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This post can help plan your visit to Madame Tussauds New York, as we include ticket prices along with discounts and deals on tickets, advice on what are the best times to go, what you can expect to see and how much time you should set aside for your visit.
Prices listed below are for online purchases. You can buy tickets at the box office on the same day you want to visit but will pay about $6 more per person.
DISCOUNTS AND DEALS
There are so many ways to save money on visiting Madame Tussauds or to buy a combination ticket or tourist pass that includes Madame Tussauds. Always check the “combo” section of the Madame Tussauds Ticket Page.
If you are not sure if you should get a tourist pass, read our post, New York City Attraction Passes: Which One Is Best?
Tourist Passes that include Madame Tussauds
Holders of this pass get free admission to Madame Tussauds. Also, you get to arrive 1 hour before the general public! (Ghostbusters: Dimension Hyper-Reality Experience is available for an added fee)
Holders of this pass get a free admission to Madame Tussauds
This pass includes Madame Tussauds as one of the attractions you can choose in your pass. (Ghostbusters: Dimension Hyper-Reality Experience and Marvel 4D Experience are available for an added fee).
Bus Tour and Boat Tour Combination Tickets
Below are the Combo Tickets that include Madame Tussauds and a Bus or Boat tour:
This package includes:
This package includes:
FREE Boat Cruise with your Madame Tussauds ticket (purchase online only).
Other ways to save
TIP: For more ideas on saving money in NYC, read our posts about:
PLAN YOUR VISIT
The below information includes hours, ticket prices, directions and other helpful tips to make your visit a smooth and enjoyable one.
Madame Tussauds is located at 234 W 42nd St between 7th and 8th Aves.
Take the M57, M16, M11, M27, M42 or M104 buses. They all stop within a few blocks from Madame Tussauds.
Click on this Google map link to get exact directions from your departure point to Madame Tussauds.
WHEN TO GO
Madame Tussauds is open 365 days a year. See their calendar for dates when hours are expanded, such as holiday season in December.
What is the best time to go?
Madame Tussauds tends to be the least crowded on Mondays and Tuesdays in the morning. It is busiest every day between 1 pm and 5 pm. Weekends are especially busy.
To avoid crowds the best times to go are, ironically, on a sunny day, since most tourists would rather be outside and save indoor attractions as rainy day backups.
You can also go late in the evening making for a fun night out in NYC! In fact, Madame Tussauds is one of our picks for things to do in NYC at night.
How long can I expect to wait in line?
During busy seasons (i.e. holidays and summer), the wait can be up to an hour. Again, try to go early in the day to avoid the wait.
How much time will I need to see everything?
It will take you about an hour or two, depending on your own pace and how many famous figures you want to say hello to and pose with for a photo. Add on a bit of extra time if you are taking the Marvel 4D Experience or the Ghostbusters: Dimension features.
OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION
Can I take photographs or videos?
Yes (except for special exhibits). You may want to have a flash handy since some of the exhibits are dim with the figures in the spotlight. If you are using a selfie stick aim your camera in line with models eyes. Your pictures will be much more realistic.
Will children enjoy this attraction?
Elementary school-age kids, tweens, and teens will love Madame Tussauds. It is fun, exciting, lively and interactive. However, chances are toddlers may be a bit overwhelmed or even scared.
Food and Gift Shops
They do have a food and snack shop called Dylan’s Candy, but it is quite overpriced. Eat before you go! There are two gift shops, one in the middle of the museum, and one at the end.
Can I take large bags or luggage to Madame Tussauds?
No. For security reasons, large bags or luggage are not permitted to be left with Madame Tussauds staff. Smaller bags are permitted and are subject to search upon entry.
TIP: To find a place where you can temporarily store your larger bags, see our post Where to Store Luggage in New York City.
Madame Tussauds has a solid 4-star rating on TripAdvisor based on over 5,800 reviews. Approximately 75% of guests rated Madame Tussauds as “Excellent” or “Very Good.” Words like “amazing”, “awesome”, “fantastic” and “fun” appear hundreds of times in reviews. Guests were amazed by how “realistic” and “lifelike” the wax figures looked.
Many guests loved the fact that you could pose for photos with the figures – and pose in pretty much any way you wanted. Numerous reviews state how wonderful the staff was, going so far as to mention them by name! Reviewers rave about the Marvel 4D Experience and the two different Ghostbusters exhibits.
Negative comments reflect the same themes: there were not as many wax figures expected or that the figures did not look realistic. Many of these reviewers had previously visited the original Madame Tussauds in London, thus they were comparing New York to their prior experience and so not giving New York’s Madame Tussauds a fair chance.
People said that they had to wait on line too long for what they felt was too short an experience. Lastly, many people didn’t like the ‘sales pitch’ by staff to have a professional photo taken certain figures that are then made available for purchase. Overall, it appears that a visit to Madame Tussauds is likely worth it if you are interested in celebrities and love taking goofy photos!
