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Madame Tussauds is iconic. Although offshoots of the popular wax figures are now located all over the world, the legendary original is still in London. In the interactive exhibition of the wax museum, there are strikingly accurate representations of over 200 prominent personalities from politics, sport, film and music.

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9 tips for visiting the Madame Tussauds London

Madame Tussauds London | fotogoocom - CC BY 3.0
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Touching allowed!Madame Tussauds is all about the lifelike wax figures of past and present celebrities. If you like to be up close and personal with your favourite stars, this is the place for you. You are allowed to touch most of the wax figures - they may even be hugged or even kissed, so don't be shy! Selfies are a must also.
Sit with George Clooney | Photo: Flickr, Luke Rauscher - CC BY 2.0
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Keep an eye on the current exhibitionsThe wax museum has more than 200 figures of famous personalities in various topics - from politics, sports, music and film. But Madame Tussauds is constantly on the move. Regularly, new changing exhibitions and interactive experiences are offered. A visit to Madame Tussauds London is therefore always worth it. In addition to evergreens like Marvel and Star Wars, there are always new, temporary attractions on popular themes like Sherlock Holmes or The Voice. Find out in advance if there is an exhibition that particularly interests you.
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Plan your time properlyExpect to spend at least two hours exploring Madame Tussauds London, including the Spirit of London. However, there's no time limit for your stay; three or four hours can pass quickly here. Plan in the waiting time at the cashier if you haven't booked a skip-the-line ticket.
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Avoid queuesOn days with high visitor traffic, the waiting time can unfortunately last up to two hours. Fast-track tickets are therefore especially recommended in summer or during the holidays. Booking in advance is also recommended - this also saves money.
Albert Einstein at Madame Tussauds London | Luke Rauscher - CC BY 2.0
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Do not forget your cameraPhotos of the wax stars are an integral part of the Madame Tussauds experience. Many exhibits have been created specifically for photography and filming. But beware: no photos are allowed in the areas of the Sherlock Holmes Experience and the Marvel Super Heroes 4D Experience. If images are to be used for commercial purposes, please contact the staff for further information. Forgot your camera? No problem, for an extra fee Madame Tussauds' staff will take photos of you and the wax figures.
Marvel Heroes at Madame Tussauds London | Denis Bourez - CC BY 2.0
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Save money with combination ticketsIf you want to see even more attractions in London, a combination ticket might be a good idea. This also includes admission to the SEA LIFE London, Shrek's Adventure or The London Dungeon and a ride on the London Eye.
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A trip for the whole family?A trip to Madame Tussauds is essentially suitable for all age groups. However, some changing exhibitions might be a bit scary for children under 8 years old, such as the Sherlock Holmes Experience, while the Alien Escape Experience and the Chamber of Horrors are generally not recommended for guests under 15 years old.
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International branches of Madame TussaudYou don't have a trip to London on your schedule at the moment but you still desperately want to visit Madame Tussauds? No problem, there are now more than twenty branches of the wax museum worldwide, including Madame Tussauds New York and Madame Tussauds Hollywood, or Madame Tussauds Vienna.
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What is the Marvel Superheroes 4D Experience?The Marvel Superheroes 4D Experience takes place in a three-storey auditorium and brings the Marvel superheroes to life with the help of wax figures, interactive areas and 4D animation! Feel the wind and the earth shaking as Hulk, Ironman, Captain America and Spiderman save London from destruction. The 4D Experience is included in the price of the tickets.
Marilyn Monroe Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds London | Mvkulkarni23 - CC BY-SA 3.0

The attractions of Madame Tussauds London

There's hardly a place that lends itself so well to selfies as Madame Tussauds London. After all, its huge variety of lifelike wax figures offers photo opportunities with stars from a wide range of pop culture and world history. In addition, the long-established waxwork cabinet presents itself as very modern with various interactive highlights.

