Tuesday, December 7, 2010

On The Boulevard: Madame Tussauds

Entrance along Hollywood Blvd.
Daniel Craig (James Bond)
This is one of a series of posts called "On the Boulevard" about attractions on Hollywood Boulevard.

One of the biggest amusement attractions on Hollywood Boulevard is another branch of Madame Tussauds. Compared to the original London location, all other locations pale in comparison and seem just as overpriced. If you can find a discount even for a few dollars, if you are unlikely to be near the London location then it's probably worth it to experience it once.

This location is unique with its emphasis on celebrities of the present and past from film, television, music and sports. The museum is on multi-levels accessed by both stairs and elevator.

Part of the fun of the experience is the lifelike features of the celebrities replicated in wax. It should be noted that some recent celebrities have not posed for their likeness. Obviously some likenesses are better than others but the museum has an unparalleled expertise in the detail of each figure especially of celebrities who are no longer alive. This is not a typical museum so visitors are encouraged to pose and touch the figures.

Simon Cowell (American Idol)
Other branches of Madame Tussauds are located in Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Blackpool, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, New York, Shanghai, Washington DC and Wien.

Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
More info at madametussauds.com for a list of celebrity figures at this location. Hours are Mon-Thu 10am-6pm; Fri & Sun 10am-8pm; Sat 10am-10pm. Walk-Up Tickets: Adults $25; Child (4-12) $18. 20% savings for online Priority Access booking. Located next to Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Note: All photos in this post were taken shortly after the attraction opened in 2009.


Movie stars of yesterday.
View of Hollywood Blvd from Madame Tussads.

Array of music, film and television celebrities greet visitors.
Charlton Heston (The Ten Commandments),
Racquel Welch (One Million Years B.C.)
Peter O'Toole (Lawrence of Arabia)
Peter O'Toole (Lawrence of Arabia)
Nicolas Cage
Pierce Brosnan
Jim Carrey
Uma Thurman & Quentin Tarentino (Kill Bill)
David Beckham
Tiger Woods
Kobe Bryant
Jessical Alba (Fantastic Four)
Bruce Willis (Live Free or Die Hard)
Nicole Kidman
Denzel Washington
Meryl Streep
Leonardo Dicaprio


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