Touring the British Isles
1802: Madame Tussaud takes her exhibition on tour to the British Isles, leaving behind her husband.
1835: With her sons, Madame Tussaud establishes a base in London at ‘The Baker Street Bazaar.’
1846: Punch Magazine coins the name Chamber Of Horrors for Madame Tussaud’s ‘Separate Room’, where gruesome relics of the French Revolution are displayed.
1850: Madame Tussaud dies.
1884: Marie’s grandsons move the attraction to its current site on Marylebone Road
1925: The attraction is devastated by fire.
1928: Restoration is completed with the addition of a cinema and restaurant.
1940: Madame Tussauds is struck by a German World War II bomb destroying 352 head moulds, and the cinema.
1958: Madame Tussauds opens the Commonwealth’s first Planetarium.
Present Day Madame Tussauds continue to be a major interactive tourist attraction, adding new wax figures almost every month and providing one of the most famous days out! There are currently 12 Madame Tussauds around the globe.
Meet Madame Tussaud herself - the woman who founded Madame Tussauds 200 years ago. Her life was as exciting as any Blockbuster movie!
Meet Madame Tussaud herself