Nestled on Merylebone Road, Madame Tussauds in London stands as a captivating showcase of lifelike wax figures portraying renowned personalities from across the globe. Established by Marie Tussaud at the tender age of 6, the museum unveils a diverse collection of wax statues featuring influential figures from various domains.
Since its establishment in 1835, Madame Tussauds has been a repository of wax representations spanning the realms of cinema, art, television, sports, historical figures, and even fictional characters. From Hollywood’s power couples like Kimye to the Royal Family, from iconic film star Charlie Chaplin to the animated Shrek, the museum encompasses a vast array of celebrities, artists, sports legends, and other globally acclaimed personalities.
While the original Madame Tussauds resides in London, there are currently 21 franchises worldwide, with the first overseas branch opening in Amsterdam in 1970.
Marvel 4D Movie Experience
The Royal Family
Encounter wax figures of Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Prince Harry, and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Star Wars Experience
Delve into a unique chamber dedicated to the Star Wars series, a treat for fans.
Witness the haunting display of death masks from the French Revolution, including those of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Crafting each wax figure entails weeks of labor and costs around $300,000. All figures are meticulously crafted at Merlin Studios in East London .The measurement process for celebrities takes up to 3 hours, capturing hundreds of shots for realism. Figures are made 2% larger than the actual characters to account for shrinkage. Tinkerbell holds the record as the smallest wax figure, standing at just 5.5 inches.
Marie Tussaud, born in 1761, honed her wax sculpting skills under Dr. Philippe Curtius in France. Her marriage to François Tussaud ended in 1802, leading her to tour Britain with her collection of death masks. Settling in Baker Street in 1835, she transformed her residence into a museum, featuring the infamous Chamber of Horrors showcasing the grotesque aftermath of the French Revolution.
Despite enduring a fire in 1925 and damage during the Blitz, Madame Tussauds perseveres, preserving some of the original figures created by Marie Tussaud herself. A self-portrait she created eight years before her death stands proudly at the museum’s entrance, commemorating her enduring legacy.