Thursday, February 2, 2012

House of Wax

A while ago, my mom and sister got to come up to Baltimore to visit for the weekend, which was awesome. The only way it would have been better would be if my dad had come too, but he had to miss that trip :( oh well, there's always next time, right? 

While they were here we did all sorts of fun touristy things and showed them the sights, like the Bay Bridge and Chick and Ruth's Delly and the Inner Harbor. It was a really fun visit, and I'm glad they got to come up here and see where we live. We even had some excitement when we sorta-kinda got involved in a police chase in downtown DC. But that's another story, I'm getting off track...

Before Mom and  Hannah went back home, we all got to experience something super fun, super awesome, and super touristy together...Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in DC!
I've always wanted to go to one, but could never justify the sky-high admission price. But when you find one that is home to all 44 US Presidents (plus some extra celebrities), you just have to go. Plus, some of those dudes have some crazy hair and/or creepy stares going on.

And I think one of them starred in Third Rock from the Sun. You see it too, right?

This obviously isn't all 44 right here, but you get the idea. And yes, I do realize that Ben Franklin isn't a President, but he was mixed in there with everyone else, so I'm not sure that Madame Tussaud realizes that. 

You soon realize that you can only take so many creepily lifelike photos of dead presidents, and then it's time to have some fun. We gotta get our money's worth out of that $20 admission, right?

 All of Madame Tussaud's wax figurines are true to life, so they are supposed to be exact replicas of the person. Apparently, they could've all been members of the Lollipop Guild.

"I'm sorry, Mr. Hoover! It was just a joke, I swear! I thought everyone loved the Wizard of Oz?"

 My mom, witnessing Lee surrender while wearing one of the museum's fashionable prop coats.

Of course there are lots of other fun props to be silly with, like this whole WWII set-up.

 And of course, there's nothing like a little bit of monkey-see, monkey-do:

Madame Tussaud must've realized that even something as awesome as the leader of the free world gets boring after a while, so she was nice enough to throw in some other famous people. 

Nice belt buckle.

 Way to keep it classy, Madonna.

Big Willie Style. 

Shane's new girlfriend.

Don't worry Dad, she just held his hand...

I need to put a leash on him. 

Well I guess Britney and I weren't really behaving ourselves either. 

 This was honestly the scariest thing in the museum, and the only one who was made of less wax than the original.

 Sir Elton seems to be a little less bling-tastic than usual. 

"Here's what's happening in your neck of the woods!"

Seriously, where is that leash? 

My sister, pretending she didn't used to be in love with Captain Jack.

 Of course, Madame Tussaud is an actual person, born in 1761. Her story is actually pretty interesting...

...she narrowly avoided the guillotine during the French Revolution by making wax casts of political figures, like Marie Antoinette.

 Soon though, all good things must come to an end. You'll realize that you've seen all there is to see and the only thing left is a bunch of $6 key chains in the gift shop. 

That is, until you make it to the hallway and realize there's a spare Hoover holding down the information desk. That's priceless.