The largest Madame Tussauds to date opened last month in Hollywood. The $55 million (€35m) attraction is the ninth Madame Tussauds to open worldwide and fourth in the USA, joining sister attractions in New York, Las Vegas and Washington DC.
Housed in a purpose-built building next to the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Madame Tussauds Hollywood is destined to become a “must do” attraction for many visitors to the area. With its striking contemporary architecture, courtyard and roof garden, the building also provides a new landmark for the area.
Like all Madame Tussauds, the content and design of the Hollywood attraction reflects its location, and in this case majors on movies. Visitors can get up close and personal with over a 100 of their silver screen heroes from golden greats like Marlon Brando, Bette Davis and Cary Grant to contemporary stars like Bruce Willis and Johnny Depp. They can also see replicas of local sports stars and TV stars, plus the late Michael Jackson in his BAD-era look. All were created by Tussauds’ skilled team in London.
The new outlet in Hollywood also offers a number of interactive exhibits including the chance to star’ with ‘Dustin Hoffman’ in a classic scene from The Graduate, climb on the ceiling with Spiderman or be photographed with President Obama.
The new attraction, which forms part of the Merlin Entertainments portfolio, comes as competition to the Hollywood Wax Museum, which has been trading in the area since the 1960s.
Pictured below: ‘Morgan Freeman’