San Francisco helped me cross off another bucket list item. No it wasn’t “meet a celebrity”, it’s “visit a wax museum”, and what better wax museum to visit that the world famous “Madame Tussauds”.
Madame Tussauds San Francisco is where this bucket list experience was ticked off. It was opened in 2014 (the 17th Madam Tussauds) and you can find it in the Fisherman’s Wharf area.
Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was. There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good, old-fashioned curiosity.
Here you can visit wax figures of many famous people. The museum is split into different sections.
- Leaders and Entrepreneurs
- San Francisco
- Film Zone and the A List Zone
Meet stars such as:
and my favourite, ET
Some areas are interactive so you can use props to create your own pictures.
In part of the exhibit you learn about how the wax figures are made. I loved seeing the time and effort that goes into making each figure. From hair, eyeballs, tattoos, beauty marks. They can take up to four months to make one. Each strand of hair is individually inserted by hand!
But at up to $300,000 to make each one, I don’t think I’ll be getting a copy of myself made any time soon.
In this area also you can make your own hand cast, and make a 3D model of your hand as a souvenir.
I’d recommend spending at least an hour here, you could spend even longer looking at everything. Then once you’re done head next door the the San Francisco Dungeons (blog post coming soon).
You can either buy individual tickets, or buy a pass for both here.
Is visiting a wax museum on your bucket list?
*Thank you to Madame Tussauds for hosting us, As always all words are my own*