Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
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Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 89109

Location: Strip

Type: Area Attractions, Museums And Exhibits, Family Friendly

There's no better way to top off your vacation than with a picture of you and a celebrity. When you get home you can tell your friends you had the time of your life in Las Vegas, and you got to party with the likes of Gwen Stefani or Fergie. It'll be a great story for the scrapbook, but actually getting the picture can be a little tricky. However, there's one place where you're guaranteed to see stars in Vegas no matter when you visit.

Madame Tussauds Interactive Wax Attraction at the Venetian features more than 100 wax replicas of celebrities from Liberace to Jennifer Lopez. The keyword here is interactive. This isn't a museum where the exhibits are displayed in glass cases or protected by velvet ropes Instead, the 30,000-square-foot attraction features two stories of figures and exhibits where you're encouraged to get up-close and take pictures with your favorite celebrities. Run your fingers through their hair, put your arm around their shoulders or given them a kiss on the cheek, it's all OK, and people do it.

Another plus -- you can bring in your own camera and spend as much time as you need finding the perfect vantage point and snapping a picture. Some of the figures are featured as part of exhibits to help you stage the perfect photo. For instance, George Clooney isn't just on display. His wax figure is showcased as part of a wedding chapel setting where guests can slip on a white gown, walk down the aisle and say, "I do" to one of Hollywood's hottest bachelors. Clooney fans won't want to miss that photo opportunity.

The attraction is divided into rooms with each one featuring a different category of celebrities from A-list actors and TV personalities to famous athletes, music artists and politicians. Madame Tussauds has locations all over the world and unique to the Vegas attraction is a room devoted entirely to headliners from the past and present that have performed on the Las Vegas Strip.

Your first stop inside the attraction is Club Tussauds where you'll run into celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Halle Berry. On your way out of the room make sure to stop by and pose for a photo with Hugh Hefner. He's the one lounging on a bed and wearing silk pajamas. Next it's the Sports room where you can shoot hoops with Shaq. The museum also has a Speed room devoted to famous NASCAR drivers and Evel Knievel.

If you missed the 2012 hologram of Tupac at Coachella, Madame Tussauds has the next best thing, a wax replica of the iconic rapper. He's featured along with various other artists including Beyoncé, Snoop Dogg, Mick Jagger, James Brown and Stefani in a room devoted entirely to music artists.

For brave guests, Madame Tussauds has SCREAM. This exhibit is sectioned off from the rest of the attraction. Behind its gray faced is a haunted maze complete with live scare actors dressed as blood-thirsty zombies. They'll jump out at you, making your visit a truly thrilling experience. Guests who don't wish to participate can bypass this section of the attraction.

In the Vegas room you can join the Rat Pack on stage for a photo or admire Liberace's bling. He's wearing the most expensive costume in the attraction. Other popular headliners including Celine Dion, Siegfried and Roy and Elvis Presley are also featured in the Vegas room.

Being able to get right next to the wax figures also leaves them open to scrutiny, but the attention to detail evident in each figure is incredible. The process for creating the wax figures is just as amazing as the finished product. It can take up to six months to create a new wax figure.

Once a celebrity is selected to feature, Madame Tussauds spends time researching various looks for that performer including how they pose in pictures, their hairstyle and their clothing. When possible, Madame Tussauds sets up a sitting with the celebrity. During the sitting, studio artists take more than 150 measurements and 200 photos of the celebrity. The artists also determine color matches for the celebrity's features and complexion.

After the sitting, the museum and the celebrity come to an agreement on the pose, expression, outfit and hairstyle to use for the wax figure. All of the figures have real human hair that has been dyed and styled to match their real life counterpart. Oil paints are used for the face to create life-like nuances.

Just as much detail goes into creating what each figure is going to wear. In some instances, like with Beyoncé, the artist donates a costume for their figure to wear. This was also the case with Fergie. She donated an outfit that she wore on tour. Now you can see her wax figure sporting it at Madame Tussauds in Vegas.

Get ready to say, "Cheese" and strike a pose. Your favorite celebrity is waiting.

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