SpongeBob Debuts at Madame Tussauds

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In honor of his 10th Anniversary, SpongeBob SquarePants will be immortalized at the famed Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New York City, becoming the first cartoon character to receive a statue made entirely out of wax.

Kid-Friendly Wax Figures at Madame Tussauds

    Take your kids to see SpongeBob SquarePants at Madame Tussauds New York City. Exhibit is free to kids 12 and under from July 15 - 30 -- but only if you're wearing yellow.

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    If you're over 40, this is the way to see the Jonas Brothers: Cast in wax, with no screaming teen fans.

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    If you like the Jonas Brothers, you probably also like Miley Cyrus. Or at least your 'tween daughter does.

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    Imagine how popular your kids will be if they come home with a photo of themselves with Miley!

    Startraks / Madame Tussauds New York

    American Idol viewers will recognize superstar recording artist Carrie Underwood's wax figure.

    Startraks / Madame Tussauds New York

    Wish your kids could meet Barack Obama? This might be as close as they ever get.

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    The President's wax likeness can be seen at Madame Tussauds' New York and Washington, D.C., locations.

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    First Lady Michelle Obama looks just as lovely at Madame Tussauds as she does in person.

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    Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon -- and now his wax likeness gives visitors an up-close look at his space gear.

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    NY Mets fans will appreciate this cheery wax rendering of third baseman David Wright.

    Madame Tussauds New York



(Well -- sort of. Here's the scoop: You' ill find Superman at the museum. But! That's Brandon Routh from the live action Superman movie. Well, how about the Hulk? Hulk is made from wax and fiberglass, as is Superman -- sorry, Brandon Routh as Superman. Plus, SpongeBob is the first figure to be made entirely out of something called "Elven wax." Madame Tussauds seems to be taking marketing tips from Mr. Krabs.)

Now through July 30, fans of all things Bikini Bottom can visit their square-shaped hero for free, on one condition: They must be 12 years old or younger, and arrive dressed in yellow. Because yellow, as they say, is the new black.

The exhibit (which will remain on display after the free admission promo ends) features SpongeBob seated atop a 3-foot-tall jellyfish as part of an interactive recreation of Jellyfish Fields, one of the little yellow dude's favorite haunts. The museum is located at 234 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues in Manhattan.

Of course, SpongeBob isn't the only thing to see at Madame Tussauds. Not all of the exhibits are kid-friendly (tip: avoid the "torture from the Medieval era" display), but many are. Check out the gallery for some of our faves.

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