Themes in the wax museum

In the music area, wax versions of icons like Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, and Bob Marley meet modern stars like Rihanna and Taylor Swift. In sports, you can see snapshots of Muhammad Ali or Cristiano Ronaldo. The film area is shared by cult directors like Steven Spielberg, fictional characters like the Terminator, and acting legends like Audrey Hepburn - and what would the British wax figure collection be without all the actors who played James Bond? Of course, the original Madame Tussauds in London also has to have a section for the royal family - in 2022 Queen Camilla was added.

Interactive experiences

Madame Tussauds London is no longer a dusty figure exhibition. Interactive spectacles are now just as much a part of the attraction as the wax figures, with the experiences changing regularly. Some of the mainstays include the ride Spirit of London, which allows you to travel through London's history inside a taxi, or the Marvel Superheroes 4D Experience, which features the popular comic book characters in an interactive film with wind and movement. Many attractions also cater to fans of horror, such as the Chamber of Horrors, with figures of notorious London criminals, or the Alien Escape Experience, which brings the chilling locations from the Alien horror movies to life.
The Royals in the Wax Museum | Photo: Flickr, Luke Rauscher - CC BY 2.0

Interesting facts about Madame Tussaud

The wax figures of Madame Tussauds are not a simple gimmick, they are British tradition. After all, the iconic wax museum has over 200 years of history under its belt.

That was Madame Tussaud

Born in Straßburg, France in 1761, Marie Tussaud moved in with a doctor named Philippe Curtius and her mother after the death of her father. Curtius had established a business for manufacturing wax models. From him, Marie finally learned the necessary craft and as early as 1780 she began to recreate celebrities such as Benjamin Franklin and Voltaire in wax. However, because she had worked for the royal family, she was imprisoned during the French Reign of Terror (La Grande Terreur) and was only able to save herself from execution by making death masks of the executed.

Foundation of the Museum

Marie Tussaud first came to London in 1802 to exhibit some of her pieces. Due to the Napoleonic Wars, she couldn't return to France. After a trip through Great Britain, she settled down with her son in London and founded, in the vicinity of where the current museum now stands, the first wax figure cabinet under her name. After her death in 1850, her son took over the craft and the museum remained in family ownership until the 1930s. Today, the company comprises numerous locations worldwide, with each location offering its own collection of wax figures. The originals made by Madame Tussaud are still owned by Madame Tussauds London, but are rarely shown to the public.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the attractions accessible for disabled people?

The attraction is wheelchair friendly, but guests with wheelchairs might need help from the staff to move between floors. For safety reasons, only 3 wheelchair users are allowed in the building at the same time and wheelchair slots need to be booked in advance for this reason. Assistance dogs are allowed. One accompanying person per guest is allowed to enter the attraction for free. Read more.

Can I bring my luggage into Madame Tussauds London?

Unfortunately, larger luggage is not allowed, and a security check takes place before every entry. Read more.

Are there lockers?

There are no lockers on-site, but there is a cloakroom where items such as bags, coats, and pushchairs can be dropped off during the visit. The prices range from £1 to at least £6 for a very large bag. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The attraction is open daily between 9:00 and 17:30, although the visiting times might be subject to changes.

tickets

Tickets are cheaper online than on site. A ticket with online booking costs £36, on site £42. A Fast-Track ticket with less crowds is available for £52.

address

Madame Tussauds
Marylebone Road
London, NW15LR

how to get there

Madame Tussauds can be easily reached by the London Underground. Visitors can get off at either Baker Street or Marylebone Station, both of which are served by several Underground lines, including Bakerloo, Circle, Jubilee, Metropolitan, as well as Hammersmith & City lines. Nearby bus stops are served by bus lines 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 205, 274 and 453.
Klaus Kainz
Written byKlaus KainzAs a studied historian, Klaus is not only interested in historical sights, but also in their fascinating backgrounds. For TicketLens, he gets to the heart of the most interesting information about attractions and travel destinations.
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