious nightmares. However, seeing your pics didn’t scare me at all. It looks like you all had a great time!

  44. Madame Tussaud’s is so much fun! I remember going to the one in NYC and posing next to Brangelina.

    Lisa Favre

  45. YES! DC has some of the best museums- this one never disappoints- Such amazing detail!

  46. This looks like a great place to visit, I should really take a road trip to DC someday!

  47. I love visiting wax museums even though they creep me out a bit. I was there years ago but need to go back and see the new statues.

  48. I have always wanted to go to a wax museum, and I have heard Madame Tussauds is the best to go to. I don’t live that far away, so maybe this would be a fun weekend visit.

  49. We went to the one in Vegas. it was so much fun. We took so many pictures. I would love to go again sometime.

  50. This is all sorts of awesome! I am kind of obsessed with this musuem, I have never been to the DC one,but I have been to New York City, London, Hollywood and Vegas. I will get to DC one day!

  51. How fun! What a great learning experience for the kids as well. I’d love to go there.

  52. I have never been to a Madame Tussauds museum, but it’s definitely on my bucket list! The DC visit looks really fun and educational!

  53. I have never been to one of these museums but would like to. It is definitely on my bucket list of things to do.

  54. Madame Tussauds sounds like SO MUCH FUN! I’ve heard how amazingly lifelike the wax figures are. I’d really like to visit someday. 🙂

  55. I have been to the one in New York City. It is so amazing, isn’t it? Love the pics you took.

  56. I’ve never been to a wax museum but it looks like a wonderful experience!

  57. It’s really great visiting Madame Tussauds because of the realistic and life size sculptures. It gets a more historic touch in DC.

  58. I am definitely putting this on my list of places to visit on my next trip to DC. Thanks for sharing.

  59. That place is my dream come true! I wanna go there soon.

  60. I’ve always wanted to go. It’s amazing how realistic they make them.

  61. The wax museum never heard of it…So interesting they look so real lots of history in the DC area to visit thanks for sharing.

  62. This looked like a great destination idea.
    It is amazing how heights vary and can be different than expected among the famous people.

  63. I have always wanted to visit Madame Tussauds! Looks like you guys had a blast.

  64. We would love to visit this museum, our plan is to go back to DC to visit it this summer!

  65. I can’t believe that I have not been to one of these yet. We have one locally in Orlando. I need to go!

  66. How cool. My friend is planning a trip to DC this summer, I’m sharing this with her so they can add it to their list of things to do and see.

  67. I have always wanted to visit the one in New York, but haven’t had a chance. These are great pics!

  68. Wow, I’ve been to the one in London. I actually had no idea that there were ones here in the states too. Cool.

  69. I love the wax museum! The figures look so real and I love that they have them in historical settings.

  70. I really want to visit a madame tussauds! We almost went to the one in Vegas. Looks so fun

  71. I’ve been to the wax museum in Hollywood and they are so cool to check out

  72. I’ve been to the one in Vegas. This one is so different – with different people. More than just celebrities!

  73. Great way to be entertained and learn at the same time. Nice pictures!

  74. What an interesting place to visit. I bet my kids would be fascinated!

  75. I would think it would be eerie too. We’ve been to a wax museum in Vegas but with celebrities. Its pretty weird sometimes. Love the history. Lincoln looks so life-like!

  76. Looks like you had a really great time! I’d love to visit Madame Tussauds museum but the closest one to us in London, so whe we will visit Great Britain, will add the museum to our list too.

  77. Ive been to other wax museums but I think Id really like this historical one! I love history!

  78. I have always wanted to go to a wax museum. There is not one around us that I know of. I love your pictures of your family in the museum! Wonderful memories!

  79. We love visiting DC, but we’ve never been to this museum. We’ll have to check it out next time.

  80. i love museums . this one is absolutey fantastic.I will definatly visit this one when i am there .

