Modeled around London’s most famous tourist attraction, Las Vegas’ Madame Tussauds wax museum is a spot that should not be missed when next on a visit. The museum, with its 100 intricately created replicas of some of the most famous people in history, is situated in the beautiful Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino complex and offers visitors a perfect photo-opportunity and an interactive experience with many of the models on show.
Madame Tussauds allows the visitor to wander through several interesting themed exhibitions, ranging from a collection of top entertainers who once graced Las Vegas with their presence such as the pianist, Liberace and Frank Sinatra, to a collection of great historical figures in American history such as George Washington and the more contemporary George W. Bush. Here, visitors can get to pose with the figures, and are also encouraged to touch the clothing and features of these replicas for a truly ‘hands-on’ experience.
The curators of the museum go to great lengths to ensure that the replicas are as true-to-life as possible. A typical model can take up to six months of painstaking work to create, with hundreds of measurements and feature matching taking place until the perfect replica has been created. Creators try to make clothing as authentic as possible and are sometimes able to dress their models with attire once worn by the original celebrities.
In true Las Vegas fashion, this city’s Madame Tussauds tries to give visitors an interactive experience that goes beyond simply posing with the wax replicas. The museum has created several ‘live’ exhibitions that are sure to thrill just about anybody who steps through the doors. For those who have always dreamed of partying with Hugh ‘Hef’ Hefner, the exhibition entitled “Hef: The Experience” will definitely delight. Visitors can dress up in bunny ears, ‘drink’ a cocktail and pose with the King of Playboy.
Another popular interactive exhibition, especially among the ladies, allows visitors to walk down the aisle and ‘marry’ one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors, George Clooney. Ladies can dress up in real wedding clothes and make their way down the path in an authentic wedding chapel, into the arms of their delighted groom, a true-to-life replica of Clooney himself. This may be closest that anybody may get to a fairytale celebrity wedding!
No visit to Vegas would be complete without a peek at the world of the King himself, Elvis Presley. At Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, visitors can get front seats to watch one of the most realistic shows ever created, complete with state of the art sound and lights and incredible effects. The audience is invited to come up to the stage to meet Elvis face-to-face and even touch him as he croons away. This is definitely a highlight of the visit for every Elvis fan.
The fun doesn’t end here. There are many other interactive exhibitions, including the opportunity to take part in a ‘real’ American Idol audition and get comments by Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell, or throw hoops with one of the greatest basketball giants of all times, Shaquille O’Neal. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas offers visitors an unforgettable experience!