Blending History and Celebrity
In the 20th century Madame Tussauds’ role began to change. Thanks to the rapid growth of both popular tabloid press and public literacy, information about current events was easily acquired. The attraction gradually, therefore, became less a source of direct news, than a commentary on popular celebrity. Today, Madame Tussauds is bigger and better than ever, combining its diverse history with the relentless glamour, intrigue and infamy of 21st century celebrity.
Some of Madame Tussauds’ original work and earliest relics are still on display in London, including the death masks she was forced to make during the French Revolution and the guillotine that beheaded Marie Antoinette.
Finger On The Pulse
Madame Tussauds continues to regularly add figures that reflect contemporary public opinion and celebrity popularity. Bruce Willis and Jennifer Aniston are some of the latest additions to New York's line up. The attraction also continues to expand globally with established international branches in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Hollywood, Amsterdam, Berlin, Blackpool, London, Vienna, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney – all with the same rich mix of interaction, authenticity and local appeal.
A visit to Madame Tussauds is essential. Where else can you savour two centuries of fame and notoriety, and tell the great and good exactly what you think?