Where to See and Touch U.S. Presidents
The $2 million-plus project will debut on February 17, just in time for Presidents Day.
"As the only place in the world where people will be able to meet and interact with all 44 U.S. presidents, history buffs, students and the general public alike will enjoy a truly unique and enriching education experience at the Gallery," says the museum's manager, Dan Rogoski, in a press release.
Madame Tussauds says each wax figure takes three to four months to complete, and in order to make the sculptures as lifelike as possible artists have studies hundreds of photographs and hours of video--if available. In some cases, artists had to rely solely on paintings and historical accounts of the president.
Several of the already completed wax presidents have been popping up at events around the country. President Gerald Ford showed up to what would have been his 97th anniversary party at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, and founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson stopped by the Independence Visitor Center in Philadelphia for Independence Day.
Washington and Jefferson also joined Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln on a road trip to Mt. Rushmore for the anniversary of the monument's completion. Watch a humorous video of the presidential journey below:
Madame Tussauds Washington DC is within walking distance of the National Mall and White House. Other figures carved in wax include the Jonas Brothers, Michael Jackson, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Babe Ruth.
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