  81. How interesting! i have always wanted to visit a wax museum!

  82. Those wax, looks like a real one. This is pretty cool. I’ll go there someday.

  83. I’ve been to the Madame Tussauds in NYC but never the one in DC. I will have to check the DC one out next time I’m there 🙂

  84. Awesome museum. I’m in a borderline between being creeped out and at awe. Regardless, they all look incredibly life-like and that’s what draws me!

  85. I love all of the pictures of your family interacting with the wax figures. They are too funny.

  86. It has been my dream to visit one of the Madame Tussauds Wax Museums. The wax figures look insanely realistic! – HilLesha

  87. I haven’t been to a Madame Tussaud’s in a long time. It’s been years since my last visit! It’s really awesome to take the kids there, no matter what the theme of the museum is. It’s a great learning experience, and it’s very fun too.

  88. Wow, I never knew that you can actually touch the figures in a Tussaud museum. That’s pretty cool. I bet it would be surprising to see how tall people actually are. I always just figure they’re my height, haha.

  89. I haven’t been there in about two decades. They must have so many new exhibits.

  90. We went to the one in Vegas. I was so amazed at how lifelike those figures look!

  91. This is really interesting. Like you, I’ve been to other locations but this one is really unique with the D.C. touch. I’d like to check this one out.

  92. I find wax museums a little creepy though it really brings imagination to tourist and the likes. Fun way to bring the kids and enjoy the day.

  93. This is a fun trip with your family and it’s a great place to visit.

  94. I’ve always wanted to go to one of these museums but have never had the chance. I love that they are so open with photography!

  95. What an adventure!
    I’ve heard about the wax museums before.

    I love how they put the presidents before the actors and so on.

    I’d love to visit!

  96. I went to the one in Vegas and it was cool. Almost eerie how some of them look real though!

  97. I have been wanting to go to a wax museum. I didn’t know that there was one in DC! I’m about an hour away! Thanks!

  98. Whoa! Those wax figures are so life-like! The talent of the artists is truly amazing! I would love to visit the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum! Planning for a trip there this weekend.

  99. I love looking at photos of famous celebrity in wax image. They are fun and very entertaining. I’ve seen couple of wax museum here in Pigeon Forge and Las Vegas.

  100. This looks so fun! I love that you can get your pictures taken with them. I haven’t been to a wax museum in ages.

  101. haha Looks so fun, and creepy ! id love going there.

  102. I have driven and walked by this museum here in Hollywood more than 10 dozen times, however, I have never been. I think I may need to get all TOURIST like and go for it!

  103. This place has always been on my to do list when we get back home! I think its so cool how lifelike they are!

  104. I love wax museums. It’s been years since I visited a local one. Love to visit another one too, soon!

  105. omg this brings back so many memories. i visited madame trussauds in London in 2006 and dream of going back everyday.

  106. We’ve been there last year and those wax looks like a real human, the’re really amazing.

  107. This is on my bucket list. Sounds silly right?! Me and my husband love stuff like this!

  108. I have been to Washington D.C. at least 3x already and I can’t believe I keep missing a visit to the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum! I really need to go there! Thanks for sharing your post!

  109. I’ve always wanted to visit the wax museum! Did you take a picture with Beyonce? LOL I want to see!

  110. Fun day trip idea! The one in NYC is my favorite though, it’s huge.

  111. They have a branch in HK and I am hoping to visit HK when I go there this June. I hope I get to do so.

  112. I didn’t know they had a spot in D.C. I’ll have to check it out next time

  113. We’ve never been there! I can’t wait to visit it! Thank you for sharing it!

  114. It looks like it was an incredible trip! They are all so lifelike!

  115. There’s a wax museum here in the Philippines which I love visiting. They also have international personalities there but I would really love to visit Madame Tussaud’s!

  116. I’ve been to the one in London and the one here in DC (I’m local) so different but so interesting, especially with all of the politicos! Great teaching opp for kids.

  117. I have heard so many wonderful things about this museum.. I wish to see what all the buzz is about, one of these days

  118. I would love go to there someday. I think it’s cool that the museum is interactive and allows you to be a part of the scenery; I didn’t know that.

  119. Very cool, I love wax museums! We visited DC in November and we visited lots of places, but not this one! It looks really neat!