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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Madam Tussauds entry for two – looks like fun

Madame Tussaud has become a household name throughout the world for the long tradition of life like wax works which she began in 1777 when she created a wax figure of the popular writer Voltaire which fostered a fascination with wax works that has spread world wide. London was the home to the first Madame Tussauds wax work exhibition and has remained one of the most famous with their ever changing array of popular figures – it is now considered quite an honour to have your likeness displayed at Madame Tussauds and a sure sign that you have reached true stardom.

Madame Tussaud, then Anna Maria Grosholtz, learned her skill of wax modelling when she was young, from the physician for whom her mother worked, and began modelling people such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Benjamin Franklin. The French Revolution prompted her to begin creating death masks of prominent victims which were actually paraded through Paris in tribute to the fallen. Following her inheritance of the doctor’s wax work collection, and the marriage which resulted in her infamous name, Madame Tussaud began to exhibit her collection of waxworks in London where it found a permanent home.

Madame Tussauds has been famous since those days for the inclusion of some slightly gruesome scenes, with her Chamber of Horrors which featured not only her death masks but also figures of murderers and criminals of the day. Today the characters you can see at Madame Tussauds tend more towards famous faces of pop stars, Hollywood actors and famous figures in politics and world news, as well as interactive elements where you can have your photo taken on the red carpet with a host of superstars.

A visit to Madame Tussauds makes a great addition to any trip to London and makes a great gift for anyone visiting the capital or someone who may live in London but hasn’t yet explored the work of wax. Perhaps you are planning a trip to town, and want to spice it up with a fun and interesting activity, in which case entry to Madame Tussauds is a chance to rub shoulders with royalty and live the celebrity life.

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