Madame Tussauds London Vouchers Deals and Discounts
Now in 19 different cities across the globe, Madame Tussauds in London is the original and first, having been founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud herself in the 19th century. Today, Madam Tussaud’s is famous throughout the world and is a top destination for many visitors coming to London.
How to Get There
- Madame Tussaud’s has been operating in the same neighbourhood for over 100 years – Situated in Marylebone Road next to the junction with by Baker Street.
- Nearest Underground Station is Baker Street
- Nearest Rail Station is Marylebone
- Bus Routes are (numerous!) 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 295, 274, 453
£30.00 Adult, £25.00 Child 4-15, FREE Under 4
Top Tip on How To Save Money
Book online! When booking your tickets in advance online you can save up to 50%! Also you will be put into a different queue when you arrive which can dramatically cut down waiting times. Click here to book tickets.
Top Tip on Timing –
Madame Tussaud’s is one of the rare London attractions that is better to visit in the afternoon. Queues are largest at the beginning of the day as many coach groups and tourists start their day here before heading into Central London. If you can plan to arrive around 15:00 you’ll find the queues shorter and your ability to get photographs of the wax works without other people in your way significantly better!
Who Was Madame Tussauds?
Born Anna Maria “Marie” Grosholtz in 1761, Madame Tussaud started her illustrious career by working as a housekeeper for a physician and wax sculptor named Dr. Philippe Curtius. Eventually Curtius began teaching Marie his trade and she showed natural talent and technique.
Her skills were so recognised that she was invited by members of the royal family to portray their likenesses, as well as sculpting some of the most well-known political characters in the 18th century – including Voltaire and Benjamin Franklen. Her career took a dramatic turn during the French Revolution when she was employed to make death masks of guillotine victims such as Robspierre, King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Soon Marie Tussaud could be found digging through sanitaries, collecting the heads of any illustrious corpses she found!
Marie moved to London in 1802 and by 1835 she had established her first permanent wax exhibition in Baker Street. She died in her sleep in 1859 at the age of 88 leaving behind a legacy that has grown internationally and still delights visitors the world over more than 100 years after her death.
The Creative Process
Far from digging around in cemeteries to find famous faces to depict, today Madame Tussaud’s employs an international team of the best wax artists in the world who set to work creating the likenesses of superstars the world over. Their work is painstaking and comprehensive with every wax work made going through an intensive step-by-step process.
1. Sitting – Hundreds upon hundreds of measurements are taken of the chosen subject. From ear lobe width to the bend of an elbow, the subject is measured and documented with hundreds if not thousands of photographs being taken.
2. Sculpting – The person depicted is exactly recreated in clay. This clay figure creates a mould for the wax figure to come. According to Madame Tussaud’s website, over 150kg of clay is used to make this figure!
3. Moulding – Around the surface of the clay, a plaster cast is taken. This cast stays on file so the subject can be recreated at any time in the years to come. Some of the plaster moulds Madame Tussaud’s has in storage are over 200 years old!
4. Pouring – Finally, the wax! Melted wax is coloured with dye before being heated into molten. Then the wax is poured into the plaster mould. The wax is left to cool and solidify into a thickness of 5/8 inches.
5. Removal – Around an hour and a half after being left to harden, the pieces of the mould are pulled away to reveal the wax figure underneath. Wax moulds of the figures eyes and teeth are melted away so acrylic eyes and teeth can be added later.
6. Hair – There’s no cheap wigs to be found at Madame Tussaud’s! Every head of hair is crafted by an expert hairstylist who individually inserts every. Single. Strand! This process can take up to six entire weeks. All the hair used is human and ethically sourced.
7. Colouring – Make up artists step in here to recreate the colouring and features of the model. Up to 20 different colours are used to create a natural looking skin tone and oil paints are layered – sometimes up to 20 times – one on top of the other to create realistic texture. All freckles, wrinkles, moles, etc. are accurately recreated. Teeth and eyes are introduced.
8. Fashion – The model is fully dressed and ready to go on display!
All together it takes months to produce each individual subject and costs around £150,000 per sculpture!
Today the Museum holds dozens upon dozens of the highest quality wax works in the world. The wax figures are divided into different sections. Here is a list of the different areas and an example of famous faces held within:
- Party – Colin Firth, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
- Bollywood – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan
- Film – Shrek, Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin
- Sports – David Beckham, Muhammad Ali, Mo Farah
- Royals – Queen Elizabeth II, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Charles and Camilla
- Culture – Albert Einstein, Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare
- Music – Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Elvis, Michael Jackson
- Scream – The Chamber of Horrors (12 years and up)
- Spirit of London – A black cab ride through the capitals history
- Marvel Super Heroes – Wax works and a 4-D film experience