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Madame Tussauds Nashville Visits FRA's Living Wax Museum

Posted: May 12, 2017

Madame Tussauds Visits FRA’s Living Wax Museum
The famous celebrity wax attraction brings props and works with students as part of the Living Wax Museum

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 11, 2017) — On Thursday, Franklin Road Academy’s annual Fifth Grade Living Wax Museum had a very special guest in Madame Tussauds Nashville. The famous wax attraction brought props to the event, including a Lady Gaga head and the hand of George Washington.

“Our students have been preparing all year long for this event, and before they choose which characters they will portray, we show them a video describing the wax museum process. We were so glad to have Madame Tussauds come out and teach the students how they craft the wax and how the artists use science, history, and math to bring their figures to life,” said Sarah Ellen Shewmake, FRA fifth grade teacher.

In preparation of the wax museum, students must write a paper and learn all about their historical figures’ lives so they can come to life as the person, dressed and all, when their button is pushed.

“This is an amazing opportunity for us to come out and put the realistic Madame Tussauds figures and match it to what these students are doing in the classroom,” said Sharon Armstrong of Madam Tussauds Nashville. “We thought this was a great way for the students to see a figure up close and to hear how we create our figures to play upon the information they had already gathered in the classroom. They have done an amazing job with their costumes and presentations, and we are honored to be here.”

The wax museum puts to practice FRA’s mission of providing a challenging educational experience through experiential learning. “We want our students to have the hands-on experiences as they move through the middle school. Through this living wax museum, these fifth grade students have been able to put into practice what they have been learning throughout the year in their history classes. Sometimes students think history is just in the past, and with experiences like the wax museum, they get to bring it to the present,” said Shewmake.

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Last Updated: May 12, 2017