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.
- 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.
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- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.