A Star-Studded Experience 11

Get up-close-and-personal with your favorite musicians at Madame Tussauds Nashville.

If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with your favorite celebrities without looking like a crazed fan, well, you just might be in luck.

Madame Tussauds, the world-renowned attraction known for its impeccably realistic wax figures, is opening its doors in Nashville. This location will be the brand’s first themed attraction, and in this tuneful town, the theme is—of course—music. The attraction will feature celebrities from all musical genres, but more than half of the folks you’ll see are country music stars.

Madame Tussauds Nashville, which will open on April 14, chose to be close to the Opry so they could honor the history of the venue and its importance in music as we know it today. Of course, you’ll see plenty of Opry legends inside.

“Minnie Pearl is probably one of the most life-like figures we have,” said Marketing Manager for the Nashville location, Mindy Powell-Hardy. Once you’ve danced a jig alongside Minnie’s joyous figure, you can say, “Howdeeeee!” to replicas of superstars Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Little Jimmy Dickens.

Although the location will certainly honor the voices of the past, wax figures of current country superstars will be inside the interactive attraction, too. You can take a selfie with Luke Bryan, belt out a tune with Carrie Underwood, or play a mad air guitar solo with Keith Urban.

“We encourage our guests to interact with their favorite figures, and really step into the music,” says Powell-Hardy. “This will be a completely immersive experience. We have a jazz bar, a soul lounge, a concert t-shirt design experience, and even a recording studio inside!”

The process of opening the attraction has taken time, countless sets of hands, and extensive prep work. Powell-Hardy said that research is important to determining which celebrity figures guests would like to see in the Nashville location—but choosing people to feature is only the very first step in the extensive process of making them into a wax figure.

“From beginning to end, there are at least 20 specialized artists involved in making one figure,” she said. From choosing the pose, to taking extensive measurements, to meticulously crafting the figure, the entire process takes roughly five months. Sculptors and artists use more than 300 pounds of clay for each figure, and to make the wax replicas as life-like as possible, every individual hair on a figure’s head is inserted by hand.

Although Madame Tussauds wanted to showcase important people in country music, the Nashville location will also feature celebs from other genres. Jazz will make an appearance with a figure of Billie Holiday, and folk fans will be glad to see Bob Dylan. Current megastars Beyoncé and Taylor Swift will also be a part of the experience alongside historic legends Elvis Presley and Louis Armstrong. The attraction will have more than 50 figures in total, with half of them being brand new, never-before-created figures.

No matter what kind of music gets you tapping your foot, you don’t want to miss your favorite musical legends at the very first musical themed Madame Tussauds attraction here in the Music City.