I have never visited the Musée Grévin in Paris. But, since we were staying at the Venetian, I wanted to visit Madame Tussauds, a museum that exhibits wax statues of stars.
I don’t regret the idea because Amélie and I had a good laugh during the visit.
The concept of Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds is a museum of wax statues. The biggest and original Madame Tussauds is in London. However, several museums have been opened around the world. You can find them in the United States, Germany, Australia, China… The one in Las Vegas is probably the most famous after the one in London.
You wander around the museum and in every corner, you are surprised to find the face of a star.
Some statues are only standing, while others have a decor that recalls their universe.
The statues are diverse. You will find old or young movie stars, singers, sportsmen, film characters, TV presenters… Of course, I put everything in the masculine, but this is not a sexist museum. You have as many statues of men as women!
Freedom is the key to the concept. You don’t see the statues behind a glass case. You approach them, touch them and can even take pictures next to them.
Where is the Madame Tussauds Museum in Las Vegas?
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is located in The Venetian, a luxury hotel on the Strip.
The entrance to the museum is not from inside the hotel. When you are in front of The Venetian, with the canal and bridge in front of you, cross the bridge and go to the right. After a few dozen meters, you will come across the museum.
Another staircase is accessible to the right of the hotel.
What is the price of an entrance to Madame Tussauds?
I don’t remember the price we paid during our stay. A quick look at the Venetian’s website reveals the current one:
- $33 for a standard entrance
- $37 for an entrance including a Marvel 4D activity (these are the seats we took).
Prices are cheaper if you buy at the Venetian’s ticket office rather than the one in front of Madame Tussauds. It’s a bit strange…
There are possible extras to get a digital photo pass on your smartphone or to go to the Hangover cocktail bar (a bar inspired by the “Hangover” films)…
You can also have a discount if you buy both a museum ticket and a ride on a Venetian gondola.
What are the opening hours of Madame Tussauds?
The wax museum is open every day from 10a.m. to 8p.m.
The last possible entry is at 7:45 p.m. Nevertheless, if you want to fully enjoy the museum, you will spend more than 15 minutes inside.
For us, the visit was the opposite of the Shark Reef. The visit time of the aquarium is announced at 1 hour minimum and we stayed 30 minutes inside.
For Madame Tussauds, many reviews recommend a half hour visit, but our visit was longer.
Which stars can you see in Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas?
This is the big question: what are the wax statues present in Madame Tussauds? If the Queen and the British royal family are the main characters in the London Museum, the one in Las Vegas is entirely dedicated to the United States.
You can see, admire, touch and take pictures:
- Las Vegas legends like Celine Dion, Blue Man Group, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley…
- Sportsmen like Shaquille O’Neal, Muhammad Ali…
- Contemporary singers like Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga or dead like Tupac, Aalyah
- Actors like Tom Cruise, The Rock, Angelina Jolie…
- Movie characters like King Kong, Hulk…
What do you prefer between?
Will Smith’s style
Nicki Minaj’s position
Stevie Wonder’s smile
Alan Garner’s style (character from the movie Hangover)
We know most stars, but some are known only by the American public. This is the case of television presenters, country singers, baseball players…
There are new wax statues each year. It is possible that some of the statues you see in our photos will no longer be there on the day you visit Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas and new ones will be put in their place…
Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas: Our Review
I took my entrance with skepticism. I’m not at all into idolizing stars and seeing inert statues didn’t appeal to me.
However, two reasons made this visit a great time: our schedule and our desire to have fun.
Indeed, we entered Madame Tussauds at the opening. We were very few visitors, barely ten for the whole museum. This is a change from the busy periods when dozens of visitors rush to be the first to approach the wax star.
This situation allows you to do some crazy things, sometimes immature, but funny. Seeing Amélie look ridiculous next to a 7.1 ft tall basketball player, playing the angry one next to Hulk or the big man next to The Rock, this is how this museum becomes a good visit.
or the big man next to The Rock, this is how the museum becomes a good visit.
Second test, who seems the most credible between?
Amélie as a basketball player facing little O’Neal.
Me as a golfer waiting for the old amateur, Tiger Woods, to hurry up and play.
I think that if you visit Madame Tussauds seriously or on a busy schedule, you risk boredom or frustration. When there are few visitors, with joy or even with children, the visit is a must!
Among the extras included in the tour is a Marvel-related 4D attraction. You watch a scene with 3D glasses on your eyes, while your seat and some stuff in the room react at the same time. The idea is good, but in fact, it is quite disappointing and we were not impressed.
The attraction is worth a try, but if you have to wait 30 minutes to do it, don’t waste your time waiting for something so flat.
Can we take pictures in Madame Tussauds?
Absolutely. Better yet, I instruct you to do so, because that’s how you have the most fun.
You don’t have to pay extra to be allowed to take photos with your camera or smartphone.
The “Digital Photo Pass” is an option that allows you to access kiosks in the museum where you take staged photos (for example on a magazine cover, between movie stars…). It is not a pass that authorizes you to take pictures, because this action is free for all.
As a professional blogger, I take advantage of my flexible schedule to travel a lot. I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list!