Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is on the s. side of The Venetian hotel via the moving walkway that leads from the Strip to the casino entrance; follow signs. Enter this museum and you first find yourself “mingling” at a cocktail party with such Hollywood stars as Sean Connery, Johnny Depp, Liz Taylor and Angelina Jolie. None of the figures are behind ropes, so you can have your picture taken with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio or Cameron Diaz. Oprah and Larry King are here, too.
There are the usual musical suspects—Michael Jackson, Madonna, J.Lo, Elvis, Britney and Tim McGraw—as well as recent additions Justin Bieber, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. Sports stars include Shaquille O'Neal, Tiger Woods and Evel Knievel. Vegas legends run the gamut from old school—Bob Hope, Liberace, Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, Debbie Reynolds and the Rat Pack—to stars of today, like Criss Angel and Celine Dion. And yes, President Barack Obama is in the Spirit of America room, along with John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Benjamin Franklin.
Three particularly popular exhibits are Club Tussauds, where anyone can party with the stars in a sleek, ultra-lounge setting, The Hangover Bar and Viva Vegas, which showcases the culture, vibe and personalities that have helped and continue to make Las Vegas the worldwide attraction it is today. The Marvel Comics character-themed 4-D theater also is part of the attraction.