DC wax museum to open Presidents Gallery in 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new Presidents Gallery is slated to open at the Madame Tussauds wax museum in Washington just before President’s Day.

The museum announced Monday that its revamped $2 million-plus attraction will open Feb. 17 as the only place visitors can see and touch all 44 U.S. Presidents.

The museum is pushing Chief Executives over pop stars after the attraction hadn’t drawn as many paying visitors as planned. The Presidents Gallery was originally slated to open by November but was delayed.

Artists are creating new wax figures of 28 U.S. Presidents for the museum.

Some have already debuted at other locations. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln recently took a road trip to Mount Rushmore for the monument’s 69th anniversary.

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