The last time I was at a wax museum was in the 3rd grade for a field trip. It was a local wax museum and I honestly don’t remember what I saw or how it was related to anything educational! I think other than that, my only other exposure to the idea of a wax museum was the old Vincent Price movie House of Wax…yikes!
However, my recent visit to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Washington, DC was a completely different and fun experience! This museum is the only of Madame Tussaud’s (other locations include multiple locations in America, Europe, Asia, and Australia) that has figures of all 44 U.S. Presidents. It’s a terrific opportunity to have your children learn about U.S. History as the first part of the museum takes you through the role of presidency from George Washington through to President Obama.
It was such an interactive experience…you could literally walk right up to each wax figure and they looked so unbelievably real. I swear they were looking at me as I was looking at them. Here is a room with several wax figures…can you tell which are people and which are the wax figures?
Jimmy Carter…the U.S. President when I was born!
You can even make a cool wax mold of your hand on your museum visit!
At the end of the walk through the U.S. Presidents, there was a photo opportunity to get professional museum pictures done with the British Royal family, President Obama and Michelle Obama, and a seat in the Oval Office.
However, after the presidential portion, the music kicked up a notch and wax figures from pop culture were there to enjoy!
I joined the fun as well. Getting funkdafied with Beyonce, chillin’ with Julia Roberts, and swooning over George Clooney….and yes, you will swoon when gazing into his eyes!
Visiting Madame Tussaud’s Washington DC was both an educational and entertaining visit for my family. My husband actually said it was his favorite part of our DC trip! If you have the chance to visit, I highly recommend taking your family here (especially if your children are in grade school). They will see a lot of social studies information that they probably have learned about in their classes.
Ways to Extend the Learning
Further Investigation: Pick a specific U.S. President and research the notable information that was displayed in their museum setting. Why was this considered a significant contribution of this president?
Compare and Contrast two U.S. Presidents: Pick two U.S. Presidents and compare and contrast the following qualities:
- political party
Children can draw a Venn Diagram to show their findings.
Have you ever been to a Madame Tussaud’s? What did you think of it?
Disclosure: I am not affiliated with Madame Tussaud’s, Washington, DC. I received complimentary admission to the museum to be able to write this post. The thoughts and opinions here are completely my own.