This vast cavern of wax figures includes movie stars, historical figures, sports heroes, and rock and rollers, as well as notables from the current political scene. If you’re not up on French history or pop culture, you might not recognize some of the faces, but don’t worry, Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and President Obama are here, too. Stars appear in their natural habitats: chic brasseries, cocktail parties, and fashion shows. There are also famous historical tableaus that feature such scenes as Joan of Arc being burned at the stake and Louis XIV holding court at Versailles. If you’ve had enough wax, take a peek at the light show in the renovated Palais des Mirages, a leftover from the Universal Exposition of 1900.
- Margie Rynn