It was a beautiful sunny day when my uncle and I decided to visit Madame Tussaud’s Museum in London. The museum is named after Lady Marie Tussaud’s, who was born in France in 1761. She created her first wax sculpture in 1777 and by 1835, Marie had settled down on Baker Street in London where she opened her first museum. Over the years, the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum has become one of London’s and the world’s great tourist attractions.
Our First Visit To The Museum
This was my first visit to Madame Tussaud’s Museum. To get to the museum we had to use local buses to travel because finding parking in central London is impossible. We were traveling from south-west London which took about an hour to reach our destination. Although it was during the work week, the museum was still crowded with tourists who were eager to see the wax sculptures, maybe just as much as I was.
The queue to buy tickets was extremely long and after standing in queue for about 30 minutes we finally gained entry into the museum. This was indeed a different world and we were both pleasantly surprised at the exhibits. So many personalities and so lifelike. I started my tour of the museum in their Bollywood section.
Bollywood & Hollywood Celebrities
Some of the Bollywood celebrities included the famous, Amitabh Bachan, Katrina Kaif, Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit and others. They seemed so life-like, as if they were actually in standing in front of me and looking directly at both of us. There wasn’t much time to take photos of us with the “celebrities” since everyone there wanted to do the same, so we had to be quick in getting the photos you see here.
Our next stop was the Hollywood wax celebrities. Some of the celebrities we saw were, Julia Roberts, Angelina Julie, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many others.
The Royal Family
Our next stop was a visit to the British Royal family. The sculptures in was were so realistic we felt honored to be in their presence even though we knew they weren’t alive.
We loved some of the other personalities and scientists we saw including such notable’s as: Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Muhammad Ali, and famous cricketers, Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar and of course footballer, Messi. The wonderful thing about the museum is the feeling that all the sculptures are living and it gives you a sense that you are standing with those that have shaped our world.
As we continued our tour of the museum we found some of the world’s most famous politicians. They included: Ex Prime Minister of UK, Mr David Cameron, Ex Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto and President of United States Of America, Barack Obama.
What a different world this was, one where you could see all of the world’s famous personalities together, both past and current in one place. We would have loved to spend more time in each exhibit, but there was so many visitors to the museum we had to move quickly to take these photos.
We Had A Great Time
Our final stop was a model of a train that took us we got to sit in a train that took us through a tour of UK as it was centuries ago with sculptures from that time. The ride was a short one that lasted only a few minutes but it was quite educational to get a short glimpse of this ancient civilization. At the conclusion of the train ride we watched a ten minute 4D recreational movie which was organized for us by the administration of museum.
The trip was a lot of fun and was an amazing experience. We spent almost three hours in one of London’s major tourist attractions. I wished we had spent more time there but alas, the museum was about to close so we will have to return another time.
Madame Tussaud’s Museum has other locations in the United States of America, Australia, China, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic and Austria.
Why not visit one of their museums if you have an opportunity and any one of the countries they are located and you too will find the experience as exciting and interesting as we did.