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Madame Tussauds London, founded in 1835 by the French wax sculptor Marie Tussaud, is a journey through time. With waxworks of historical and famous figures, from royalty to film stars - including Queen Elizabeth and Brad Pitt - this museum has been a must-visit for tourists since the Victorian era. Explore the Spirit of London ride to unravel the city's rich history, or venture into the Chamber of Horrors to delve into the dark tales of London's infamous crimes.

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Marie Tussaud was imprisoned during the French Revolution and was forced to make wax death masks of executed nobles.

All the wax figures regularly have their makeup touched up and hair washed to keep them looking fresh.

The biggest figure in Madame Tussaud's is Hulk, standing at 4.5 meters and the smallest is Tinkerbell, measuring at 5.5 inches.

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The Music Zone at the Madame Tussauds London pays homage to the greatest musical icons of all time. You can step into the spotlight alongside legendary figures like Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, and Madonna and feel the rhythm as you pose with these iconic wax figures.

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Awards Party

The Awards Party gives you a chance to walk the red carpet, pose for the paparazzi, and join the biggest party in London! From Leonardo DiCaprio to "The Rock" and Tom Hardy, you can mingle with your favourite A-List celebrities and grab star-studded selfies.

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The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace zone introduces you to the English monarch. Walk through the gates of Buckingham Palace and take a selfie with the Prince and Princess of Wales as you enjoy afternoon tea and wave at the cheering crowds on the Royal Balcony.

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Madame Tussauds London gives you the chance of a lifetime. Shake hands with Captain America, hang out with Spider-Man, and enjoy the esteemed company of Black Panther. If that isn't enough, grab a selfie with the fan-favourite Iron Man and see what makes Hulk special.

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Star Wars

Star Wars at Madame Tussauds provides an extraordinary, immersive experience where you can touch and feel your favourite heroes and villains. Check out the lifelike wax figures of your favourite characters from Star Wars Episodes I-IX and explore locations like the swamps of Dagobah and Jabba's Throne Room.

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The Culture Zone at Madame Tussauds features Emmeline Pankhurst and Winston Churchill, two prominent personalities of yesteryear. Both personalities left a prominent mark on England and the world, helping shape the future. Grab the chance to take a selfie with both.

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The Sports zone is possibly the most popular area inside Madame Tussauds London. You can see and touch the wax figures of legendary football, basketball, and boxing icons like Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Joshua, and Muhammad Ali. Tennis fans won't be disappointed either, with a certain Spaniard's wax figure present within the zone.

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Innumerable wax figures are part of the Film zone inside Madame Tussauds London. From Katrina Kaif to James Bond, you'll have no shortage of silver screen icons to pick from for your Instagram post of the year.

Brief history of Madame Tussauds London

1761 - Madame Tussaud, aka Marie Grosholtz's, birth marks the unofficial beginning of the attraction.

1780 - Marie becomes an art tutor to King Louis XVI's sister and performs at the Royal Court in Versailles.

1793 - Marie is imprisoned in the notorious Laforce Prison in Paris. When she is released, she's asked to make death masks of executed nobles and her former employers, the King and Queen, as proof of her allegiance to the Revolution.

1794 - Marie inherits Dr Philippe Curtius' wax exhibition.

1795 - Marie marries François Tussaud.

1802 - Madame Tussaud takes her exhibition on tour to the British Isles.

1835 - Madame Tussaud establishes a base in London at 'The Baker Street Bazaar.'

1850 - Madame Tussaud dies.

1884 - Marie's grandsons move the attraction to Marylebone Road.

1925 - The attraction is devastated by fire, but restoration is completed within three years.

1940 - German World War II bomb destroys Madame Tussauds.

1972 - The second European Madame Tussauds attraction opens in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Who built Madame Tussauds London?

Madame Tussauds London was built by Marie Tussaud, born in the 18th century in Strasbourg, France. Marie Tussaud was talented at wax modelling and honed her skills while working as an art tutor for the French Royal family. She moved to London at the start of the 19th century and established her first permanent exhibition on Baker Street, laying the foundation for what would become the iconic Madame Tussauds London.

The architecture of Madame Tussauds London

Madame Tussauds London boasts captivating architecture that has a blend of historical grandeur and contemporary design. The building is a striking masterpiece that integrates with its surroundings. The facade, one of the first things you see, is a testament to neoclassical elegance, featuring grand arched windows, intricate detailing, and stately columns.

Its design evokes regality and timelessness, inviting visitors to step into a world of artistry and wonder. The combination of stone and glass elements in the exterior creates a marvelous balance between tradition and modernity, while the museum's inside boasts spacious exhibition halls thoughtfully laid out to optimize the visitor experience.

Meanwhile, Madame Tussauds' various themed rooms and galleries have unique ambiance: from the glamorous A-List Party room to the Music gallery, the architecture seamlessly complements the wax figures and exhibits.

Additional information of Madame Tussauds London

Madame Tussauds London houses more than wax figures of famous sports, music, and film stars. The attraction is home to the "Archives," an array of items including historical and contemporary costumes, celebrity memorabilia, and real and historical artifacts from criminals in the Chamber of Horrors. Exhibition catalogs and a collection of letters from many notable personalities from past and present, including Marie Tussaud herself, are also part of the Madame Tussauds.

Frequently asked questions about the Madame Tussauds in London

What is the Madame Tussauds London?

Madame Tussauds London is a wax museum in London, England. It was founded in 1835 by Marie Tussaud, a French wax sculptor. The museum is home to over 250 wax figures of famous people, including actors, musicians, athletes, and historical figures.

What are the main highlights at the Madame Tussauds London?

Madame Tussauds London is a wax museum that features wax figures of famous people from all over the world. Some of the main highlights at the museum include the Chamber of Horrors, which features wax figures of London's most infamous criminals; the Spirit of London, a 4D ride that takes you on a journey through the history of London; and the Marvel Universe 4D Experience, a thrilling 4D experience that puts you in the middle of your favorite Marvel movies.

How can I get tickets to Madame Tussauds London?

There are multiple ways to obtain tickets to Madame Tussauds London. You could purchase tickets in person from the museum's ticket counters. However, be aware that queues can be long, particularly during peak tourist seasons. It is advisable to arrive early to minimize waiting times. As a result, it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance online. This allows you to select a specific date and time slot for your visit, reducing waiting times.

How much are Madame Tussauds London tickets?

The Madame Tussauds London Tickets start from £36.

What is the history of the Madame Tussauds London?

Madame Tussauds London was founded in 1835 by Marie Tussaud, a French wax sculptor. She was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1761, and her father was a wigmaker and an anatomist. Tussaud learned the art of wax sculpting from her father, and she began her career by making death masks of executed criminals. The first Madame Tussauds museum in London was opened in Baker Street. The museum was a huge success, and it quickly became one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.

What are Madame Tussauds London timings?

Madame Tussauds London's Opening Hours times vary depending on the time of the year. From July 1 to July 31 Madame Tussauds London is open from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Where is Madame Tussauds London located?

Madame Tussauds is located at Marylebone Rd, London NW1 5LR, UK.

Is photography allowed at Madame Tussauds London?

Yes, photography is allowed at Madame Tussauds London. You can take photos of the wax figures, the exhibits, and even yourself with the wax figures.