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Meet the lady who started it all and learn about the current process of wax figure creation.
Madame Tussaud in 1778

WHO IS MADAME TUSSAUDS?

Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was. There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it, all is good old-fashioned curiosity.

Madame Tussaud herself holding a wax head figure

THE MAKING OF A STAR

  • 1761

    Madame Tussaud is born Marie Grosholtz in Strasbourg
  • 1777

    Marie models the famous author and philosopher, Francois Voltaire
  • 1780

    Marie becomes art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister and goes to live at the Royal Court in Versailles
  • 1789

    On the eve of The French Revolution, Marie returns to Paris
  • 1793

    Marie is imprisoned with her mother in the notorious Laforce Prison, Paris. On her release, she is forced to prove her allegiance to the Revolution by making death masks of executed nobles and her former employers, the King and Queen
  • 1794

    The French Revolution ends and Marie inherits Dr Philippe Curtius’ wax exhibition
  • 1795

    Marie marries François Tussaud
Madame Tussauds Exhibition Catalogue

BRINGING HISTORY TO BRITAIN

  • 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
Madame Tussauds is struck by a German World War II bomb destroying 352 head moulds, and the cinema

A HISTORIC ATTRACTION IS BORN

  • 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
Madame Tussauds 250 Years

ATTRACTIONS AROUND THE WORLD

  • 1972

    The second European Madame Tussauds attraction opens in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 1999

    The first American Madame Tussauds opens in Las Vegas
  • 2000

    The second American Madame Tussauds attraction opens in New York, and the same year Madame Tussauds opens in Hong Kong
  • 2006

    Madame Tussauds opens in Shanghai
  • 2007

    The third American attraction opens in Washington DC
  • 2008

    The third European site becomes Berlin, where the attraction opens in ‘Unter den Linden’
  • 2009

    The fourth American site opens in Hollywood
  • 2010

    Madame Tussauds Bangkok opens in December - the third attraction in Asia
  • 2011

    Vienna (Austria) and Blackpool (UK) both open in April 2011 - the global count is now up to 12 attractions
  • 2011

    Celebrating 250 Years!
Prince William, Princess Kate, Mark Zuckerberg Madame Tussauds Figures

THE NEXT 250 YEARS

  • 2012

    G'day! Madame Tussauds arrives Down Under in Sydney
  • 2013

    Madame Tussauds attractions open in Tokyo and Wuhan
  • 2014

    The fifth US attraction opens in San Francisco, California, and China’s third attraction opens in Beijing.
  • 2015

    Madame Tussauds lands in Orlando, Florida.