I’ve heard of Madame Tussauds wax museum but really had no idea what to expect. Being in Nashville, several friends recommended that I check out the one at Opry Mills and I am so glad I did. This location has 16 interactive themed rooms that take you on a musical journey. You are actually encouraged to touch the figures and take pictures with them all!
When I say with them all, I mean over 60 life-like figures of iconic country, rock, pop, jazz and blues artists. I posted several photos on my social media and had people commenting wanting to know how I had met these celebs. The figures are so life-like it’s amazing. You can stand in front of them and they will bewilder you.
Here’s the other thing I like – it’s not just figures standing there – the figures are in interactive, themed rooms and many have props that you can pose with to make it truly interactive for photos. There are also informative plaques on the wall telling you about each artist. A few of the themed rooms include: WSM Studios, Ryman Stage, Nashville Recording Studio, Bluebird Cafe, Jazz Bar, Soul Lounge, MTTV, Backstage and of course the Grand Ole Opry Finale.
Take your time and have fun with the photos – be crazy, get creative. When’s the next time you are going to get to kiss Justin Beiber on the cheek, play guitar with Elvis Presley, sit next to Ozzie Osbourne or lay on the ground between Beyonce’s legs? When you share your photos on social media, share them with #madametussaudsnashville and #worldsgreatestwaxmuseum and tag Madame Tussauds.
Did you know that the museum actually does not solicit the artists to be included in the museum. The artists come to them and ask to be included and then it’s the artist that decides on how they want to be depicted. Some visitors have asked why a younger version of an artist is represented, and it has to do with the artists choice.
Something else interesting about this location is that it only includes music artists – the other locations have a variety of celebrities included in the museum. This one pays tribute to music and music only as it’s in Music City.
When we got to the end, we actually went back to the beginning and walked through again, reading about each artist. We were all about the photos the first time through, so we missed a lot of the plaques the first walk through. Don’t exit into the gift shop until you are truly done as you can’t re-enter. Enjoy everything this museum has to offer – there is a lot here!
515 Opry Mills Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
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