Who was Madame Tussaud?
Paris of 1770. It was here that Madame Tussaud learnt to model wax likenesses under the tutelage of her mentor, Dr Philippe Curtius. At the age of 17, she became art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister at the Palace Of Versailles and then, during the French Revolution, was hastily forced to prove her allegiance to the feudalistic nobles by making the death masks of executed aristocrats. Madame Tussaud came to Britain in the early 19th century alongside a travelling exhibition of revolutionary relics and effigies of public heroes and rogues.
Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was.There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good, old-fashioned curiosity. Today’s visitors are sent on a unique, emotionally-charged journey through the realms of the powerful and famous. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone so guests can truly get up, close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, reliving the times, events and moments that made the world talk about them.
In order to see the wax figures, it is nece to do this actions: colouring, inserting the hair, making the eyes, making the teeth, cleaning the wax, pouring the wax, moulding, casting the hand, sculpting the body, sculpting a head, sittings and research, sittings with the stars, getting it right, measuring the stars.
At Madame Tussauds museum you can meet: Hollywood stars, Bollywood strars, World leaders, Sport stars, Royalty, Pop stars, Cultural figures, Characters.
You can find Madame Tussauds museum in 9 major cities (Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Washington, D.C.), and Vienna and Blackpool.
How you get there?
In order to get there, you could use the tube (Madame Tussauds is a two minute walk from Baker Street tube station), the train (Marylebone Station is within 10 minutes walking distance of Madame Tussauds), the bus (bus numbers travel to Madame Tussauds: 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 205, 274 and 453), the car (Marylebone Road is an extension of the A40, one of the major routes in and out of London).
Zones within the attraction:
Is the first room on the tour of the museum and the whole idea is that when you step there, you have to feel like you are on a celebrity party. Here are some figures: Angelina Jolie, Robert Pattinson, Leo DiCaprio, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Kidman, Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, and Tara Palmer-Tompkinson, Johnny Depp.
This room has celebrities from Hollywood, such as: Steven Spielberg, Julia Roberts, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg.
The Sports Zone has several interactive elements. Visitors can step up to the crease with batsman Sachin Tendulkar, putt a golf ball with Tiger Woods, stand on boxing scales next to Mohammed Ali.
A Royal Appointment
In this room you have the opportunity to stand next to Diana, Princess of Wales, Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry
In this room you will meet icons like: William Shakespeare, Albert Einstein, , Pablo Picasso, Charles Darwin , Stephen Hawking.
Here you willl find music megastars from across the decades. Music icons include Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Gary Barlow, Tom Jones, Bob Marley, Cheryl Cole, Robbie Williams, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Freddie Mercury and Justin Bieber. The Beatles in this area are posed as they appear on the album cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The World Leaders area of the attraction contains political and spiritual leaders of the world, past and present, such as include Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, Nicolas Sarkozy, Ronald Reagan, Tony Blair, Benazir Bhutto, Martin Luther King, Eleftherios Venizelos, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Mohandas Gandhi. Also, recently appeared the figure of Barack Obama (he is standing in a mock-up of the Oval Office which has a replica of the Resolute desk). On the other hand, the museum houses controversial figures, like: Adolf Hitler, Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein and Robert Mugabe.
Mother Teresa is one of the very few icons to ask not to be made, saying “her work was more important, not the person”.
Chamber of Horrors and Scream
The Chamber of Horrors showcases serial killers and murders. Included in this area are Guy Fawkes and Dennis Nilsen. This area also exhibits the original guillotine blade that killed Marie Antoinette.
Behind the Scenes and History of Madame Tussauds
This area shows the history of Marie Tussaud, and how she started creating wax figures. It also has an area on how the scupltors make the figures, using Beyoncé as an example.
Spirit of London ride
The Spirit of London is a sit-down ride in which visitors sit in London taxis and are taken on a journey through the history of London. The ride starts in Tudor times and ends in the 1980s, passing through the times of Shakespeare, the Great Fire of London, the Industrial Revolution and the Swinging Sixties.
Marvel Super Heroes 4D
Marvel Super Heroes 4D starts off in the Command Centre, where you will see the likes of Wolverine (portrayed by Hugh Jackman), The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Spiderman, who is on “the roof” of an upside-down room.Source: madametussauds.com, wikipedia.com