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Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum
See life-like replicas of your favorite celebrities & visit Ripley's Believe It or Not, too!
In the slide show above, you're viewing life-like wax statues of celebrities from Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum in the Dallas-Ft Worth Metroplex. A second Louis Tussaud's museum in Texas can be enjoyed across from The Alamo, in San Antonio. What can you do at Louis Tussaud's? Find out here!
What is Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum?
Is Louis Tussaud's related to Madame Tussaud's wax museums?
Most people have heard of the famous Madame Tussaud and the chain of wax museums which bear her name. (You may have already read the Madame Tussaud's Las Vegas page of this website...or visited this fun, interactive wax museum on a visit to Nevada.)
Then, who is Louis Tussaud? Is he related?
Yes, Louis Tussaud was related to Madame Tussaud; he was her great grandson. (He has now passed.) In a family argument over the waxworks business, Louis set off on his own and founded his own series of museums, beginning with Niagara Falls in 1959.
There are many similarities between the Madame Tussaud's and Louis Tussaud's wax museums. Wax versions of the same celebrities are often showcased. Newer wax statues at both places look astoundingly as if they could be real.
Through the years, technology has improved in the waxworks business just like it has in other fields. Older statues, which in their heyday were "state of the art" now look tired and fake by comparison to newer ones. At Madame Tussaud's in Las Vegas, you won't get a chance to compare older & newer wax statues side by side...because only the newer wax figures are on display. This gives Madame Tussaud's a "wow factor" when you first step inside and see what looks like a room full of world-famous celebrities! Wax figures are available for posing with the guests...and some of the settings can be quite elaborate.
At Louis Tussaud's wax museum, a philosophy of "the more, the merrier" is the order of the day. Older statues stand adjacent to newer ones, and the difference is obvious. You can pose and take snapshots with some of the wax figures; and others remain behind ropes and "hands off," like museums have traditionally displayed their collections. In the end, you will see more statues in total at Louis Tussaud's. Both wax museums are worth paying a visit, and the experience will be different at each one.
What celebrity lookalikes will you see at Louis Tussauds?
The list of celebrity wax figures at Louis Tussaud's wax museum in greater Dallas, Texas includes the following notable artists and fictional characters (in alphabetical order)---
Batman (Michael Keaton,) Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone,) Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer,) Sammy Davis Jr, Johnny Depp (picture above,) Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, Hermione Granger, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks,) Dustin Hoffman, the Joker, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jennifer Lopez, Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dr. Phil, Brad Pitt, Harry Potter, Julia Roberts, Frank Sinatra, Britney Spears (picture above,) Star Trek crew (original cast members,) Three Stooges, Denzel Washington, John Wayne, Oprah Winfrey, Wizard of Oz characters, Tiger Woods.
Louis Tussaud's Palace of Wax: other galleries
Modern singers, actors and movie characters aren't the only wax look-alikes at Louis Tussaud's museum. Once you've seen the celebrity wax figures, your visit to the Palace of Wax is only beginning! Here are other galleries you'll enjoy during your visit:
HALL OF PRESIDENTS: All of the US presidents are represented in this display. Because some of the Tussaud's scenes (such as this one) bring history "to life," this museum is a place where local school children come with their classes on field trips!
FREEDOM'S JOURNEY GALLERY: Political figures through from the era of the Magna Carta up through today are represented here. Scenes include the signing of the Constitution; Civil War figures; Abraham Lincoln; and Martin Luther King, Jr.
WILD WEST GALLERY: Scenes of the Old West are where you'll find wax replicas of Wyatt Earp, Geronimo, Wild Bill Hickok, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Bat Masterson, Annie Oakley, and Belle Starr. At the San Antonio location, you'll see wax replicas of the heroes of the Alamo.
OTHER FAMOUS FIGURES: Other people who have influenced the world for good...or for evil...can be found at the museum. These include George Washington Carver, Leonardo da Vinci, Walt Disney, Gandhi, Adolph Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Khomeini, Nelson Mandela, infamous Roman emperor Nero, nurse Florence Nightingale, Joseph Stalin and Mother Teresa.
LIFE OF CHRIST: Scenes at Louis Tussaud's depict the birth and ministry of Jesus. Inspirational passages from the Sermon on the Mount are played, and you may sit on a bench and linger for awhile.
CLASSIC CHILDREN'S STORIES: Several vignettes from famous fairy tales & kids stories feature wax characters of Captain Hook, Cinderella, Gepetto, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Rapunzel, Rip Van Winkle and Sleeping Beauty.
Chamber of Horrors at Louis Tussaud's
Horror movie characters will scare you silly!
The Chamber of Horrors is an optional area at Louis Tussaud's wax museum. You may skip it entirely; it's plainly labeled so that you won't wander through by accident.
But IF you go...make sure you're with a group! This is no gallery where you'll want to be alone in the dark by yourself!
Alien and Predator (pictures to your left and right) are two of the tamer figures in the Tussaud's Chamber of Horrors gallery.
