Visit the World’s Greatest Wax Museum

February 2024

There are essentially two ways to experience Madame Tussauds (234 W 42nd St): in earnest appreciation à la a trip to the Met, or with a slight wink-and-nod. For residents of the 555TEN’s luxury apartments in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, we invite you to do both—appreciate the craftsmanship and the kitsch all at once. It also makes for a perfect, kid-friendly (and adult-friendly) outing on a rainy day.

Madame Tussauds has an over two centuries-long legacy of crafting startlingly realistic wax figures of the world’s most important leaders, artists, innovators and pop culture icons. The New York location carries on founder Marie Tussaud’s artistry with over 200 uncannily lifelike statues spread across 80,000 square feet of interactive exhibits.

Visitors can traverse history by joining the ranks of past presidents such as Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt or national heroes like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, or brush shoulders with today’s hottest stars like Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Highlight displays transform regularly to feature fan favorites—currently wowing visitors are hyper-realistic figures of Ariana Grande, Angelina Jolie and even Kim Kardashian decked out in iconic Met Gala looks as part of the dazzling interactive Glow Gala experience.

Action and adventure await at Madame Tussauds MARVEL Hall of Heroes exhibit. Here, you can come face to face (or shield) with superheroes of the silver screen like Captain America, hang with wisecracking Spider-Man as he swings from the rafters, and team up with the Avengers to take down Loki and his invading alien forces in the action-packed cinema ride MARVEL Universe 4D. A towering 18-foot animatronic King Kong also resides within the museum walls, blinking, breathing and beating his chest as visitors uncover the mythic secrets of Skull Island.

For those who relish all things haunting and macabre, a Madame Tussauds visit promises frightful interactive fun with wax recreations of cinema’s most chilling monsters and murderers lurking within. Face off against possessed doll Annabelle, spin in the seat from The Exorcist, and come eye to glowing eye with the bloodthirsty clown Pennywise in the Warner Bros. Icons of Horror exhibit. This spine-chilling collection of figures and sets from classic spine-tinglers plunges visitors into an interactive world where they control the scares. The realistic waxworks are so eerie that the exhibit comes with a health warning for those faint of heart.

Beyond celebrities and heroes, Madame Tussauds invites visitors to step into the spotlight themselves at interactive exhibits like the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 555TEN residents can take the stage as talk show guests, reading the news alongside Michael Strahan or cracking jokes with Jimmy himself. At the Fashion Experience with Alessandra Ambrosio, visitors strut the catwalk decked out in stylish threads while receiving personalized coaching from the supermodel herself (in uncannily realistic wax form, of course). With interactive fun around every corner, it’s no wonder Madame Tussauds remains a top attraction for sightseers and locals alike.

For Midtown Manhattan residents at upscale homes like 555TEN, proximity to world-famous attractions enhances an already first-class lifestyle.