Madame Tussauds London

Madame Tussauds London

Among the many sights of London there are some that never lose their charm and attractiveness among tourists being the capital's iconic places. One of them surely is the museum that bears the name of French-born Maria Tussaud displaying the real-size nearly almost identical wax figures of world celebrities. It was first opened 200 years ago in Baker Street (and it was even before the famous museum of Sherlock Holmes), now it is located in Marylebone Road.

Production of each wax figure is a complicated process that takes some four months, as the figures literally duplicate their celebrity prototypes thanks to the work of 20 highly professional sculptors.

Among those prototypes are notable politicians and members of the Royal Family, sports starts and showbiz celebrities, there are even star criminals in the Chamber of Horrors, some 1,000 statues in total. The resemblance to the real people is so stunning that you start to realize why the museum's allow touching the figures – it is simply irresistible not to join Spiderman or Wolverine or not to give a little hug to Marilyn Monroe! The museum is especially proud of its Spirit of London chamber, where the interior and the audio surrounding are enhanced by the real city smells that are generated by a special machine.

Lately, there have been several 'newcomers' from the Star Wars franchise, the production of the iconic heroes of the saga cost 2.5 million pounds. As the museum is trying to keep up the latest trends, it even exhibits the Queen of Selfies (actress and model Kim Kardashian). Also you will meet all six James Bonds and one of the most highly paid models of the world, Adriana Lima. Well, and of course you will see the figure of Donald J. Trump.

In the summertime when the visitor stream grows into an avalanche, the museum extends its operating hours, which you can consult on its official website. Not far from here you will find the famous Sherlock Holmes Museum. London is the capital the museum's head-quarters, while its affiliates operate in Berlin, Vienna, Las Vegas, New York and many other cities with all of them displaying its own selection of figures.

Address: Marylebone Road
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 4 pm, Sat-Sun 9 am – 5 pm; July-August Mon-Sun 8.30 am – 6 pm. Closed on December 25.
How to reach: Baker Street metro station; buses 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 205, 274, 453, N18, N74, N205.
Coordinates: 51.52291, -0.15497