Saturday, October 6, 2007

Madame Tussaud's

A place I won't get to see for quite awhile that just opened up is Madam Tussuad's Washington, DC.

It is at the corner of 10th and F streets NW in the building that housed the former Mattress Discounters. It contains painted wax figures of the dead as well as the living.

Thomas Jefferson sticks his hand out in greeting and J. Edgar Hoover invites you to sit down.

The new Madame Tussuad's, the London Institution's 7th location, includes the visual array of showbiz and sports idols. But this wax museum is designed primarily for people interested in history.

There's the expected quota of Kennedys, Clintons, and Bushes.

The emphasis on politics actually returns Tussuad's to its roots. The Strasbourg-born madam came to prominence while crafting death masks of victims of the French Revolution. Later she moved to London, where the first Madame Tussuad's opened in 1835. The original attraction included a chamber of horrors that makes today's facsimiles of Beyonce and Tom Cruise seem tame.

The museum costs $25 to get in.

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