There’s nothing like getting up close and personal with the stars. That is why one of my favourite things to do in San Francisco is to visit Madame Tussauds. Having been to locations in Las Vegas and Washington, DC before, I was excited to visit one of the newest Madame Tussauds locations in the world. Opened in 2014, Madame Tussauds San Francisco is located right in Fisherman’s Wharf and features wax figures of famous figures from movies, music, politics, popular culture and sport. Here is a look at my experience at Madame Tussads recently.
Disclosure: I received complimentary admission to Madame Tussauds San Francisco as media.
Some of the notable figures that I saw in the music section include Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Elvis, Adele, and Rihanna.
It’s a fact that I’ve always loved Leonardo Dicaprio. Other Madame Tussauds locations that I had been to didn’t have him at their location so it was particularly exciting to stand close to him (well, his wax figure at least).
And I love, love, love Audrey Hepburn. She is the epitome of classic Hollywood. This reminded me of the time where I stayed at Brookside Inn in Abbotsford and they had a themed-breakfast room called “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
You can also share a ride with the most lovable ET.
In the sports section, you can find figures like Serena Williams, Stephen Curry and Jeremy Lin.
The Spirit of San Francisco
Madame Tussauds San Francisco also has a special area dedicated to the spirit of San Francisco featuring wax figures of local artists, musicians and activists from the city’s past. I particularly liked seeing the Giant Fishnet Stocking Legs at Haight-Ashbury and the Golden Gate Bridge.
They also included a figure of Harvey Milk who was an American politician to become the first openly gay person to be elected for public office in California. This inclusion was a nice touch as the fight for social justice continues to rage on.
They also have some mock Alcatraz cells for you to explore. Check out Alcatraz Prisoner “Cool Dude” – a mother’s dream come true!
And if you’re an Obama fan, you’ll find him in the leaders section next to Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.
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One great way to see multiple attractions like Madame Tussauds in San Francisco but at a discount is to get a Sightseeing Pass. The Sightseeing Pass is an attraction pass that allows customers to create their own sightseeing tour with an unlimited admission to the popular landmarks. You can simply purchase the pass online and keep it on their phone or buy it in person and receive a card.
For San Francisco, the passes are sold based on number of attractions that you want to visit (like 3 – 6 attractions) or duration of the pass (like 1 – 5 days). Popular attractions that have partnered with Sightseeing Pass include Aquarium of the Bay, Golden Gate Park Guided Bike Tour, City Sightseeing Night Tour, 1 Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour, and Madame Tussauds San Francisco.
For 3 attractions, the Sightseeing Pass is $69 whereas for 6 attractions the cost is $97.30 ($41.70 savings). A one day pass is $69 whereas a 5 day pass is $139 ($60 savings).
Madame Tussauds San Francisco
Address: 145 Jefferson St #600, San Francisco, CA