Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Oxford… What other sights do you know in London? Of course, we can’t skip Madame Tussauds, one of the most popular attractions!
Who is Madame Tussauds?
Marie Tussaud is the founder of one of the most famous museums in the world. But she wasn’t the first master in wax modeling. Moreover, she wasn’t even born in England, as everybody thought. Marie Tussaud was born in Strasbourg, France. Philippe Curtius (one of the most popular wax modeling masters of that time) taught Marie that specific art. She was a competent student, so she quickly overtook the skills of the teacher. When Marie was 18 years old, she started to teach wax modeling Princess Elizabeth.
Wax figures of the royal family in Madame Tussauds in London
Creation of Madame Tussauds Museum in London
Madame Tussaud managed to accumulate a small collection of sculptures till 1802. She spent the next 30 years traveling around England with her artworks. Only in 1835, Madame Tussaud decided to open a permanent exhibition on Baker Street. Success was inevitable. Londoners stood in the queue to look at the wax figures. Later the Chamber of Horrors was opened and gained unbelievable popularity in no time. It exhibited the death masks of victims of the Paris guillotine.
The modern Museum has been moved from Baker Street to Marylebone road. Even after Madame Tussauds’ death, a collection of the Museum continues to grow.
Today, the sculptors need about 4 months of work to create a single figure. But it includes not one masterwork, but a team of 20 specialists! They use only natural hair for figures and numerous layers of paint for creating real skin color.
Branches of the Museum are already opened in Amsterdam, New York, Shanghai, and many other cities. But the head office with the largest collection remains in London. People from all over the world come here to appreciate the sculptures, which are the unique attractions of the UK.
You may also visit the famous Chamber of Horrors. The number of statues in the Museum counts thousands. Here you can see famous actors, politicians, musicians, scientists, etc.. Sculptors keep their eyes on the ball, so the figures of a new President or a Hollywood star immediately appears in the Museum.
You may find a small inconspicuous figure among all the other famous personalities in the Museum, the geniuses of the past and present years. It is a little sharp-nosed old woman, dressed in a black robe. This statue is the famous Madame Tussauds, the founder of one of the main attractions of England.
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Useful Info for Tourists
Address: Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR, United Kingdom
Official website: https://www.madametussauds.com/london/en
How to get there: by bus №18, №27, №30, №74, №205 or No. 453 drive to Baker Street Station stop.
10:00 – 16:00;
09:00 – 16:00;
09:00 – 17:00;
09:00 – 18: 00.
You can find out the opening hours on the official website of the Museum.
- Premium ticket - £49 (quick entry with a special entrance, access to all rooms, free popcorn).
- Standard ticket - £29.
- Family ticket - £27 per person (valid for five people, including a minimum of two children and a maximum of two adults).
- Group ticket (from 10 people) - £24.50.
- Group children's ticket (5-11 years) - £12.95.
- Group children's ticket (11-18 years) - £18.
After visiting the Madame Tussauds Museum and getting acquainted with her painstaking art, you can also visit the British Museum.