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Madame Tussauds Washington DC
1001 F Street NW
Washington, DC  20004
Madame Tussauds is a world-famous wax museum
Meet the Presidents

If you want to shake hands with all 45 U.S. Presidents, visit the Madam Tussauds Washington DC location in Chinatown. Originating in London, this famous wax museum is a popular tourist attraction in major cities throughout the world, displaying pop culture icons, world leaders, historic figures and sports stars. At its Washington, DC location, the main theme of the museum is politics. You’ll get an American history lesson in 3D!

Abraham Lincoln Wax Figure

Abraham Lincoln wax figure at Madame Tussauds Washington DC location

What You'll See

The Presidents Gallery displays all of the U.S. Presidents intermixed with other famous people at crucial moments in American history. The backdrops give historic context. There’s General Robert E. Lee surrendering to General and future President Ulysses S. Grant at the McLean House at the conclusion of the Civil War.

Lee Surrendering to Grant

Wax figures of General Robert E Lee surrendering to General Ulysses S Grant, ending the Civil War

And British Prime Minister Winston Churchill standing next to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during World War II.

Winston Churchill wax figure

Winston Churchill wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Washington DC

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Wax Figure

Franklin Delano Roosevelt wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC

Or astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission next to the John F. Kennedy figure.

John and Jackie Kennedy Statues

Wax statues of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy at Madame Tussauds in Washington DC

Apollo 11 Landing Wax Scultpure

Wax statues of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landing on the moon at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC

The Presidents Gallery is organized chronologically, beginning with George Washington and other Founding Fathers.

George Washington Wax Statue

George Washington wax sculpture at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC

Benjamin Franklin Wax Statue

Benjamin Franklin wax sculpture at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC

Throughout the museum, the life-sized wax figures are decorated with realistic skin tones, perfectly placed catch lights, period clothing, and contextual props. Some of the figures look so realistic that it’s downright eerie!

Harry Truman Wax Statue

Harry S. Truman wax figure on display at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC

President Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC

Short bios are posted near each figure, giving both familiar and unfamiliar facts about each person. This is especially useful for lesser known presidents, like James A. Garfield, who was tragically assassinated shortly after assuming office.

James Garfield Biography

Fact sheet on President James Garfield at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC

James Garfield Wax Figure

James Garfield was figure at Madame Tussauds in Washington DC

A most striking contrast can be observed in the Founding Fathers room, where the six-foot, two-inch statuesque President Thomas Jefferson is positioned near his good friend, the five-foot, four-inch frail President James Madison. Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, and Madison, father of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, were largely responsible for unifying the country under its most important founding documents; yet, they could not look more different in appearance.

Founding Father Presidents at Madame Tussauds

Wax statues of four Founding Father U.S. Presidents – John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe – at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC

Some of the modern First Ladies are presented, such as Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump.

Ronald and Nancy Reagan

Wax figures of President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC

There are also famous Civil Rights leaders represented.

Martin Luther King Jr. Wax Statue

Martin Luther King, Jr. wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC

Rosa Parks Statue

Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks wax statue at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC

Other notable entertainment, sports and media figures complete the museum. Visitors are welcome to photograph themselves with their favorite celebrities.

Michael Jackson Wax Figure

Music legend Michael Jackson’s wax statue at Madame Tussauds in Washington DC

Babe Ruth Wax Figure

Baseball legend Babe Ruth’s wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC

If you’re an American history buff, student or home schooler, this is a fun place to start learning about the U.S. Presidents, especially for those of us who are visual learners. Shake their hands and take your photo with them. It’s a fun and educational stop when visiting the nation’s capital.

Shaking Hands with Thomas Jefferson

My son shaking hands with Thomas Jefferson’s wax statue at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC

History of Madame Tussauds

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