The History of Madame Tussauds
200 years of fame
Million and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds London since they first opened over 200 years ago. Madame Tussauds opened its doors in the heart of Sin City in Las Vegas in the year of 1999.
There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good, old fashioned curiosity. Today visitors are sent on a unique journey through the realms of history, power and fame. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone so guests can truly get up close and personal with A-list celebrities, sports legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, reliving times, events and moments that made the world talk about them.
From France to Britain to the United States of America
The attraction’s history is a rich and fascinating one, with roots dating back to the Paris of 1770. It was there that Madame Tussaud learned to model wax likenesses under the tutelage of her mentor, Dr. Philippe Curtius. At 17 years of age, she became the art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister at the Palace of Versailles and then, during the French Revolution, was hastily forced to prove her allegiance to the feudalistic nobles by making death masks of executed aristocrats. Madame Tussaud came to Britain in the early 19th century alongside a travelling exhibition of revolutionary relics and images of public heroes and rogues.
Bringing The News to Life
Priceless artifacts from the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars vividly brought to life events in Europe which had a direct bearing on everyday lives. Figures of leading statesmen and, in the Chamber of Horrors, notorious villains put faces to the names on everyone’s lips and captured the public imagination. In 1835, Madame Tussauds’ exhibition established a permanent base in London as the Baker Street Bazaar- visitors paid ‘sixpence’ for the chance to meet the biggest names of the day.
The attraction moved to its present site in Marylebone Road come 1884. In 2000, Madame Tussauds arrived to the United States with opening its first attraction in Las Vegas, Nevada. The attraction received such great response that in 2000, Madame Tussauds opened its door in New York City’s Times Square location. Madame Tussauds arrived at the nation’s capital in October of 2007 and opened in Hollywood, CA in 2009.