Opened in August 2009, Madame Tussauds Hollywood has instant landmark status due initially to its location, abutting the famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. The Hollywood site is the 9th location for the Madame Tussauds wax museums, started as a touring exhibit from France in the late 1700s and established as a permanent museum in London in 1835. Over the last 200 years, the museums have provided a commentary on the notoriety and celebrity of the time, from famous criminals to political figures.
In Hollywood, it's all about the stars. From the red carpet in the entryway, where Joan Rivers waits to interview visitors, to the Academy Award exhibit, celebrity actors, singers, athletes and directors are showcased in Hollywood glitz and glamor.