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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. Tickets at the box office on the day of visit are approximately $7 more.
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.
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 Silver Level admission to Madame Tussauds. Also, you get to arrive 1 hour before the general public! (Mission Undead is available for an added fee).
Holders of this pass get free Silver Level admission to Madame Tussauds which includes VIP skip-the-line entry.
This pass includes Madame Tussauds (Silver Level) as one of the attractions you can choose in your pass.
Bus Tour and Boat Tour Combination Tickets
Below are the Combo Tickets that include Madame Tussauds and a Bus or Boat tour:
FREE Boat Cruise with your Madame Tussauds ticket (online purchase only).
Other ways to save
TIP: For more ideas on saving money in NYC, read our posts about:
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 Mision: Undead Experience.
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 Mission: Undead Experience.
Negative comments are generally about the same issues: fewer wax figures than expected and figures did not look realistic.
Some reviewers didn’t like the pressured ‘sales pitch’ by staff to have a professional photo taken with certain figures that are then made available for you to 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.
If you prefer to explore on your own, take a look at our GPS audio tours of Midtown Manhattan and Grand Central Station.
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.
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 Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, George Washington, 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. You’ll also meet some of TV’s biggest stars!
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.
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
Marvel Super Heroes 4D Experience brings some of Marvel’s most beloved superheroes to life in multi-sensory fun in a specially-themed area with wax figures of your favorite Marvel heroes.
The “Avengers” 3-D show in a 4D state of the art surround sound 120 seating theater that is one of the most popular features of Madame Tussauds.
Hang from the ceiling with Spider-Man and feel the Incredible Hulk’s mighty squeeze. Inside Marvel’s Secret Command Center, you’ll have a chance to feel what it’s like to have superpowers.
TIP: If you like super heroes, check out our Self-guided Super Hero tour of NYC.
Mission: Undead! (included only in the Gold and Platinum ticket packages)
This experience was added in 2018 has been a hit with visitors! Immerse yourself in an interactive 7D multi-sensory gaming experience.
The innovative technology makes you feel as if you are in the same world as the zombies you are trying to destroy with your laser weapons.
With this all-around sensory immersion, you will feel like you are on a roller-coaster, feel the wind in your hair and the thrill of saving the world from zombies!
NOTE: To be admitted to Mission: Undead 7D Experience at least 36 inches tall. This experience may not be suited for children. Watch the video when deciding if this experience is right for your child.