See the waxworks at Madame Tussauds

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Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, Marylebone NW1 5LR
Work 0871 894 3000
Madame Tussauds’ website

Opening times and price

Opening hours:
Usually 10 AM to 4 PM (Mon-Thu, Jan-Apr & Sep-Oct); 10 to 5 PM (Fri-Sun, Jan-Apr & Sep-Oct); 10 AM to 5 PM (Sun-Fri, May-Jul); 9 AM to 5 PM (Sat, May-Jul); 9 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Fri, Aug); 9 AM to 6 PM (Sat-Sun, Aug); 10 AM to 4 PM (Mon-Fri, Nov-Dec); 10 AM to 5 PM (Sat-Sun, Nov-Dec); Last entry 1 hour before closing
Ticket cost:
Adults £35.00; Children £30.00 (3-15); Infants free entry (under-3); Family ticket £130.00
Visiting hours and entry charges are subject to change
Time required:
A typical visit to Madame Tussauds lasts 2 hours (approx)

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Craig recommends… Here’s my latest Madame Tussauds review. Young kids might like Shrek’s Adventure, and the older ones might prefer the London Dungeon. There are more movie waxworks at Warner Bros Studios.

Madame Tussauds in London

History of Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussaud started out as a tutor to Louis XVI’s sister, but when the French Revolution broke out she spent her time making gruesome death masks for the victims of the guillotine.

When her associate Dr Phillipe Curtius died in 1794 she inherited his collection of wax models, and spent the next thirty three years exhibiting them around Europe.

The Royal Family at Madame Tussauds

She founded Madame Tussauds during a tour of Britain in 1835.

Madame Tussaud’s waxwork museum

The museum originally contained around 400 waxwork models. Unfortunately fire damage in 1925 and German bombs in 1941, has destroyed most of these older models but the casts have survived, and you can see them in the museum’s history exhibit.

The oldest waxwork model on display is of Madame du Barry, a mistress of Louis XV. Other waxworks from the 19th-century include Robespierre, George III and Benjamin Franklin.

Waxwork model of Marilyn Monroe

Making a wax model

To make the models look as realistic as possible real human hair is glued onto their heads, which is then washed and styled by a hairdresser. One typical model takes around six months to complete, and costs in the region of £30,000.

You might be wondering what happens to the waxwork when the star’s fame has faded… well, they are promptly melted down and re-used for the next big thing. (Fame is very fickle friend!)

Famous celebrities

The Beatles, at Madame Tussauds

Have you ever wanted to have your photo taken next to Mohammad Ali? Or standing next to Arnold Schwarzenegger? Well now’s your chance. All of the waxworks are created life-size, and posed and dressed to look as real as possible.

You can find The Beatles sitting on a sofa and playing guitars… James Bond holding a Martini (shaken but not stirred, obviously)… Pele kicking a football… and even George Clooney looking suave and sophisticated.

Waxwork model of Michael Jackson

The Grand Hall is where you’ll find all of the religious and political leaders, from the current President and Prime Minister, to historical figures like Ghandi and the Pope. A lot of the figures have been placed next to their contemporaries – and not always very sympathetically: Winston Churchill is standing next to an angry looking Hitler!

One Direction at Madame Tussauds

Keep an eye out for all the fake guests that have been propped up on the benches, and standing in the queues taking a photo… sometimes you’ll stand there waiting for them to finish, believing that they’re real!

David Beckham’s waxwork at Madame Tussauds

Spirit of London Ride

The Spirit of London Ride will take you on a time-travelling taxicab through 400-years of British history. You’ll get to experience all the sights (and smells) of Tudor London, the Great Fire of London, Industrial Revolution, pea-souper fogs… ending with a big Swinging Sixties knees-up outside Buckingham Palace.

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  • GrannyRoars – “Been there; done that. Some models are really great, others . Costs lots, and I think I’d rather just look at the book .”

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You can find some more family-friendly things to do in our big list of children’s events in London. There are events today, tomorrow and at the weekend. You can also look for events in December, January and February

If you enjoy this then try: Harry Potter Studio Tour; London Dungeon (catch the tube from Baker Street to Waterloo) and Shrek’s Adventure (catch the tube from Baker Street to Waterloo).

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