This place is wiggidy wiggidy wax!
Did you know that Hollywood has two wax museums within a block from each other? It's a showdown between the old school Hollywood Wax Museum and the newer Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum (#62). Madam Tussaud's Museum has a lot going for it: it's bigger, the wax figures are a bit more realistic, and it's got interactive props that you can use when you pose with some of the figures. Nevertheless, there's something that I really liked about the Hollywood Wax Museum that I didn't get at Madam Tussaud's--that old Hollywood je ne sais quoi.
The Wizard of Oz cast and Johnny Depp greeted us at the entrance of the museum, followed by Charlie Chaplin and a handsome Pierce Brosnan. Next we (ok, just Brad--I was scared and waited outside!) entered the Chamber of Horrors, which had wax figures of Hannibal Lecter, Dracula and Chucky.
We then walked into the "celebrity gallery" which featured the likes of Angelina Jolie, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. It was funny standing next to each figure and seeing how small we were compared to most of them (not next to Tom Cruise though!). Some of the figures were incredibly lifelike. The winner was Samuel L. Jackson:
Harrison Ford's beard hair gets honorable mention. Brad was fascinated by how real it looked:
Daniel Craig was pretty lifelike too. He gets a fist bump:
On the other hand, some of the figures were so way off that I had to look at the sign just to figure out who they were. Fans of Jessica Alba, Will Ferrell, Antonio Banderas, Steve Carrell and Jackie Chan will be sorely disappointed.
I guess Jessica Alba's beauty is really hard to capture in wax because
Madam Tussaud's version was equally as bad as this.
As you're walking around, don't forget to read the little signs that accompany the wax figures. They give really interesting background info about the making of each of the movies.
The wax museum has great hours: 10 am to midnight, 365 days a year! Imagine how fun it would be to visit on Halloween night and walk through the Chamber of Horrors. Tickets are $13 if you buy them online, or $16 at the door. There are also discounts for children and seniors.
Another cool thing about the Hollywood Wax Museum is that they offer package deals where for just a few bucks more you can buy entry into the Guinness Book of World Records Museum and the Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, both of which are right across the street. We did the double deal and bought entry into the Guinness Museum where we saw video of the world's largest dominos display, replicas of the world's smallest and largest people, and the world's largest vegetables and fruit.
Have you been to the Hollywood Wax Museum? What did you think of it? Leave me a comment below!