You'll also meet up with Dracula, Frankenstein, Freddy Krueger, Hannibal Lecter, and other creepy, grizzly and frightening characters.
The gallery is dimly lit, and you may think to yourself more than once, "I hope they don't close the museum while I'm in here, 'cause I wouldn't want to stay here alone all night!"
Ripley's Believe It or Not and other Ripley's attractions
2 other attractions share the building with Louis Tussaud's in San Antonio
Ripley's Believe It or Not museum and a fun 4D Moving Theater are 2 other attractions you can enjoy when you visit Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum in San Antonio. At the Dallas location, you'll find a Ripley's museum, a Mirror Maze and a "laser race."
What's inside Ripley's Believe It or Not? It would be hard to describe the museum's collections, because each item varies so widely from other items in the museum. To sum it up, it's an assortment of the strange, the unusual, and things you don't see every day.
The museum's modern interior is divided into separate themed galleries. Most exhibits require reading little blurbs posted beside each object, but there are also a few videos and interactive exhibits, as well.
At one point, you'll go through a wind tunnel (optional) that's meant to depict the fury of Tornado Alley. Another fun exhibit is a spinning tunnel, themed to a lava-spewing volcano.
But, when they provide you with a mirror so you can practice rolling your tongue, BEWARE! People passing by the other side can see your every move!
Louis Tussaud's and Ripley's discount coupons
Cheaper Tussaud's/Ripley's tickets by using coupons on brochures
You should have no trouble locating discount coupons for Louis Tussaud's wax museum or Ripley's Believe It or Not.
Both Texas locations are situated near tourist attractions to which out-of-town visitors flock (Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, and The Alamo & RiverWalk in San Antonio.)
Hotel tourist brochure coupons: Every hotel which offers brochures will have probably have discount coupons for these attractions. Quite naturally, the brochures for Ripley's/Tussaud's has a coupon. But, you'll also find them in other places, as well. For example, you can find maps of San Antonio and Arlington, Texas which have ads and coupons printed on them.
www.VisitSanAntonio.com: You can get coupons for discounts to San Antonio tourist attractions on this website. You might have to register with your personal information (name & address, but no credit info) in order to see which coupons are available at the time you need them.
www.Arlington.org coupon page: You'll find coupons to various fun attractions in the Arlington area at the Arlington, Texas official website. You'll SOMETIMES find coupons for a Ripley's Believe It or Not & Tussaud's wax museum combo ticket...and sometimes not.
Grand Prairie, Texas website: You can find a coupon for the Combo Ticket (along with hotel, restaurant & other attraction discounts) on the www.GPTexas.com website. If you have a printer, you may print up the coupon-filled Grand Prairie tourist's brochure instantly. If you don't have a printer, you may request that a brochure be mailed to your house. Heck, you don't even need to have a computer to get your coupons: call Grand Prairie's tourism dept. at 1-800-288-8386 to request the brochure by phone!
Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum address, hours, contact information
Here's how to find both the Dallas and the San Antonio wax museum locations
1.) Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum, Dallas-Ft Worth area---
The Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum phone number is 972/263-2391. The Ripley's Believe it or Not phone number is also 972/263-2391.
Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum hours of operation: Both Ripley's and Louis Tussaud's wax museum are open 363 days each year, closing only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Opening time is 10 am all year long, but closing time varies depending on how busy the attraction expects to be. (In other words, the closing time is later during school vacation periods and some holidays.) Please consult the attraction's website for hours on the specific day you plan to visit (link below.)
The Louis Tussaud's wax museum address is 601 Palace Parkway, Grand Prairie, Texas 75050. (The Ripley's Believe It or Not museum address is the same.) This convenient location is directly to the north of I-30, in plain view of the freeway. Directions: From Interstate 30, take the Belt Line Road exit and head north to Palace Parkway, which you'll follow to the museum's entrance drive. Here's a Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum near Six Flags Over Texas.
Dallas/Ft Worth website for Louis Tussaud's and Ripley's Believe it or Not: Although there are 2 locations in Texas, each location maintains its own website instead of sharing. So, if you're planning a visit to the Dallas-area wax museum, you'll want to use the museum's www.PalaceOfWax.com website. For the San Antonion location's website, see the paragraph below.
2.) Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum, San Antonio---
The San Antonio Ripley's Believe it or Not and Louis Tussaud's wax museum phone number is 210/224-9299 (WAXX.)
Louis Tussaud's/Ripley's hours of operation: The San Antonio Louis Tussaud's & Ripley's attractions open at 10 am daily. Closing time varies; please check the official website for specific info about open hours on the day you plan to visit (link below.)
The San Antonio Ripley's and Louis Tussaud's address is: 301 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205 (this location is at Alamo Plaza & Crockett...right near the famous Alamo in Downtown San Antonio!) Directions: from I-37, take the E Commerce St exit and head west to Alamo Plaza street. Here's a Google map to the Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum and Ripley's across from the Alamo in San Antonio.
The San Antonio Louis Tussaud's website: Both Ripley's Believe it or not and the Tussaud's wax museum share a website. It's www.PlazaWaxMuseum.com