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Review of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Las Vegas

Key Points:

  • Madame Tussauds is packed with life-like wax figurines and photo ops that “celebrity watchers” are sure to enjoy.
  • Public figures represented included musicians, actors, athletes, and politicians – My favorites though depicted Las Vegas legends like the Rat Pack, Bugsy Siegel, and more.
  • Personally, I felt the attraction was too short to justify the relatively steep price.

Who needs random celebrity sightings in Las Vegas when they can be manufactured at a wax museum?!

Madame Tussauds is found within Venetian and is packed with realistic wax versions of celebrities that range from musicians and actors to politicians and superheroes.

As it had been years since I last visited Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Las Vegas, I figured it would be fun to swing in to see what was new.

Of course, I’ll be sure to share plenty of photos to help you determine if the wax museum deserves a slot in your Las Vegas itinerary.

Madame Tussauds Cost

There are 4 distinct ticketing options at Madame Tussauds:

  • Admission + Marvel Universe 4D Experience + Digital Photos: $39.99
  • Admission + Marvel Universe 4D Experience + Carnival Carnage 7D + Digital Photos: $45.99.
  • Admission + Marvel Universe 4D Experience + Carnival Carnage 7D + Digital Photos + Cocktail: $52.99
  • Admission + Gondola Ride at The Venetian: $66.99.

Inside the Wax Museum

The first stop in the wax museum is a green screen photo opportunity that is either included in your ticket (if you upgraded to one that includes the Photo Pass), or will be available for purchase at the end of the visit.

As I was scoping Madame Tussauds out alone, I decided to blow past the photo opp.

I visited right away in the morning and avoided the crowds, and was essentially walking through the exhibits by myself. Highly recommended. Get there right when they open!

Just as I remember from my visit years ago, the wax figurines are stunningly realistic.

Unnervingly, there were several occasions when I mistook a wax figure for a real person upon entering a room. While it’s a testament to the artistic ability of the sculptors, moving through a room with ultra-realistic depictions of individuals frozen in time is a bit creepy.

Safe to say that I wouldn’t want to be on the overnight cleaning crew.

Madame Tussauds does a great job of memorializing a wide variety of public figures in wax form that ranges from rappers to NASCAR drivers. There’s a celebrity or two for all tastes, interests, etc.

Below, is a sampling of who you can expect to see at the Wax Museum:

  • Drake
  • Prince
  • Michael Jackson
  • Brad Pitt
  • Johnny Depp
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Sister Mary Clarence
  • Don King
  • Babe Ruth
  • Mohammed Ali
  • Dale Earnhardt (with other drivers)
  • Channing Tatum
  • Jack Nicklaus
  • RuPaul
  • Daft Punk
  • Shaq
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Mike Tyson
  • Alan and Phil from “The Hangover”
  • Elvis
  • Samuel L Jackson
  • Ace Rothstein
  • Criss Angel
  • Sigmund & Roy
  • Liberace
  • Bugsy Siegel
  • Blue Man Group
  • The Rat Pack
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Evel Knievel
  • George Clooney
  • Hugh Hefner
  • Katy Perry
  • Justin Bieber
  • Tupac
  • Biggie Smalls
  • And More…

A newer addition since my last visit, I found scenes and characters from “The Hangover” to be a fun section of the museum.

Of course, you can take as many pictures as you’d like, and snap a selfie with your favorite celebrity.

Here are a bunch of photos of the wax museum that I captured:

