Madame Tussauds is a world-famous museum exhibiting numerous wax figures of celebrities, historical personalities, sports stars, actors and even murderers. Founded my Marie Tussaud, who was a wax sculptor, the museum has steadily become one of the most popular tourist attractions in London. Madam Tussauds has expanded to include various locations scattered around the world including major cities such as Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Shanghai, but the original museum is based in London.

Highlights

  • Royals – A particularly popular section at the museum in London is the Royals exhibit, where visitors can get up close and personal with Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II or with everyone’s favorite princess, the beloved Diana. The rest of the royal family is also displayed here including Charles, Camilla and the two princes. Since 2012, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also present in the gallery as a couple, first immortalized in their engagement attire, having since been updated to glamorous evening wear. Past royals are also portrayed in this section, with various historical figures on display.

  • Music – The music category features both popular British and international artists. They are all put on display for the world to see, from the weird (Lady Gaga), to the legendary (Michael Jackson). Also within this section are the iconic artists that have changed the music industry and inspired others for decades including Freddy Mercury and Bob Marley.

  • Party – Everyone loves celebrities and the Party gallery will leave you start-struck from the moment you step inside. British power couple, David and Victoria Beckham are there to be admired like celebrity royalty, along with their American counterpart, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The ladies can feast their eyes with famous ex-bachelor George Clooney and the talented and mysterious Johnny Depp, while the gentlemen can finally (almost) meet their childhood favorite, Emma Watson.

  • Chamber of Horrors – One of the most historically famous sections of the museum, the Chamber of Horrors has a collection of infamous criminals on display. Set out like a maximum security prison, the exhibition offers a unique and terrifying experience that is not for the faint-hearted. Be horrified by the likes of Jack the Ripper and Hitler while the live actors provide a perfectly scary atmosphere. Restrictions apply for visitors with heart conditions and blood pressure issues, children under the age of 12, and pregnant women.

Prices

Door Price

Adult (16+) £30.00
Children (4-15) £25.80
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £111.60

Online Price

Adult (16+) £15.00
Children (4-15) £12.90
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £55.80

Tips

  • Children – Even if they are not allowed in the Chamber of Horrors or are not interested in seeing movie stars and political figures, children can still have a blast at Madame Tussauds, with exhibits targeted specifically to them. Boys and girls who are passionate about the comic book universe have the unique opportunity of seeing their favorite characters come to life in the Marvel Super Heroes gallery, which includes beloved heroes such as Spiderman, the X-Men or the Avengers. For the musically-inclined, One Direction are all hanging out, waiting for kisses and pictures from screaming teens and the little ones will be excited to be able to meet Shrek and E.T.
  • Best time to visit – The optimal time of day to visit Madam Tussauds wax museum is after 4pm, as it is the least crowded.
  • VIP treatment – Visitors have the option of purchasing VIP tickets, which will allow them to visit at any time of day, without queuing to enter. In addition, entry to the Marvel Superheroes 4D movie is included. VIP tickets can only be purchased online for £65.00 for adults and £55.00 for children.

Transport

  • Bus – Buses that travel to Madame Tussauds include numbers 30, 113, 74, 205, 453, 18, 139, 27, 274, 13, 82 and 189.
  • Train – The closest train station is Marylebone Station, about a 10-minute walk away.
  • Tube – Baker Street station is the closest to Madame Tussauds museum, at about a two-minute walk. Lines that service it are the Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Jubilee.
  • Coach – Marylebone Road features a pick up and drop off point for coaches.

History

Marie Tussaud, born in Strasbourg in 1760, was a wax artist who learned the trade from Dr. Philippe Curtius. The physician instructed Tussaud in the art of wax modeling and she ultimately inherited his collection of wax figures upon his death. Her first sculpture was Voltaire, after which came other famous people of the time such as Benjamin Franklin and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. She then started working on victims of the French Revolution, including death masks, which were modeled after the heads of the deceased.

She travelled through Europe for years, exhibiting her collection and remained in Britain from 1802 onward. She settled in London in 1831, leasing a series of spaces in which she opened her museum. Her original collection of 400 models was damaged over time in fire and war, but the casts remained, which allowed for some figures to be recreated for us to be able to admire today. Madame du Barry is the oldest figure present in the museum’s history exhibit.

Madame Tussauds is now world-famous and a very popular tourist attraction not only in London, but also in the various metropolises around the world. You can visit Madame Tussauds in Hollywood, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Bangkok, Vienna, New York City, Amsterdam, Berlin, Wuhan, Sydney, Hong Kong, Blackpool, Washington D.C and Shanghai.

