- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Madame Tussauds, the new wax museum in the District, plans to lower its ticket prices, citing the poor economy and the rising cost of travel. Ticket prices will be cut almost in half for adults who live in the District, Maryland and Virginia.

The new ticket prices, which go into effect tomorrow, are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for children under 12. Residents of the District, Maryland and Virginia will get an additional discount, making tickets $13 for adults and seniors and $9 for children under 12.

Proof of residency will be required.

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    Tussauds, which opened in October, is lowering ticket prices because of the rising cost of gas, food and travel, the museum said today. Tickets used to cost $25 for adults, $18 for children and $23 for seniors.

    “The new fee structure reflects consumer opinion on what is considered an acceptable cost in todays economic climate in the Washington, D.C., area,” the museum said.

    The Washington area poses a lot of competition for a new museum, whether its focus is education, entertainment or both. The Newseum, the news museum affiliated with the Freedom Forum, opened earlier this month on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. The National Museum of Crime and Punishment is scheduled to open later this month may in Penn Quarter. Both charge admission fees.

    The price change makes the D.C. location Madame Tussauds’ cheapest U.S. location. Tussauds also has museums in Las Vegas and New York, where adult tickets cost $24 and $29, respectively.

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