Madame Tussauds opened to the public in Times Square in 2000 and has millions of visitors each year to see the famous realistic wax figures on display inside.
Inside is a museum style gallery of models of the rich and famous, the glamourous and newsmakers, the infamous and the notorious. Part of the attraction we all have for Madame Tussauds is our curiosity and desire to journey back in time to see these great people.
We visited Madame Tussauds gallery in Hong Kong and were delighted at the realism and great recreations there. Here in New York is no difference – the quality and realism of the wax models is incredible.
We start with an opening night party with lots of Hollywood celebrities on hand to greet us. Then it’s on to TV stars and of course famous people and icons of New York.
Each section of the gallery has a theme, like figures from Pop Culture and Music and Sports icons.
In the Authentic History section we can see a wax recreation of the artist herself – Madame Tussaud, or as she was originally known, Marie Grosholtz, who in Strasbourg France in 1777 began the wax modeling legacy.
Her mother worked as a housekeeper for a doctor in Bern Switzerland who was skilled at making wax models. He taught the young Tussaud the art of wax modeling.
Her first model was of Voltaire in 1777. She went on to model many famous people, including Benjamin Franklin.
By 1835, Marie had settled in London and opened a museum which contained 400 figures.