Saturday August 20, 2011 / 10:00am - 10:30pmMadame Tussauds Las Vegas
How was your experience?
My husband and I wanted to check out Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Las Vegas, NV because we are big fans of the chain, having attended their museums in both New York City and London, UK. We used Gold Star to secure our tickets as the price was most reasonable. We showed up around 5 PM on Saturday, August 20th and immediately encountered a road block. We had both email purchase confirmations with us, which we handed to the ticket staff. The ticket staff, after searching through several 3-ring binders, informed us there was NO proof we had purchased tickets. They then advised us that one of their staff had to "go upstairs" to see if we were confirmed. While this gentleman ambled off, not to be seen again. My husband and I kept pointing out we had BOTH written email, and printed Purchase Confirmations, but that didn't seem proof enough. Finally, after a 10 minute wait we were asked to complete a form before we could enter the show. We were in. Having seen other Madame Tussaud's properties we had a general idea of what we would see. We didn't realize we would actually see so little. The Vegas version of this event is about 1/2 to 2/3 of the size of their other venues. We spent some time in a big "Night Club Scene" surrounded by various well known celebs, in wax of course, then a "NASCAR/Country" scene, then a "Sports Scene" and "Vegas Performers". There were a few (very few) historical characters, only a handful of US Presidents, and then something called the "Scream" experience which appeared to be a haunted house. We heard a lot of screaming coming from behind some closed doors. There was a waiting line to enter this maze so we by passed it to see what else was available. We figured because of the recent Royal Wedding there would of course be some figures from history, like the Queen of England or the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate), but nothing. We ended up being funneled into the Gift Shop pretty darn fast. Not only that, but unless they had hid those wax pieces in the "Scream" experience, we didn't see the French Royalty, or the wonderful story of how Madame Tussaud came to be in the business in the first place. . .She had personally known the King and Queen of France in the 1700's (she was their children's art teacher), and had been forced during the French Revolution to identify their decapitated heads after their executions. Pretty intense stuff, and well documented in London and New York with the death masks of the King and Queen and even the wax effigy of Madame Tussaud herself. So, if you're looking for some kind of historical experience, there is not a lot of that to go around. If you want to see if Bradley Cooper is taller than you are, you're in luck. Figure you'll need about a half an hour to 45 minutes to see the entire exhibit. And, while you do have the ability to take your own photos of each of the figures, there are several 'wedge' photo sessions (my husband and I call them 'wedges' because they are opportunities to wedge you away from your dollars) sprinkled throughout where your photo will be taken with George Clooney and you can purchase the photo at the end of your walk through. If you'd like a more interesting and educational experience, avoid the Las Vegas version of Madame T's and check out the Titanic Experience or even the new MOB Experience at the Tropicana. We enjoyed both of those experiences immensely.