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Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum

Attraction: Museum Exhibit

London Address:
Madame Tussauds
Marylebone Road

Madame Tussaud's Wax Museums can also be found in New York, Las Vegas, Amsterdam & Hong Kong.

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Born in Strasbourg in 1761 and christened Marie Grosholtz Madame Tussaud became famous for her talent on sculpturing wax. Her father, a soldier, was killed in battle during the Seven Years War (waged by Prussia and Britain against Austria, France and Russia) only two months before Marie's birth. For the first five years of her life Marie lived in Berne with her widowed mother, who worked as housekeeper for Dr Philippe Curtius — a physician with considerable skill in modelling anatomical subjects in wax. Soon, Marie and her mother moved with Doctor Curtius to Paris; unwittingly, they had entered a creative and politically fascinating world.

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Ford/Indy in wax.

Dr Curtius acted as a tutor to Marie, schooling her in the techniques of wax portraiture and casting. She was soon allowed to model the great figures of the time. Among them were Francois Voltaire and the American statesman Benjamin Franklin.

Madame Tussaud first showed her collection of waxworks in Paris in 1770. She later took death masks from victims of the guillotine like Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. She moved to England in 1802, opening her permanent exhibition in London in 1835.

For more than 200 years Madame Tussaud's wax museum has been enchanting and entertaining visitors fascinated by its representations of the famous and infamous. Today, over 2 million people from all over the world visit the exhibition each year, making it one of Britain's most popular attractions. It is still the most popular and talked about wax exhibition in the world, and has become synonymous with excellence.

The current exhibition shows many historical and present-day celebrities, including royal, stars of entertainment and sport, politicians and statesmen. State-of-the-art technology is now used to animate some of the exhibits - with astonishingly lifelike results.

New models are being produced all the time while have-beens are quietly removed from display and put into storage. Over the years hundreds of celebrities have made their way to Madame Tussaud's 'stage door' to be received in the private studio where the sculptors makes precise measurements and photographs the subject's head from every possible angle.

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Indiana Jones wax model from different angles.

In the Grand Hall someone will find all manner of celebrities, from Madonna and Michael Jordan to Pavarotti and Mandela. There, among others, stands the wax model of Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones coming out of a temple hidden in the jungle. The exit of the temple is blocked by a boulder suggesting the one from the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Although the wax model of Harrison Ford looks incredible real the clothes seem like poor imitations of Indy's garb.


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