Sep 29, 2008

Madame Tussauds Museum - Most Popular London Attractions

Marie Tussaud (her real name is Marie Grosholtz) was born in Strasbourg, France in 1761. She learned her craft from Dr. Philippe Curtius, a physician who also happens to be very skilled in making wax models.Tussaud’s first wax work was that of Voltaire – the famous French Enlightenment writer who supported social reform during his time and who frequently criticized the Catholic Church. Tussauds made this wax work in 1777. One of her first set of wax works was made during the French Revolution - she made “death masks” of the victims of the violence during that time.Madame Tussauds did not move to its current location until 1884. In 1925, a huge fire destroyed most of the wax works of the collection. Good thing the molds survived the disaster and all those destroyed were remade.

The wax museum is now one of the major tourist attractions of London. The success has been so overwhelming that Tussauds opened branches in other parts of the globe. There are now a total of seven Madame Tussauds. With the Madame Tussauds London being the primal and therefore the principal branch, six more Madame Tussauds are found in each of these cities: Amsterdam, Las Vegas, New York City, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Washington DC. The newest branch in Berlin is open. And next year, there will be another one in Hollywood. All of the other branches have their own exclusive wax works.The London branch, as I said earlier, is one of the biggest attractions in the city – garnering nearly 3 million visitors per year.

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The London branch, as I said earlier, is one of the biggest attractions in the city – garnering nearly 3 million visitors per year.Arguably the most popular gallery in the museum is the Garden Party exhibit – where visitors can have their pictures taken alongside almost real wax works of world famous actors and singers.

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