Sigfried and Roy pose with a white tiger
Liberace wax figurine
A wax figure of Bugsy Siegel sits at a table
The Rat Pack posing behind a white piano.
Wax figures of the Blue Man Group play red drums.
A wax figure of Louis Armstrong smiles and holds a trumpet in both hands.
Evel Knievel stands in front of a motorcycle wearing a white suit with a blue collar filled with white stars.
A wax figure of George Clooney stands clutching flowers in a mock wedding chapel.
Alan from The Hangover wearing a tshirt tucked into white jeans with a purse slung over his shoulder.
MIke Tyson holding out a fist, wearing a gray suit coat and black pants.
Phil from the Hangover poses in a scene depicting a trashed hotel room.
Tupac stands shirtless in front of a giant green sign that says "2Pac".
Stevie Wonder plays a Yamaha keyboard.
Jimi Hendrix playing the guitar in the background, with a female wax figure in the foreground.
Snoop Dogg poses with an image of a cannabis leaf behind him.
Michael Jackson posing in wax form.
Drake poses in front of a purple illuminated backdrop wearing a light colored sweat suit.
Prince looks into the distance wearing a purple jacket with a frilly white shirt underneath.
Miley Cyrus rides a wrecking ball in the background. In the foreground is an empty wrecking ball that guests can pose on top of.
Katy Perry poses in front of a number of painted, but fake, lollipops.
Biggie Smalls in a white suite, wearing a white top hat, and leaning on a cane.
Jack Nicklaus holding a golf club with imagry of a golf course and both Wynn and Encore's towers in the background.
Babe Ruth holding a bat and waiting for the pitch with an image of a crowd behind him.
Don King wearing a black tux.
Sister Mary Clarence dressed as a nun. Above her in neon is the phrase "Forgive me father, Im about to sin".
Criss Angel poses in all black holding his hands out to his side with palms facing up.
Samuel L Jackson wearing a leather jacket and a black eye patch over his left eye.
Elvis Presley depcted on stage.
Ace Rothstein from the movie Casino poses with a showgirl dressed in Red.
My favorite wax figure in the museum. Casino!

What I Liked About Madame Tussauds

It’s 50 Photo Ops in 1: Those of you that enjoy taking fun vacation photos for an album, etc. will love Madame Tussauds. Guests are able to walk right up to their favorite celebs in wax form, put their arms around them, and take the perfect photo or selfie.

In addition to the typical photos next to wax figures, there are several more interactive photo opportunities.

A couple that I found most interesting were the opportunity for guests to climb up onto a wrecking ball (Miley Cyrus), or crawl into a small bed next to Hugh Hefner.

Hugh Hefner sitting on a black bed with room for people to snuggle in and pose with him.
Snuggle up!

Theatrics on Point: Every time you turn the corner, there’s some new eye candy to take in. Some rooms are intricately themed, and a good portion of the wax figurines have their own “set” or background that makes for a better photo. As mentioned, I especially enjoyed the wax museum’s new “Hangover” display.

What’s Not to Like

It’s A Quick Hitter: Even if you stop to take pictures with most of the wax figures, you’ll be wrapped up relatively quickly. I was in and out in about a half-hour. For the price you pay, it feels as though it’s over too quickly.

Unwanted Ticket Upsell…: Perhaps this is my mistake for not paying attention, but I was automatically upsold at the ticket window, which grinds my gears. I walked up and requested one ticket, assuming they’d sell me the cheapest option, paid, and went on my way.

I realized at the end of the tour that I was sold a higher-tier ticket that included both the photo pass and the Marvel 4D Experience – Neither of which I took advantage of because I didn’t realize they were included in my ticket…

Automatically assuming people want a more expensive ticket than your baseline option seems like a shady business practice.

Is Madame Tussauds Las Vegas Worth the Money?

It depends.

If you’re a “celebrity watcher” and enjoy capturing unique vacation photos, then Madame Tussauds could certainly be worth visiting.

Even if you’re not an avid “E!” watcher, or don’t care about capturing the perfect selfie, this could be a fun diversion from the typical rundown of Vegas activities and vices like gambling, etc.

A wax museum like Madam Tussauds appeals to a certain type of visitor, and I think you’ll know if you fall into the target market if my photos above appeal to you.

Honestly, I was reminded why it’s been over 10 years since my last visit. While the wax museum certainly qualifies as unique and differentiated, it isn’t something I plan to spend $44+ on again in the near future.

In my opinion, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum doesn’t quite live up to the cost of admission.

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