Insider’s Guide to Madame Tussauds Hollywood

June 4, 2022

The glitz, glam, and celebrity razzle-dazzle – there’s no wax museum like Madame Tussauds Hollywood. With over 125 wax figures of world-famous VIPs that include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Beyoncé, T-Swizzle, and Justin Timberlake, —this A-list party is a must-attend event!

Madame Tussauds Hollywood is a mainstay LA attraction, located on the star-studded Hollywood Walk of Fame, just west of the TCL Chinese Theatre. These figures look so startling real – you'll be doing triple and quadruple takes.

Follow along as we take you through this ultimate celebrity experience. 

Visitors can hang out with celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Kylie Jenner or posture with music legends Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. Meanwhile, the famed museum also takes you back to Hollywood's golden era alongside the gorgeous Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, and Elizabeth Taylor. 

Fans of the Fast & Furious franchise are in for a treat with one of the greatest action figures of all time, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. In Hollywood, Johnson's figure will greet guests setting the scene for the ultimate VIP party. The movie star and entrepreneur figure strikes a shaka power pose in an outfit inspired by Johnson's Hobbs and Shaw press conference look in Beijing. 

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With Tussaud's amazing tour de force Marvel Universe 4D Cinema, fans will marvel at more than celebrities. Then, guests can fantasize over their own 15 minutes in the spotlight on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Photo Alert: Ensure that your phone is charged because selfies are required here!

Read on to discover the inner magic and quick tips of what some say is the world's greatest wax museum. 

photo credit: Madame Tussauds Hollywood via Facebook

About Madame Tussauds

Sculptor Marie Tussauds created her first wax exhibition in London in 1835. It was so well received that Marie's grandsons opened a museum in 1884 and moved it to its permanent location, where it now displays international celebrities. There are currently over 25 museums worldwide and seven in the United States. 

The fourth American Madame Tussauds opened in Hollywood in 2009. Prior U.S. Tussauds included Las Vegas, New York, and Washington D.C.

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The three-story Hollywood Museum was under construction for eight years before finally opening. The museum's biggest figure, "King Kong," sits inside the main lobby. The first wax figures, Beyonce and Jamie Fox, cost approximately $350,000 each. 

Fun Fact: The global count of Tussauds Museums keeps rising, with sites featured in Germany, Netherlands, China, Japan, India, Tokyo, Australia, and Hong Kong. 

Madame Tussauds Tickets

Jumpstart your Tussauds adventure now by pre-purchasing your museum tickets with Tripster. You'll not only receive the best online rates, but you'll avoid long lines and extra fees. 

After securing your tickets from Tripster, you'll receive an email confirmation. You can either show this from your phone when you arrive or print the tickets to bring to the door. 

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  • Standard Admission: Enter a world of celebrity fun as you walk the halls of the world's best wax museum. 
  • Standard Admission + Marvel 4D: This ticket includes the museum pass plus admission to the Marvel Universe 4D movie. 
  • Ultimate Celebrity Experience: This package includes Madame Tussauds standard admission PLUS lunch or dinner at Hard Rock Café. Guests receive an exclusive "Gift with Purchase" offer in the Rock Shop and VIP priority seating where they can skip to the head of the line by showing their meal voucher. 

photo credit: Madame Tussauds

What to Know Before You Go 

Here are some quick tips to help make the most of your Tussauds escapade and hopefully save you time better-spent hob-knobbing with the rich and famous. 

  • Museum Hours: The Museum opens at 11:00 a.m. daily, but close times vary. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday—Tussauds closes at 6:00 p.m. On Thursday through Sunday, it stays open until 8:00 p.m.
  • Directions: Just off the Highland Avenue exit, head straight for Hollywood Boulevard, then take a right on Orange Drive. The parking entrance is just north of Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Parking: Parking is available under Madame Tussauds on 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, just off Orange Drive. Also, the Hollywood & Highland Center parking is a short walk away. 

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  • Enhanced Security Checkpoint: The Museum enforces security for your safety. This includes bag checks, metal detectors, and security arches. 
  • No food or beverages are allowed: The Museum's concessions sell snacks and drinks. 
  • Madame Tussauds allows cameras, phones, and selfie sticks. 
  • Self-Guided Tours take 60 to 90 minutes to complete. 
  • Madame Tussauds is fully ADA accessible apart from the Virtual Room. 
  • Tussauds is cashless, so bring your credit cards. 

Madame Tussauds Hollywood Highlights 

Jimmy Kimmel Live Experience 

This replica film set transports guests to the late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live. Yak it up with the award-winning host while sitting in the hot seat as the star of the show.

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Then fans move to the taped "Pedestrian Question" interview area. Finally, the interviewee shares their very own broadcasted segment on the big screen with family and friends. 

Virtual Room 

This exhibit uses the best HTC Vives VR gear and specially designed in-house software to avoid distress or discomfort. Visitors play games standing up to allow the brain and body to work together as they move around the room, searching for items with fellow team members. 

Guests must be 12 years old to play in this team-based experience. A minimum of two players is required, and the maximum is four people. Players should wear their glasses. It is not recommended for pregnant women or people with epilepsy. 

