Location: Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LR
Time to Visit: From 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Admission Fee: Adults – Â£22.02 to Â£39.15; Children – Â£18.50 to Â£29.36
How to Reach: Tube Rail to Baker Street followed by a walk of 2 minutes; National Rail to Marylebone Station and thereafter a walk of 10 minutes; Bus routes 274, 139, 113, 82, 74, 30, 27, 18, 13
Nearest Railway Station: Marylebone
Nearest Metro Station: Baker Street
Nearest International Airport: Heathrow, Gatwick
Time required for sightseeing: Minimum 2 hours
Welcome to a unique journey on a time machine — one that takes you back transports you to the future and keeps you grounded in the present — all at one and the same time. Welcome to the wonderful world of Madam Tussaud’s in London — where the beheaded countenance of Queen Anne creates a disturbance in your mind, only to be healed by the sensuous moves of Britney Spears. More importantly, you get the opportunity of getting up, close and personal with your favorite heroes and idols. Lifelike wax effigies of historical icons, sporting legends, political leaders, and film stars baffle you. If you are historically inclined, you are in for a treat. Vivid depictions of important historical events, moments of achievements and despair caught in immaculate perfection in wax, make you feel like a first-hand witness to these epochal happenings.
Madame Tussaud’s fascinating history dates back to the 1770s in Paris when the modern history of waxworks began. Madame Marie Tussaud born as Marie Grosholz in 1761 in Strasbourg was trained in wax sculpture by her mentor Philippe Curtius. Philippe Curtius used to make wax figures of characters and events and have exhibitions across different towns and cities. Marie Tussaud inherited Philippe’s business after his demise in 1794. At the age of 17, Marie was appointed art teacher of the sister of King Louis XVI at the Versailles Palace. During the time of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1799, Marie Tussaud moved to England together with her wax creations. These were figures depicting historic events and public heroes.
The exhibition of Madame Tussaud was kind of a traveling newspaper and became immensely popular. Artifacts from the Napoleonic wars and the French Revolution displayed in these exhibitions brought life to these depictions. The common people could easily identify themselves with these representations which actually was the reason behind the popularity of Madame Tussaud’s shows. In 1835, Madame Tussaud established a permanent base, the Baker Street Bazaar, in London. Subsequently, it shifted to its present location in Marylebone Road in 1884. Thereafter millions of visitors have set their foot to view these extraordinary creations. This bewildering museum has survived a fire in 1925, an earthquake in 1931, and the World War II bombing in 1940.
History and Celebrity amalgamated
Since the last century, there has been a perceptible change in Madame Tussaud’s Museum. With an increase in public literacy and betterment of popular tabloid press the exposure to current events dramatically increased among the masses. Keeping this change in preferences, Madame Tussaud’s changed over from depicting current events to commentary on popular celebrity. At London Madame Tussaud’s you get the opportunity to wonder at historical marvels as well as be awed by the glamour of the current century.
Death masks which Marie Tussaud was forced to make during the French Revolution are still on display, as is the guillotine which beheaded Marie Antoinette. The most remarkable creation of Madame Tussaud is perhaps the figure of sleeping Madame du Barry, the mistress of King Louis XV. Among the current generation celebrities, you can get close to actor Brad Pitt, actress Nicole Kidman, model Kate Moss, performers Kylie Minogue and Justin Timberlake and a host of others.
Explore Madame Taussad’s
No visit in London is complete without spending at least a couple of amazing hours at Tussaud’s. Here you get the scope of meeting the British Royal family, history creators in the sports world, your favorite entertainers, and your dream stars all in the same house. You also get an opportunity to come close to cultural pioneers, world leaders, the most attractive fashion models, and the most sought after TV stars.
Except at Tussaud’s, you can never have the possibility of standing beside Albert Einstein, Charles Dickens, and Pablo Picasso. If you are a sports fan then you get the opportunity of posing beside David Beckham, Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, Andy Murray, and John Wilkinson. Cinema buffs can have themselves photographed with Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jim Carey, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Judi Dench, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Craig, Zac Efron, Whoopi Goldberg, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Aishwarya Rai.
While in London it is always a privilege to be standing alongside The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Diana, Prince William, Prince Harry, and the Duchess of Cornwall. Get carried away by musicians and shake your legs with Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, and Robbie Williams. It is always wise to have a political godfather because it becomes easier to get recognition. At Madame Tussaud’s you must never miss the opportunity of getting acquainted with Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Martin Luther King, J. F. Kennedy, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Vladimir Putin, and Nicolas Sarkozy.
If you love spooky, eerie and dreadful enclosures, never fail to enter the ‘Chamber of Horrors’. Monsters, bloodsuckers, psychotic killers will never allow to tread through their chambers peacefully. You will enjoy every moment of being scared.
Reach Madame Tussaud’s at Marylebone Road by bus routes 274, 139, 113, 82, 74, 30, 27, 18, and 13. Alternatively, reach Baker Street station by Tube rail and walk for two minutes to Tussaud’s. You can also take a National Rail train to Marylebone Station and walk down for about 10 minutes. The usual timing of this museum is from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm except for ‘peak’ periods when it remains open from 9 am to 6 pm. Summer holidays (mid-July to September 1st week), the Half-term (mid-October to November 1st week), and Christmas Holidays (December 3rd week to January 1st week) are the assigned ‘peak’ periods. On Christmas Eve the museum remains open from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and on Boxing Day (26th December) from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. On New Years Day it is open for visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Day is a holiday at Tussaud’s.
Adult tickets are priced between Â£ 22.02 and Â£ 39.15, while children’s tickets are priced from Â£18.50 to Â£ 29.36 depending on the package. Family tickets at discounted rates are also available for these packages.
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