NYC Travel

Finding Joy inside Madame Tussauds New York

My kids had been bugging me about taking them to Madame Tussauds in Times Square all summer long. With school around the corner, I booked our tickets. The day before we were supposed to visit the wax museum, we spent a day at Six Flags Great Adventure. Which meant the morning of our visit, we were sunburned, tired, and grumpy.

(Read about our other visit to Madame Tussauds NY)

I corralled the kids, and we sauntered onto the subway, where we sat in silence. I even fell asleep for a few minutes. As we arrived at the Times Square subway station, the smells of the subway greeted our nostrils and woke us up a bit. We grabbed some coffee to help wake us up and tried to get out of our grumpiness. Once inside the air-conditioned Madame Tussaud, our grumpiness was gone and joy took over.

It is impossible to be grumpy inside Madame Tussauds. It’s a great place for joy seekers. I mean, how can you be in a bad mood when you’re wanting to take photos with all your favorite wax celebrities?

There are many themed rooms throughout the museum. There’s the ongoing Studio 54 room, a Marvel superhero room, a bar with scattered A-listers, a library with literary heroes, a large political room, a sports room, musicians, action adventure movie characters, and a couple of rooms that change. While we were there, one room was comprised horror characters. My youngest had to skip that room.


We took our time walking through the museum. We posed with our favorites and interacted with almost all the celebrities. We spent well over 2 hours walking around. Since new celebrities are always being added and taken away, there were plenty of new selfie opportunities. There was also ample amount of time for me to embarrass my kids.

There’s a lot to do besides taking photos with celebrities. There’s a carnival game where you shoot at scary clowns (not a fam favorite), a Marvel 4D movie, and wax molds. On this visit, we stopped to get a wax mold to take home for our souvenirs. Now they sit on my shelf as a reminder of the great time we had.

By the time we left Madame Tussauds, we were in great moods. My kids and I were happy and loved our time together. There were moments during the museum that a kid would say, “Thanks, dad for bringing us.” And when I put my youngest daughter to bed at night, she said it again. It was a dad win day.

Madame Tussaud in New York City is at 234 W. 42nd Street New York, NY 10036







Other things to do in NYC:

Wonderland Dream: Where Visitors Become Art
Spyscape: Spying and solving in NYC
Visiting Madame Tussauds
Batman X at Spycape
Rise NY
History of the Liberty Pole in City Hall Park
History of Bowling Green’s Fence
Visiting St. Paul’s Chapel
Gaming at the Paley Center
Harry Potter NY
Great Jones Distilling
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Moulin Rouge on Broadway
Unmarked Slave Burial Ground
Hamilton Dueling Grounds
List of Museums in NYC that are free or have suggested prices
Visiting the Guggenheim with my Toddler
Visiting the MoMA with Kids 
Visiting Hamilton Grange
Visiting Grant’s Tomb
Visiting The American Girl Store

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