A spectacular and unique museum with an unending gallery of statues of people with fame, Madame Tussauds is a wax museum in London; it has smaller museums in a number of other major cities. It was founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud. It used to be spelled as "Madame Tussaud's"; the apostrophe is no longer used.Madame Tussauds has been leaving visitors excited and star struck with the wide array of A-list celebrities featured in the wax museum.

Madame Tussauds Highlights

Some sculptures still exist that were done by Marie Tussaud herself.

You can see Madame Tussaud in her own museum; she did her own portrait in wax just 8 years till she died at the ripe rather old age of 89.

he oldest figure on display is that of Madame du Barry, the work of Curtius from 1765 and part of the waxworks left to Tussaud at his death.

The smallest figure Madame Tussauds has ever made is Tinker Bell, which is a big attraction for children.

Madame Tussauds Facts

Marie Tussaud was born as Marie Grosholtz in 1761 in Strasbourg, France. Her mother worked as a housekeeper for Dr. Philippe Curtius in Bern, Switzerland, who was a physician skilled in wax modelling. Curtius taught Tussaud the art of wax modelling.

Young Marie’s first sculpture was Francois Voltaire. She made it at the tender age of 16.

Tussaud was perceived as a royal sympathizer and during the French Revolution she was imprisoned for three months awaiting execution, but was released after the intervention of an influential friend.

She inherited the doctor’s vast collection of wax models following his death in 1794, and spent the next 33 years travelling around Europe.

By 1835, Marie had settled down in Baker Street, London and opened a museum.

ll figures have their hair washed and make up retouched regularly.

Mother Teresa declined to get sculpted for the museum as she believed that her work was more important than her physical being. One of the only person to ever do so.

Madame Tussauds History

French founder Marie Tussaud started her trade in France and achieved notoriety by making death masks from the victims of the guillotine. In 1802 Tussaud arrived in England with 35 life-size wax models and displayed these in a traveling show that toured this country for more than 30 years. After Madame Tussaud's death, the Madame Tussaud exhibition moved from nearby Baker Street to its present site on Marylebone Road in 1884.
Within Madame Tussauds you can see waxworks of popstars, actors, Bollywood stars, world leaders, sports personalities, film characters and members of the royal family. The creation of each figure requires a sitting in which 200 measurements are taken after which it will take 20 skilled artists four months to create the waxwork. They even use real human hair.

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