Wax Figure Exhibit of U.S. Presidents Opening

By: BRETT ZONGKER - Associated Press Writer
By: BRETT ZONGKER - Associated Press Writer
A new gallery opening in Washington will show figures of all the U.S. presidents together in the nation

A wax figure of a smiling US President-elect Barack Obama, left, is in a window display of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum as workers place a figure of George W. Bush with suitcases outside the building in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009. Five days prior to his inauguration, Obama's figure was also unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London, Berlin, New York and Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Evert Elzinga)

A new gallery opening in Washington will show figures of all the U.S. presidents together in the nation's capital for the first time.

Madame Tussauds wax museum opens a $2 million revamped attraction Thursday. It hopes to increase its appeal to tourists and school groups by pushing presidents over pop stars.

Tussauds created 28 new wax presidents, many based on paintings
or historical accounts when photos weren't available.

There's a stately John Adams seated in the "Founding Father's" gallery, as well as the shortest president, James Madison who stood
five-feet-four-inches tall.

Each commander in chief has a historical setting. Former President George W. Bush is in a new 9/11 remembrance gallery, while President Barack Obama is in a replica of the Oval Office.

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