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Wax figures of 43 U.S. presidents are seen assembled for a group photo in Union Station, Washington, D.C.
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updated 2/17/2011 12:14:24 PM ET 2011-02-17T17:14:24

A new gallery opening in Washington will show wax figures of all 44 U.S. presidents together in the nation's capital for the first time.

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Madame Tussauds wax museum opens a $2 million revamped attraction Thursday. It hopes to increase its appeal to tourists and school groups by pushing presidents over pop stars.

Photoblog: Wax philosophical with all 44 U.S. presidents

Tussauds created 28 new wax presidents, many based on paintings or historical accounts when photos weren't available.

There's a stately John Adams seated in the "Founding Father's" gallery, as well as the shortest president, James Madison who stood 5 feet 4 inches tall.

Each commander in chief has a historical setting. Former President George W. Bush is in a new 9/11 remembrance gallery, while President Barack Obama is in a replica of the Oval Office.

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