It was founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud and was formerly known as "Madame Tussaud's and is a major tourist attraction in Londonwaxsculptor Marie Tussaudtourist attraction in London
Marie Tussaud, born Anna Maria Grosholtz (1761–1850) was born in Strasbourg, France. Her mother worked as a housekeeper for Dr. Philippe Curtius in Bern, Switzerland, who was a physician skilled in wax modelling. Curtius taught the girl the art of wax modelling. Marie Tussaud Strasbourg Philippe CurtiusBern physician Marie created her first wax figure, of Voltaire, in wax figureVoltaire
Following the doctors death in 1794, she inherited his vast collection of wax models and spent the next 33 years travelling around Europe. By 1835 Marie had settled down in BakerBaker StreetStreet, London, and opened a museum.
In 1842, she made a self portrait which is now on display at the entrance of her museum. self portrait She died in her sleep on 15 April 1850.
Today's wax figures at Tussauds include historical and royal figures,
The exhibition is still being added nowadays. Some of the sculptures done by Marie Tussaud herself still exist. The gallery originally contained some 400 different figures, but the fire damaged many of Them in Madame Tussaud's wax museum has now grown to become a major tourist attractiontourist attraction in London.