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MADAME TUSSAUDS WASHINGTON D.C. DEBUTS ITS $2 MILLION-PLUS U.S. PRESIDENTS GALLERY FEATURING WAX FIGURES OF ALL 44 U.S. PRESIDENTS

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Concluding more than a year of preparation and planning, the ultimate three-dimensional tribute to America’s history and its commanders-in-chief is now a reality as Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. today announced that its $2 million-plus U.S. Presidents Gallery—which houses wax figures of all 44 U.S. Presidents—has opened its doors.  Just in time for Presidents Day, the Gallery is the only place in the world where people can see and interact with all 44 U.S. Presidents.

The Gallery is a brand new, permanent exhibit displaying all 44 U.S. Presidents in an exciting, educational and interactive environment—joining the attraction’s many other Hollywood, sports and historical icons.  Comprised of 14 highly themed immersive rooms, throughout the experience guests will learn about the history of the United States of America through the lives of its iconic leaders.
Heralding their arrival in Washington D.C., wax figures of all 44 U.S. Presidents were gathered at Union Station by Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. to celebrate the launch of its U.S. Presidents Gallery – debuting at the attraction on Thursday, February 17, 2011. With the opening of the $2 million-plus Gallery, Madame Tussauds D.C. will be the only place in the world where people can see and interact with all 44 U.S. Presidents. (Photo Credit: Jim Sulley/Newscast for Madame Tussauds D.C.) (PRNewsFoto/Madame Tussauds Washington D.C., Jim Sulley)
From the Gallery’s Founding Fathers and Civil War Rooms to the World War II and Lunar Landing Rooms, a wide variety of educational and interactive experiences await guests, including: joining George Washington in his boat crossing the Delaware River; sitting next to Franklin D. Roosevelt to hear a fireside chat; and standing alongside Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during a black & white transmission from the moon’s surface.
In anticipation of the opening of the Presidents Gallery, figures of Presidents have been popping up across the country.  Throughout the last year, figures have been sighted at locations including the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, MI;  the Independence Visitor Center in Philadelphia, PA; and at the Mount Rushmore Memorial in South Dakota. A lighthearted video of the Mount Rushmore visit can be viewed at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.’s Facebook and YouTube pages.  Most recently, celebrating their arrival to Washington D.C., figures of all 44 U.S. Presidents were gathered at D.C.’s Union Station for a unique, class-photo-styled Presidential group shot.
In conjunction with the Gallery debut, Madame Tussauds D.C. has also launched a microsite dedicated to the U.S. Presidents Gallery, located at http://dcpresidentsgallery.com/.  The site provides additional information on the Gallery and the Presidents, as well as a variety of different resources that allow visitors to expand on the Gallery experience.
As a rich educational resource, the Gallery includes a curriculum focused on the history of the U.S. Presidents.  The new curriculum was designed to empower educators with tools to deliver exciting lessons in areas such as history, political science, social studies and media – before and after visiting the attraction.

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Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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