Among the Stars at Madame Tussaud's

(Originally Posted: April 27, 2014)

TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK, NY- Almost two weeks ago was spring break. No, I didn't fly out on vacation somewhere, but I did get to have fun with Alondra and Gilberto at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Times Square. For those of you who have no idea what Madame Tussaud's is, it's a museum where celebrities, politicians, world leaders, and historical figures are on display and made out of wax. The figures are really life like and you can take photos. There is also a 4-D movie free with admission. Madame Tussaud’s have various locations around the world. It had been six years since I last went there, so a lot changed, which was great because I don't like predictable exhibitions.

Alondra was excited to see many of her favorite bands and celebrities like the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Whitney Houston, and Taylor Lautner. Gilberto had a ball with Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston, Tony Bennet, Jimmy Hendrix and a few sports figures. I was honored to see Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Justin Timberlake (before and after N'SYNC).

The Marvel 4-D experience was awesome. Wax figures of the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and Nick Fury were on display (Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye are in the Hollywood location). The 4-D movie was entertaining. All of the Avengers including Spider Man had to fight Loki and the Frost Giants. We got to experience the whole battle.

The only thing I will say that the museum lacked was Latinx figures. Where are the leaders and celebrities in our culture? When I last visited Madame Tussauds's six years ago, I remember seeing Salma Hayek, Gloria Estefan, Shakira, Cesar Chavez, and Jennifer Lopez. I understand there are some in different locations like Sofia Vergara, but is that it? What about legends that have changed the world like Marc Anthony, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Frida Kahol? Where are their figures? Just something to think about.

Photos: Gilberto E. Burgos and Rosa Elena Burgos

Update: Madame Tussaud’s have now added Latinx figures like Selena and Frida Kahlo.

Last updated: June 25, 2019