The Wax Museum in San Francisco opened its doors in the summer of 2014. This new Madame Tussauds creation replaced the dark and dingy wax museum that had been in this location for years.
This wonderful addition to Fisherman's Wharf offers you the chance to take a very close look at famous athletes, entertainers, and local SF celebrities. Its open space allows you to easily stroll from statue to statue. You are also welcome to touch them if you want.
Your visit starts with a warm greeting by the man who left his heart in San Francisco, singer Tony Bennett.
Your journey continues with a look at other famous people tied to SF such as Carlos Santana, Francis Ford Coppola, and Harvey Milk. At the end of the first gallery, you also get the chance to peek inside a recreation of Al Capone's cell on Alcatraz and get a good look at this famous gangster's face.
From here, you enter the Leaders and Legends gallery. This is where you will meet the British royalty, step inside the Oval Office of the President of the USA, and be able to sit down beside Rosa Parks.
The wax figure making process is incredibly interesting and the third gallery gives you a behind the scenes look at how they do it. You see each step how they are made and the attention to detail needed to make them look so lifelike.
At this point, you head down a set of stairs and into the Sports Legends galley. This is where you will meet athletes such as Tiger Woods and San Francisco 49er legend Joe Montana.
Your visit in the Wax Museum of San Francisco then takes you into the Music Gallery. You get a chance to sing on stage with Adele and see the Beatles walking across Abbey Road.
The Iconic Film Set is located in gallery 6. This includes stars such as Steven Spielberg, Whoopi Goldberg, and Marilyn Monroe.
Your last stop is the A-List Party Gallery. It's the home of the wax statues of Jennifer Aniston, Johnny Depp, and Morgan Freeman. It is also where you will find my favorite statue of the museum, Betty White.
If you have never been to a Madame Tussauds before, the I recommend a visit. The life like sculptures are amazing. You get the chance to learn a little about each person from the plaques on the wall too.
You can also get some great pictures next to celebrities. Certain exhibits offer you the chance to throw on a few accessories for your photo shoot.
NOTE: The box office opens to sell tickets at 9am daily.
You can buy tickets at the door or in advance online. At times, you will find a limited number of tickets at up to 50% off on Goldstar.
Your tickets are valid for up to three months after purchase.
The Wax Museum in San Francisco is at 145 Jefferson Street in Fisherman's Wharf.
You can walk here from any location in the Fisherman's Wharf District. From Union Square, you can either take the F Streetcar to Jefferson and Taylor or take the Powell/Hyde or Powell/Mason cable cars to the end of the line. All drop you within a few blocks of the museum.
Pier 39: On this pier, you will find dozens of shops, restaurants, and activities for the entire family. My favorites include The Aquarium of the Bay, the 7D Experience, and the sea lions. Click here for details on these and other fun things to do on Pier 39.
Hyde Street Pier: Head over to this pier to take a look at several unique, historic ships. You can walk along the pier for free or step aboard three of these beauties for a small fee. Click here to learn more.
Bay Cruise: A visit San Francisco is not complete without a cruise around the bay. Click here to learn about the top cruises and what you will see on your journey.
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