Blending History and Celebrity
In the 20th Century Madame Tussauds role began to change. With a more literate public and the growth of a popular tabloid press, access to information about current events became easily available. The exhibition therefore gradually became less a source of direct news but more a commentary about popular celebrity. This Century has also seen the London exhibition come through some major upheavals, surviving near destruction by fire, earthquake and blitz bombing. Today it is bigger and better than ever, combining its diverse history with the glamour, intrigue and infamy of 21st century celebrity.
Some of Madame Tussauds original work and earliest relics are still on display, including the death masks she was forced to make during the French Revolution and the guillotine blade that cut off Marie Antoinette’s head. Guests can also marvel at probably the earliest example of animatronics, a breathing model of Louis XVs sleeping mistress, Madame du Barry, nicknamed Sleeping Beauty. And of course there are the more contemporary stars of Madame Tussauds. From Brad Pitt to Naomi Campbell, David Beckham to Prince William, the biggest names in entertainment, sport and politics are here, authentic down to the last detail.
Finger on the pulse ...
From its roots in the French Revolution right up to the present day, Madame Tussauds has presented all the biggest names in the news for the scrutiny of an ever curious public. Changes have been made and new figures constantly added to reflect contemporary public opinion and celebrity popularity. A visit to Madame Tussauds is a must for any one who has ever been in the slightest bit curious about the famous and infamous. After all, where else can you savour two centuries of fame and infamy and tell the biggest stars of today exactly what you think of them?
Madame Tussauds is delighting audiences around the world with interactive attractions in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Hollywood, Las Vegas, New York, Washington DC , Bangkok and Vienna in 2011.