Illusions of Horror

Whether you get your kicks with old school classics like Bela Lugosi's Dracula, or the paranormal likes of Poltergeist, you can face your fears in this corner of terror. For the most iconic moments of horror from old-time thrillers or today's Scream films—this room will have you checking over your shoulder and running for the door!

photo credit: Madame Tussauds Hollywood via Facebook

Marvel Universe 4D

Superhero junkies can experience Hollywood's new thrilling 4D film only found at Madame Tussauds. In this action-packed adventure, Thor, Hulk, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Ant-Man unite to defeat the dastardly Loki.

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Feel the thunder of a punch, get splashed with surprise super drizzles, and feel mind-blowing special effects.

Then head to the Superhero Marvel Hall to snap a selfie with Thor, Nick Fury, Iron Man, and Captain America. 

Here is some other Madame Tussauds Hollywood highlights you can't find at the other wax museums. 

Madame Tussauds Zones 

  • A-List Party Room
  • Pop Icon
  • Spirit of Hollywood
  • Making Movies
  • Country Western
  • Modern Classics

Fun Fact: It takes up to six months to create a wax sculpture. Each takes 20 skilled artists who use over 2,400 pounds of wax and take more than 250 precise measurements and photographs.

photo credit: California Impressions via Facebook

Where to Eat

Hard Rock Café

Besides being convenient and close, Hard Rock offers delicious options like its Legendary Burger. This steak burger is made with the highest quality Certified Angus Beef®. The baby back ribs and twisted mac n' cheese are popular options too.

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They also feature live music, a classic t-shirt collection, and its legendary gift shop. So it makes perfect sense to secure the Ultimate Celebrity Experience admission ticket plus the Hard Rock Café dinner or lunch special. 

Dave & Buster's

If you're searching for a place to dine and play simultaneously, then Dave & Buster's is the place for you. Just up the street at the Hollywood & Highland Center, the restaurant serves a delicious strawberry watermelon margarita.

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Tasty dinner choices include Korean Sticky Ribs, Beastmode Bacon Burger, and Voodoo Pasta. This is the premier destination for food, drinks, and entertaining arcade games. 

photo credit: Dwayne The Rock Johnson via Facebook

Where Else to Go

The fun doesn't need to stop after your Madame Tussauds experience. After all, this is the 'Entertainment capital of the world!' Check out the myriad of celebrated theme parks, movie studios, innovative museums, and world-class beaches.

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Tripster has packages with hotels and attractions and easy ticket options. A few can't miss destinations while you visit the City of Angels:

Universal Studios Hollywood

For more movie memorabilia and thrills, keep your Hollywood encounters alive and go behind the scenes to uncover the inner workings of a world-famous studio.

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Get your Universal Studios Hollywood discount tickets to see real film locations and Hollywood movie sets, ride heart-thumping amusement attractions and learn all you want to know about the film and television industry. 

A bright red carpet rolled out in front of the gate to get into Universal Studios Hollywood with tall palm trees lining the sides of the carpet in Los Angeles, California

photo credit: Universal Studios Hollywood via Facebook

Warner Bros Studio Tour Hollywood

Tripster also offers other excursions like the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. Located in Burbank on Warner Boulevard, this studio tour features an inside tour of the sets and soundstages used in numerous Hollywood classics like Casablanca, Batman, Friends, Matrix, The Big Bang Theory, and more.

Visitors ride around the prop department, the picture car vault, and other film venues. 

family posing with cameras at warner brothers studio tour in hollywoodHop On Hop Off Hollywood Bus Tour

Beat the heat and the traffic as you sit back and feel the wind in your hair on this exciting Big Bus Tour. Learn the inside ropes and streets of the shimmering Tinseltown.

This fab Double Decker City Tour is a top LA attraction and comes with complete narration by an expert guide. 

Hollywood Hotels and Lodging

Tripster has all your vacation needs and more than a few options. We offer a variety of hotels and lodging around the city.

If you want to stay close to Hollywood, Beverly Hills, or Venice Beach—book your accommodations with us and know you're getting the best rates in Los Angeles. Don't wait! Secure your hotel now. 

Experience the Magic of Madame Tussauds

No trip to La-La Land is complete without hitting Madame Tussauds, what TripAdvisor calls the "#1 thing to do in Hollywood."

Are you ready to strike poses with your favorite hunky heartthrobs? Snap a selfie with the ageless Angela Bassett or chill with pop songstress Ariana Grande on her music video set, "7 Rings." 

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Tripster has you covered for all your travel needs, from tickets to hotels to vacation packages with other attractions. We offer one-stop solutions for your dream vacation. Let us guide you along your next trip for easy access deals and no-hassle planning. 

Tell us About Your Madame Tussauds Experience? 

What was your favorite wax celeb? Did you freak out at the Illusions of Horror exhibit? Capture your own 15 minutes of fame on  Jimmy Kimmel Live? Leave us a comment below!

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Written By Erin

Erin Poche` is a Utah-based writer and editor for Tripster and contributing writer for BeyondType1. She also writes and edits for an indie publisher of fanta ...

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