What will I see at Madame Tussauds London?Madame Tussauds has over 200 figures of famous figures in 15 themed zones! Meet world leaders, royals, musicians, sporting icons, and stars of stage and screen when you visit. There’s also the iconic Spirit of London ride, where you’ll take a black cab back in time to learn about London’s history, and the Marvel Superheroes 4D experience. There are also three immersive experiences: Kong: Skull Island, and the Sherlock Holmes and Alien:Escape live action experiences. Kong:Skull Island is included in the ticket price, the live experiences have a separate cost (£5 each or £8 for both), or you can buy a Premium ticket which includes them both.
Who was Madame Tussaud?Marie Tussaud (formerly Marie Grosholtz) was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1761. After her father’s death, she and her mother moved in with a doctor named Philippe Curtius, who founded a waxwork modeling company in Paris and trained Marie in the art of making waxworks. From 1780 until the beginning of the French Revolution Marie made famous portraits of celebrities including Benjamin Franklin and Voltaire, but as someone who’d worked for the royal family, she was arrested during the Reign of Terror and was only saved from execution when she agreed to make death masks of those who had been guillotined. She first came to London in 1802 to show some of her pieces but ended up stuck because the Napoleonic Wars had broken out and the journey back to France became impossible. Instead, she and her son toured Britain, eventually settling in London and founding the first Madame Tussauds waxwork museum, just down the road from the current premises! After her death in 1850, her son carried on her work and the museum stayed under the management of her children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren until the 1930s. Today there are 23 locations worldwide, each with their own local collections of waxworks. Madame Tussauds London still owns several of Marie Tussaud’s original waxworks, but they’re rarely displayed.
What’s the Marvel Superheroes 4D experience?The Marvel Superheroes 4D experience takes place in the 3-story auditorium and brings to life some of your favorite superheros through a combination of 4D animation, interactive themed areas, and realistic wax figures. You’ll feel the wind in your hair and the rumble under your feet as the Hulk, Ironman, Captain America, and Spiderman save London from destruction! Entry to the 4D experience is included in your ticket.
How long should I spend there?You should take at least 2 hours to walk through Madame Tussauds London, including taking the Spirit of London ride, which takes you on a tour of 400 years of the city’s history. There’s no limit on how much time you can spend inside, and you can easily spend 3 or 4 hours if you want to! If you haven’t booked skip-the-line tickets then allow some extra time for queuing at the entrance.
Can I take photographs?Absolutely! The only areas of the building where you can’t take photographs are in the Sherlock Holmes Experience and in the Marvel Super Heroes 4D experience. Some of the exhibits are specifically designed for photography and cameras, and camera phones are very welcome. If you want to take photographs or film for commercial reasons, you can contact the Madame Tussauds London staff for more information. There are also official photographers in the attraction, though official photographs carry an extra charge.
Is it suitable for children?A trip to Madame Tussauds London is suitable for all ages. That being said, the Sherlock Holmes experience and the Alien: Escape experience (both of which require a separate ticket) are immersive experiences. Children under the age of 8 may find some of the content and lighting of the Sherlock Holmes experience frightening, and the Alien: Escape experience isn’t recommended for guests under 15. While The Voice UK experience isn’t scary, guests should be at least 1.2m tall (3’11) to participate.