SF Weekly Leonardo DiCaprio in all his wax glory at Madame Tussauds
Although known as one of San Francisco's most family friendly and tourist heavy areas, Fisherman's Wharf is actually pretty quirky. Between the constant magic shows at Pier 39 and street performers selling everything from spray-paint art to karaoke renditions of classic songs -- the Wharf isn't exactly normal. Adding to the quirk was the Ripley's Believe It Or Not and the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf, which closed in August 2013. But never fear -- they're being replaced by a Madame Tussauds in a few months.
History lesson time! Madame Tussauds is named after Marie Tussaud, who began learning wax modeling from her mentor, Dr. Philippe Curtius, in Paris in the late 1880s. Back in the day -- as in, in the 18th and 19th centuries --Tussaud was well known for her wax depictions of Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin.More »