THINGS TO DO NEARBY
Since you will only need a few hours for your visit to Madame Tussauds, take the time to discover more about the area. Consider joining us for a pay-what-you-wish tour of Midtown Manhattan Tour or Grand Central Terminal.
If you prefer to explore on your own, take a look at our GPS audio tours of Midtown Manhattan and Grand Central Station. We also have a printable self-guided tour of Midtown Manhattan and self-guided Grand Central Station Tour.
Our post, Things to do in Times Square, has dozens of things to do nearby as well as suggestions for shopping, eating, and kid-friendly activities.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR VISIT
You can expect to have a great time! That’s because it’s not just a museum with wax figures simply standing there in a row for you to walk by and look at. The figures are displayed in their ‘natural habitat’ lending an additional sense of realism. Madame Tussauds isn’t for everyone though.
If you aren’t interested in seeing lifelike replicas of celebrities, then don’t go. But if you’ve ever dreamed of standing next to Justin Timberlake or Eli Manning, this is probably as close as you will get in your lifetime.
There are several sets where you can get up close and interact with the figure, for example, hop on a bike with ET, the Extraterrestrial or be a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”.
TIP: If you want to see the real Jimmy Fallon, attend a live taping! See our post The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to find out how.
Upon entry, an elevator takes you up to the 5th floor where King Kong greets you with an open hand…or should we say paw? Either way, hop on and take a photo with the big guy! Afterward, make your way into the main exhibit space starting with an A-List party!
Opening Night Party
Join the party of the century in a glamorous hall where stars are standing throughout the room, waiting for you to come up and say hi. Rub shoulders with award winners like Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johannsson, Brad Pitt & Johnny Depp. Get the latest gossip and mix and mingle with the world’s most famous A-listers.
History and Leaders Gallery
This stately circular hall contains political leaders and influential figures of the past few centuries. You’ll see George Washington, Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. and dozens more.
This hall showcases pop culture icons in chronological order. Start off with film stars from the early days of Hollywood like Charlie Chaplin and Boris Karloff. Move onto modern times with John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean. Of course, Elvis is there!
Now’s your chance to dance the night away under the bright lights with some of the most iconic musical icons!
Film and TV
This space features great movie stars on sets of one of their best-known movies. Dressed in character you’ll see Whoopi Goldberg as she was in Sister Act, Daniel Craig as James Bond, Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones, and more. Then you’ll meet some of TV’s biggest stars!
Challenge Carmelo Anthony on the court, box it out with Evander Holyfield, pitch a curveball to Derek Jeter and call a play with Eli Manning. See how you measure up to some of the biggest legends in sports history.
Kong: Skull Island
Head off on a journey into the tropical and infamous Skull Island. There you must evade the traps of colossal petrifying spiders and find artifacts from the film. Then join Captain James Conrad (aka Tom Hiddleston) before coming face to face with the enormous, multi-sensory animatronic KONG!
As you make your way through an elaborate set from a subway track to the Ghostbusters Headquarters, virtual simulation allows you to experience elements of the movie firsthand. This is a fun multi-sensory, all-immersive experience and you’ll have lots of opportunities to pose with your favorite Ghostbusters and play with props as well. Note: It will take approximately 10-20 minutes to walk through.
Marvel Super Heroes 4D Experience (you must buy either a Gold or Platinum ticket to access this experience)
Marvel Super Heroes 4D Experience brings some of Marvel’s most beloved superheroes to life in multi-sensory fun including interactive themed areas, wax figures, and a Marvel Super Heroes 4D film adventure. Inside Marvel’s Secret Command Center, you’ll have a chance to feel what it’s like to have superpowers.
Hang from the ceiling with Spider-Man and feel the Incredible Hulk’s mighty squeeze. Then watch the “Avengers” 3-D show in a 4D state of the art surround sound 120 seating theater. Reviewers rave about the Marvel experience, and say it is absolutely worth the additional ticket cost!
Ghostbusters: Dimension Hyper Reality Experience (included only in the Platinum ticket).
This unique exhibit was created by THE VOID, experts in virtual reality entertainment. Here, you’ll be fitted with a virtual reality headset and other gear and then enter into a virtual reality environment that enables you to experience what it is like to be a Ghostbuster.
In your Ghostbuster jumpsuit, armed with your very own proton pack and gun, you can track and trap a supernatural foe as you make your way through a set that resembles a New York apartment complex.
Note: It will take you 10-15 minutes to go through the attraction. This does not include the wait time to enter it. Dimension only allows three people at once so expect some wait time before you can begin. Madame Tussauds says on their website that there are only minimal wait times depending on how many people are in the attraction.
TIP: For die-hard Ghostbusters fans, be sure to read our Top Ten Ghostbusters Locations post!