AAA Editor Notes
Madame Tussauds San Francisco is at 145 Jefferson St., at Fisherman's Wharf. Likenesses of Morgan Freeman and Johnny Depp stand at the entrance of this franchise's San Francisco outpost; inside are two floors of themed exhibits, from historical figures (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks) and presidents (George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama) to today's tech wizards (Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg).
You'll see current pop stars like Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Adele, musicians associated with San Francisco (Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana), sports greats (Babe Ruth, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Jeremy Lin) and individuals with a connection to the city's history (19th-century pioneer and gold prospector John Sutter, gay activist and politician Harvey Milk, Alcatraz inmate Al Capone).
As is often the case at wax museums, half the fun is deciding who looks like the real thing and who doesn't. Michael Jackson, portrayed in his “Thriller” phase, and Jimi Hendrix appear pretty lifelike; a latter-day Madonna (from her 2012 MDNA tour) is less convincing. In addition to critiquing the notables, you can also create a wax cast of your hand.