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Madame Tussauds, London

Madame Tussauds is a famous wax museum and has been around in London since 1835. Located on Marylebone Road, the museum has over 400 life-like exhibits of famous people in history, politics, royalty, sports, music, film and even crime. Marie Tussaud (1761-1850) who was born in Strasbourg, France, founded the museum.

The wax models are so life-like that it has amazed and astounded visitors for generations. Therefore, it’s not surprising that Madame Tussauds has become a major tourist attraction in London attracting millions of visitors from around the world for nearly 200 years. Today Madame Tussauds has branches in many cities across Europe, Asia, United States and Australia including Blackpool, Amsterdam, Berlin, New York City, Las Vegas, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney.

 Madame Tussauds in London by Cezary p


The history of the museum began with Marie Tussaud in France who learned the art of wax modelling from Philippe Curtius, a physician and wax sculptor himself. During her early years in France, she created wax models of French writer Voltaire, philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the American Benjamin Franklin. Marie Tussaud received an invitation to London in 1802 to exhibit her wax models, which was a huge success. Eventually Marie Tussaud settled in London’s Baker Street in 1835 and opened a wax museum with the Chamber of Horrors being the main attraction.

See & Do

Many wax models of famous celebrities have the endorsement of the celebrities themselves with scores sitting through the sculpturing process. The techniques developed by Marie Tussaud to create the life-like models remain mainly unchanged even after nearly 200 years. The Sleeping Beauty’ is the oldest model on display and modelled after Madame du Barry (1743-1793). There’s even a lifelike model of Marie Tussaud seemingly staring at visitors!

Wax model of Charles Dickens by Ypsilonatshared

Past and present wax models of royalties include Queen Elizabeth II, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. World leaders include Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Donald Trump. Celebrities from Hollywood include Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne and Bollywood include Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai. Famous musicians include Michael Jackson, Ed Sheeran, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Madonna.

The Royal Family by Jose Goncalves

Madame Tussauds regularly updates the exhibits with new models of famous people so there’s always something new to see. You’ll not find any ropes around the exhibits that you would normally see in most museums. Therefore, you can actually get close and come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous personalities. You can also get personal by touching and taking a photograph with the personalities and be among the famous!

Visiting Madame Tussauds

The Madame Tussauds wax museum opens throughout the year except Christmas. The standard opening time on weekdays is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During the peak periods, the opening time may start as early as 8:30 a.m. and close by 6:00 p.m. You can purchase tickets at the main entrance or online from the official Madame Tussauds London website. During the busy periods, expect long queues for tickets at the main entrance and therefore advisable to purchase tickets online. Online purchases also offer substantial discounts.

Madame Tussauds is a short walk from Baker Street (Underground) Station that you cannot miss finding the museum. Several London Underground lines stop at Baker Street Station including the Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith, Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines. Regent’s Park (Underground) Station serves the Bakerloo Line and though located further is just a 10 minutes walk. London red buses on routes number 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 205, 274 and 453 stop near the museum.

Madame Tussauds on the Map

Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR, UK

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