One of the most-visited Madame Tussauds stands on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. The wax figures depicted at Madame Tussauds Hollywood include entertainment icons, film directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, and movie characters like E.T. and the X Men, as well as pop stars, infamous criminals, and athletes.
Madame Tussaud, a Parisian wax sculptor who lived in the 18th and 19th centuries, created death masks of famous victims of the French Revolution, including Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and Robespierre. In the early 19th century, she toured Great Britain with her wax likenesses of famous—and infamous—figures and eventually set up shop in London, marking the start of the Madame Tussauds brand.
Each hyper-detailed wax likeness is assembled by a team of sculptors and requires approximately 100 hours to create, with each strand of a figure's hair individually set by hand. The result is uncanny. Some sightseeing tours of Los Angeles combine a look at celebrity homes with a visit to Madame Tussauds, which also boasts a virtual reality experience featuring a team-based game.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The self-guided tour of Madame Tussauds Hollywood takes about 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
- Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis; the space is ADA accessible, except for the virtual room for safety reasons.
- Combo ticket packages are available, including options with the city’s hop-on hop-off bus tour.
How to Get There
Madame Tussauds is located on the Walk of Fame, next to the TCL Chinese Theatre, and is accessible by car via US 101 (the Hollywood Freeway) or Interstate 110. The on-site garage is off Orange Drive and offers valet parking for customers. Or you can take the LA Metro’s red line to the Hollywood/Highland station; it’s a 3-minute walk west from there to Hollywood Boulevard.
When to Get There
Check the calendar on the Madame Tussauds website for specific opening hours; the attraction closes early on some days. During the summer and on holidays, you’ll encounter the biggest crowds, so plan accordingly. In general, try to arrive early in the day, when it’s usually not as busy and you’ll be able to pose with the figures more easily.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
This burial ground is Hollywood's oldest cemetery and the final resting place for some of Los Angeles’ most famous citizens such as Cecil B. DeMille and Douglas Fairbanks. In addition to guided tours, you can attend musical performances at the site, as well as watch classic films on the grounds during the summer.