Famous wax museum, Madame Tussauds in Washington, D.C. is bringing visitors the US Presidents up close and personal! In fact, this is the only place in the world you can see and interact with the U.S. presidents. The $2 million-plus exhibition debuts on February 17, 2011 just in time for President’s Day. The exhibit will feature all 44 U.S. Presidents from decades past to present time.
The wax figures take about three to four months to complete. Artists work tirelessly to make the wax figures as lifelike and realistic as possible by studying hundreds of photographs and hours of video, where available. In other cases, artists rely solely on paintings and historical accounts but they still manage to make these figures extraordinarily life-like.
In anticipation of the exhibition opening, some of the already completed wax figures have been making appearances at events around the country – Thomas Jefferson and George Washington stopped by the Independence Visitor Center in Philadelphia on Independence Day, while Gerald Ford made his appearance at what would have been his 97th Anniversary party at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. In a recent appearance, Presidents Washington, Roosevelt, Jefferson, and Lincoln took a road trip to Mount Rushmore for the anniversary of the monuments completion!
Not only will this be an exciting tourist attraction for Washington D.C., it will also serve as a rich educational resource. It will include a curriculum focusing on the history of the U.S. presidents and will allow educators to offer exciting lesson plans for their students. Field trips, here we go!
Other Madam Tussauds wax exhibits include: Political, Historical, Hollywood Stars, Popular Musicians, Sports Stars, Cultural Figures, and World Leaders.
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