Madame Tussauds is the most popular and talked about wax museum in the world. There are wax models of the famous and infamous, both living and dead, from every walk of life. David Beckham, Madonna, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Charlie Chaplin, Jack the Ripper… There is no other place where you can see all the celebrities at once, even if they are only wax figure.
The wax figures are standing and sitting, and sometimes even moving and talking. Computer- controlled figures (they are called audio- animatronics) are especially popular with the visitors.
There are several halls at Madame Tussauds. Highlights include the Grand Hall, the Chamber of Horrors and The Spirit of London exhibition.
There is a special place for the Royal Family here too.
The politicians stand in solemn silence watching each other. A very strange company indeed: Winston Churchill, Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin…
New models are being produced all the time while the old ones are quietly removed from display.
Over the years hundreds of celebrities have made their way to Madame Tussauds studio. Most people agree to be portrayed but some refuse. Mother Teresa was one of the few who refused saying her work was important, not her person.
Count Dracula greets you at the entrance to the dark cellar full of villains and their victims, as well as the instrument of torture. An eerie reconstruction of one of the streets of London stalked by Jack the Ripper forms the centrepiece of the exhibition. One of his six victims – Catherine Eddowes – lies in a pool of blood.
Here you can also see Madame Tussauds original exhibition of relies from the French Revolution – the death masks of French nobility and the guillotine blade that was used to behead Marie Antoinette…
Sights, sounds and even smells of combine to tell you the colourful story of Britains capital city. Visitors climb into a Time Taxi and begin their historical journey… First you visit an Elizabethan theatre, then an old tavern where the great Shakespeare is working at Hamlet…
Youll go through the Plague and the Great Fire, youll see St. Pauls Cathedral being built… There are more than 70 figures in The Spirit of London exhibition. Many of them are animated: they breathe, talk and move.