Interesting Facts

  • The Chamber of Horrors has existed as a separate gallery since 1802, when Marie Tussaud debuted her exhibition in London, and it was the Separate Room at the time, to be transformed into the Chamber of Horrors in 1835. Originally, the room not only displayed notorious criminals, but also historical figures and the heads of guillotined members of the French aristocracy and royal family. Among these, Marie Antoinette is a notable mention.
  • The most controversial wax figure in the museum is that of Adolf Hitler, which has had to be repaired and replaced several times and even especially guarded, because of repeated instances of vandalism, including a German man who decapitated the model in 2008.

10 Reviews

  1. Tracey Best
    Tracey Best
    Australia 26 Comments
     -  24 Apr 2018

    Not bad

    We were being total tourists and wanted to visit this museum. I do recommend for people to go there, but it’s not action packed or thrilling. It’s great to see all the celebrities and high profile people, but you also can get a bit over them. I wouldn’t say it’s a must do or see in London, but if you are interested or want to see your fav person/people in wax, you should go. Also a huge credit to the people who make them, because they are fantastic.

  2. Kyra_Kiwa
    Kyra_Kiwa 49 Comments
     -  28 Dec 2017

    Excellent

    Madame Tussauds has something for everyone. Marylebone Rail Station is very close by. There are plenty of wax works to suit everyone’s taste. I enjoyed all the waxmodels except the chamber of horrors; that was creepy and freaked me out.

    The Spirit of London ride was definitely worth the money. Journeying through the history of London in a mini cab, looking at realistic waxworks was truly mesmerizing. I loved the Marvel 4D show as well.

    Planning the trip on a weekday, booking online & getting there really early helped me beat the crowd. The souvenirs at Madame Tussauds are very expensive though. You might as well buy cheaper, similar looking souvenirs outside. The trip here was a bit more expensive than I would have liked but I don’t regret it.

  3. lhajro
    lhajro
    Bosnia and Herzegowina 49 Comments
     -  18 Dec 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    All right, so yes it really is worth all the hype. If you go at the right time you can beat the crowds and really enjoy yourself. The wax figures are really interesting and even more stunningly life like in person. The Chamber of Horrors was my personal favorite exhibit.

  4. TatianaMoniz
    TatianaMoniz
    Portugal 24 Comments
     -  15 Dec 2017

    Excellent

    This was a place that i thought was fun for the experience and because it was my first time going there. I don’t really have the will to ever go there again, not because it’s a bad place, it just isn’t a place to go check twice for me, i guess.
    Having said that, some of the wax figures are impressive and the 3D movie is pretty fun aswell.
    Do buy tickets in advance at their official website. Also, in my opinion it isn’t that worth it to buy the VIP Fast track, as they are super expensive and you still get in cue.

  5. mona91rai 24 Comments
     -  04 Dec 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Madame Tussauds London was a great experience for my family to take photos with all of our favorite celebrities’ wax figures. We spent half our day here taking photos with almost each and everyone of the wax figures on display. Not much of a crowd during the weekday, which was awesome as that meant we could look about taking our time to admire the work of art done on each figure.

  6. miahe
    miahe 15 Comments
     -  28 Jul 2017

    Excellent

    I went to Madame Tussauds because my boyfriend really wanted to go and I had to wait two freaking hours in line. But the experience in the museum was really fun. I loved to make pictures and I still look at them. If you have a chance to skip the line – I highly recommend that.

  7. Nemanja Popović 45 Comments
     -  28 Jul 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Waxworks looked very realistic! It was a great experience and it well worth the money. The downside is that if you visit it during holidays and weekends the waiting lines can be very big. I would also advise to buy tickets online and save yourself a lot of hassle. If you avoid all the waiting you will have a great time- This is a definitely a must see for everyone visiting London.

  8. lilytravel
    lilytravel
    Morocco 16 Comments
     -  18 Jul 2017

    It was good

    I was deeply disappointed, I was expecting much more for the money and time spent to get in. The queue was tiring as it was crowded, pushy people. I guess everyone was annoyed because of the long time spent queueing. Inside is just the same, people almost fighting for photos and selfies. Couldn’t enjoy it really, perhaps on a week day it may be more tolerable.

  9. Uswa Shamail
    Uswa Shamail 13 Comments
     -  15 Jul 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    This is my favorite place to go to whenever I’m in London! I went back in 2010 and they had that 4D cinema, it was coolest thing ever – definitely something everyone should try out. The best thing about the place is that it has Benazir’s wax statue there! She was the late Prime Minister of my country

  10. alexg 10 Comments
     -  02 Mar 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    We spent an afternoon here after it was recommended by friends who had really enjoyed the museum. The models are great and it’s a cool place to go with kids who can have photos taken with models of all their favourite superheroes and celebrities. There was a Star Wars exhibition on when we were there and it was awesome to see. I’d recommend it, but the queues are normally long so book in advance!

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