Madame Tussauds Washington D C
Madame Tussauds Washington DC is a wax museum in Washington DC, USA, that pays tribute to some of the most influential and important figures in America.
History and Foundation
Anna Maria Grosholtz (or Marie Tussaud) was born in Strasbourg, France in 1761. Her mother worked for Dr. Philippe Curtius in Bern, Switzerland, as a housekeeper. Dr. Curtius was a physician skilled in wax modeling. He was the one who taught Tussaud the art of wax modeling. Upon the doctor’s death in 1794, Tussaud inherited his vast collection of wax models. She spent the next thirty three years travelling around Europe.
She married François Tussaud in 1795, which consequently led to the new name of the show: Madame Tussaud's.
In 1802, she took her exhibit to London, leaving behind her husband. She was unable to return to France due to the Franco-British war, so she travelled throughout Great Britain and Ireland exhibiting her collection.
From 1831, she took a series of short leases on the "Baker Street Bazaar". By 1835, Marie had settled down in Baker Street, London, and opened a museum.
On April 16, 1850, at eighty eight years old, she died in her sleep in London. Her grandsons moved the attraction, Madame Tussauds, to its present site in Marylebone Road in 1884.
Due to its popularity, it has branched off to other countries. Las Vegas, Nevada was the site of the first branch of Madame Tussauds in the United States. This branch opened in 2000.
Departments and Collections
Madame Tussauds is famous for recreating famous people and celebrities in wax. There are various collections or attractions classified into the following categories:
- Founding Fathers provides an in depth view of the great men whose actions shaped America, such as Robert E. Lee, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.
- To reminisce about the time when jazz was at its peak, Music zone provides certain wax figures prominent during those days—Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Marvin Gaye.
- Visitors can witness history again in the Conflict room, where important figures in World War Two can be seen and heard. Learn how freedom was fought and attained in Civil rights, and hear the renowned “I Have a Dream” speech of Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King.
- For a taste of political scandals, visitors should head on to the Scandal collection. To get a feel of how it is to become the most powerful and influential person, the Presidents collection provides the backdrop for this experience.
- Learn how wax sculpting is done in addition to knowing the history of Tussauds in Behind the Scenes. Visitors who would like to mingle with Hollywood’s stars should proceed to the Glamour room, where wax figures of Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, and Denzel Washington can be seen.
- Sports enthusiasts who would like to rub shoulders with prominent athletes would appreciate the Sports center collection, which features life like replicas of famous sports personalities such as Tiger Woods and Evander Holyfield.
The museum’s most notable exhibit is the brand new Presidents Gallery. Through this exhibit, visitors can learn and appreciate America’s rich history through its leaders.
The Presidents Gallery was created in accordance with the US Department of National Social Studies Standards and the National Council for the Social Civil Rights Movement Studies Standards.
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