A wax museum is a superb place to confront your greatest celebrity enemies without enduring the threat of being reverse-paparazzi'd or recruited to Scientology. Safely encounter your well-known nemeses with today's Groupon: for $6, you get a ticket to Madame Tussauds, the world-renowned interactive wax-figure museum, located on F Street Northwest (up to $18.02 online, $21.20 at the door, including tax).
For more than 200 years, Madame Tussaud and her museums have delighted the masses with impressively detailed and meticulously maintained wax renditions of celebrities, musicians, political figures, and sports stars. Starting today, wax worshippers can treat their peepers to the museum's groundbreaking new Presidents Gallery, featuring lifelike representations of every man ever elected to be America's version of the king of Canada. The exhibit explores monumental moments in our nation's history through the lives of its leaders, from George Washington to Barack Obama.
Studio artists labored intensely on each commander in chief's likeness, poring over hundreds of paintings, photographs, and videos; many likenesses took three to six months to complete. The exhibit houses 14 themed rooms for full interaction with each executive branch icon, making it ideal for history buffs, educators, and wax governors looking for campaign advice.
Madame Tussaud began crafting wax facsimiles at the tender age of 17 under the tutelage of a skilled wax sculptor. During the French Revolution, Tussaud furthered her craft by searching through gaggles of corpses for the freshest decapitated heads, which she used to make beautifully detailed death masks. When her sculptor employer died, Madame Tussaud inherited his vast collection of wax figures and eventually opened a museum.
Today, the Madame Tussauds wax-figure experience is fully interactiveyou can hug the wax figures, high-five them, and comb their hairso bring a 20-megapixel digital camera and make a poster of yourself dancing with Rihanna or challenging Johnny Depp to a staring contest.
Although Madame Tussauds sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Frommer's recommends the Madame Tussauds location in Washington, DC. While some commented on the price of normal admission, many found resolve in the ensuing photographic memories. More than 30 Yelpers give it a three-star average, and TripAdvisors give it three owl eyes.
-   - Seven other Madame Tussauds exist, only two others are located in the U.S., and only one allows you the pleasure of sizing up George Washington, mingling with Beyonce, helping Tiger Woods line up his putt, or discussing the state of the world up close and personal with Pres. Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. Frommer's
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