The eponymous Madame Tussauds Museum, which was founded by Marie Tussaud in 1835, has waxed famous celebrities in the world including Michael Jackson and the US President Donald Trump. Marie learned the craft of wax sculpture at the age of 16 through Dr. Philippe Curtius, an expert in wax modeling who was also her mother’s employer. It is said that to wax the current American President, up to twenty skilled professionals were hired by Madame Tussauds for six months at a cost of $1,50,000.
To create iconic wax figures, Madame Tussauds Museum professionals invite the celebrity or the historical figure to their designer bay and take their body measurements. However, if Tussauds wants to create the wax figure of a celebrity or historical figures posthumously, the researchers fall back on the portraits to get body measurements.
Today, if someone takes a picture of a celebrity wax replica, it would be hard to tell the difference between the real person and the one made of wax by Madame Tussauds. Every day before the museum opens at 09:30 in the morning and closes at 05:30 in the evening, the museum curators ensure that the figures in wax are looking as handsome as ever.
A Place among the Stars
Below are a few notable things worth mentioning about the Madame Tussauds Museum.
- The first Madame Tussauds Museum branch abroad opened in 1970 in Amsterdam; today, global branches feature in America, Paris, Tokyo, and Sydney, to name a few places.
- Jackie Chan’s “Shanghai Knights” and Shahrukh Khan’s “Fan” movies had portions shot in Madame Tussauds Museum, which is located at Marylebone Road in London.
- It generally takes about six months and approximately 2,400 lbs of wax to make a celebrity wax replica in Madame Tussauds.
- A bomb hit the Museum during WWII and destroyed 350 plus head molds and a cinema, which was part of the Madame Tussauds Museum in London.
Ever since the launch, the Museum has been a tourist hub in London old city tour alongside the British Museum tours. The beauty touch-ups, perfect hair wash, and the odd makeup on Madame Tussauds’ sculptures done by the curators compel tourists to take a solid selfie with a celeb during their London walking tours. Of course, who would not be star-struck seeing Her Majesty the Queen and Wonder Woman at one place.