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.
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.
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.
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!
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.