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Madame Tussauds wax museum, London, England

Madame Tussauds wax museum, London, England
  • Country: England
  • City: London
  • Address: Marylebone Rd, London NW1 5LR
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   In the Madame Tussauds Museum located in London more than 400 wax figures, or portraits, how they are called by museum workers, are exhibited. They look like alive and it is even difficult to the visitors to believe they are not alive. Every year this world famous museum is visited by 2.5 million people. They are attracted by the chance of standing next to the stars who they would never meet in real life. You are allowed to touch the artworks in this museum! It is so popular that the branches were opened in USA recently. In the Madame Tussauds museums in New York and Las Vegas one can meet all American stars. It's branches also opened in Holland and Hong Kong. But the one on Baker Street is the father; it is more than two centuries old and for all this time it was visited by more than 500 million people. It exceeds the population of Australia and United States together. The visitors are welcomed not by the portrait of some star but by the wax statue of aged woman, amazing woman who started the story.

Madame Tussauds


Madame Tussauds wax museum - beautiful sign


   Madame Tussauds was the artist who lived in Europe more than 200 years ago. At the time of French revolution she was told to go to cemetery and take the wax masks of the chopped heads of the royal family members. This terrible order helped her to find the business of her life. She made so many wax figures that she took her to different cities of Britain to show people. Later her sons founded the permanent exposition in London in the same building where it is today.

Wax on the building


   However, the atmosphere is not always cheerful in the museum. In the "horror room" one can meet the villains, serial murderers, executioners and their victims. This is journey to the terrifying and bloody history of 5 centuries. This room you can find only in London museum and it originates from the bloody backgrounds of its foundation. At the Queen Victoria times this room was called the "separate room". You could visit this room located deep inside the building for the separate fee. It was done intentionally, to protect the sensitive ladies of those times from all horrors and blood. But times have changed. According to the museum statistics, this room is now more popular among ladies and that is quite surprising. However, it may mean that the ladies' stomachs are stronger than the ones of men.

One of the exhibits, horror room


   The whole secret of the terrifying atmosphere of this room consists of the special effects. Among them are the sound, lighting and many other tricks. It is very scary there during the daytime and for sure you will not want to stay there during the night. In the nighttime it looks in completely different way and in the morning it is museum again.

   At 7 o'clock in the morning the work is in full swing in the museum. The workers team puts all the exhibits in order. There is a man in the museum responsible for the order of the figures hairstyles, the one responsible for the costumes etc. In the museum there is a wardrobe where the duplicates of the exhibits clothing are stored. That is because the visitors often steal the spectacles, rings, and other props of the exhibits.

Wax figure of Jack Sparrow


A wax figure of Michael Jackson


   Each of the portraits of Madame Tussauds Museum costs about 50000 USD. It takes half a year to produce one new figure. Only 20 new figures a year are produced.





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