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Musicians only need apply for the new Madame Tussauds in Nashville

Visitors to Nashville can snag selfies with 50 of the biggest names in music at an exciting new attraction – but good luck getting an autograph. Though these celebs appear shockingly life-like in photos, they’re brought to you by Madame Tussauds, which has just opened its seventh waxwork attraction in the US in Music City.

Bruno Mars is one of the acts hitting the stage at Madame Tussauds
Bruno Mars is one of the acts hitting the stage at Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds Nashville opened its doors on April 14 at Opry Mills, a shopping and entertainment complex near the city’s famed Grand Ole Opry. Though Madame Tussauds is a global brand, the Nashville location feels surprisingly local: all 50 waxworks have ties to the music world, and 30 of them were commissioned specifically for, and appear only in Nashville.

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‘We realized that we need to dance with the one that brought us’, explains marketing manager Mindy Powell-Hardy, discussing the attraction’s unique focus.

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Music fans can look forward to meeting Blake Shelton, Trisha Yearwood, Darius Rucker, Elvis Presley, Minnie Pearl, Little Jimmy Dickens, Reba McEntire, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, the stars of the TV show ‘Nashville’ and more at the new museum. And yes, you can touch. There are no velvet ropes separating you from these celebrities, so go ahead and snap your selfie with impunity. ‘We are completely immersive and interactive’, says Powell-Hardy. ‘Everyone’s jumping right into the setting and becoming part of the scene.’

All figures for Madame Tussauds are still made by hand in London after taking detailed measurements of the real-life subjects, and the Nashville location is the brand’s 22nd. Tickets start at $19, and the museum is open seven days a week.