The nation's first in-mall Madame Tussauds wax attraction has opened at Simon Property Group's Opry Mills in Nashville, Tenn. Marking Madame Tussauds' seventh location in the United States, the attraction opened its doors to the public Friday, April 14, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Trisha Yearwood (as well as her wax likeness).
Madame Tussauds Nashville is the brand's only music-themed attraction, giving both locals and tourists the chance to walk through the history of American music. Visitors can now see, touch and hear the lifelike figures of 45 musical icons such as Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and many others.
"The Mills and Simon properties offer tourists and locals alike an experience far beyond just shopping, including an array of dining and entertainment options," said Gregg Goodman, president of The Mills, a Simon Company. "We are committed to providing the best entertainment for our guests. Because of this, it was a natural fit to welcome the nation's first in-mall Madame Tussauds to Opry Mills' roster."
Guests can visit Madame Tussauds 365 days a year, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in person or online at madametussauds.com/nashville. Packages range from $19 to $48.
Madame Tussauds is owned and operated by global leisure giant Merlin Entertainments plc. Other U.S. locations are Hollywood, Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The Nashville location will represent the 22nd Madame Tussauds globally.
The opening of the wax attraction is the kick-off to a spring season full of entertainment and shopping enhancements at Opry Mills. One new dining addition includes the Bavarian Bierhaus, an authentic German restaurant and beer hall, opening in late April. In the 15,000-square-foot restaurant, shoppers will enjoy beer, Oktoberfest fare and the Gemütlichkeit culture all year long.
As the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in Tennessee, Opry Mills is also adding to its retail roster in the spring, opening athletic stores Champs, Asics and New Balance. These new retailers, combined with existing offerings like Under Armour Factory House and NIKE Factory Store, make Opry Mills the go-to destination for fitness-related apparel.
Shoppers will also have the unique opportunity to experience a moonshine-tasting destination at Distillers of Smith Creek Moonshine, opening in mid-May. With a moonshine tasting and cocktail bar, and a retail store full of bottled shines, apparel, jams, sauces, dry rubs and more, the distillery adds to Opry Mills' entertainment and shopping options.