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London Sights

Madame Tussauds

Updated 03/03/2014

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One of London's busiest tourist attractions, this is nothing less—but also nothing more—than the world's most famous exhibition of lifelike waxwork models of celebrities. Madame T. learned her craft while making death masks of French Revolution victims, and in 1835 she set up her first show of the famous ones near this spot. Top billing still goes to the murderers in the Chamber of Horrors, who stare glassy-eyed at visitors—one from an electric chair, one sitting

next to the tin bath where he dissolved several wives in quicklime. What, aside from ghoulish prurience, makes people stand in line to invest in one of London's most expensive museum tickets? It must be the thrill of all those photo opportunities with royalty, Hollywood stars, and world leaders—all in a single day. Beat the crowds by booking timed entry tickets in advance. You can also buy non-dated, "priority access" tickets via the website (at a premium).

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Sight Information

Address:

Marylebone Rd., London, NW1 5LR, England

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Phone:

0870-400–3000-for timed entry tickets

Sight Details:

  • £15–£35 according to time; call or check website. Combination ticket with London Eye, London Dungeons, and London Aquarium from £35–£57.
  • Early Apr. and mid-July–Aug., daily 9–7; Sept.–Mar. and mid-Apr.–mid-July, weekdays 9–5:30 (last admission), weekends 9:30–6 (last admission)

Updated 03/03/2014

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Apr 2, 2008

Pure dreck and expensive -- don't bother

Just horrible all around. Ridiculously expensive, inexplicably crowded with long lines. About half the wax figures actually look like the person they represent, while the rest aren't even close -- and several aren't even labeled as to who they are. They tend to bottle people up at certain points, not surprisingly near souvenir and food stations. Chamber of horrors is just Disneyland ride level stupid. If you must go, pre-purchase your ticket or risk

standing forever in line. But please do yourself a favor and save your precious sightseeing money and time for something worthwhile.

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By Amanda

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May 25, 2004

HUGE WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY

Madame Tussaud's is my biggest regret!! The line was unreal, the ticket prices were sky-high (nearly $40), and the crowds were almost crushing! There is so much more to see in London!! Don't waste your time here.

By David

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Jan 22, 2004

Pointless pre-TV era Victorian attraction

When this museum was first opened it must have been a marvel. No-one had the chance to see likenesses of famous individuals. Nowadays we see fantastic photos and moving pictures of famous people all the time - indeed the nature of fame has changed, and one's appearnace tends to be a major factor in becoming famous. The waxworks all either look like the real people - in which case, big deal we know exactly what they look like already - or don't,

in which case they are failures. That this museum continues to attract visitors and a good press is a fascinating example of how reputation built in another age can persist with good marketing.

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By Kim

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Sep 10, 2002

Pure Tourist Camp

Okay so it's a tourist trap, the tickets are pricey, some of the wax figures look very much like their real counterparts and some don't, but it has to be done at least one time. Sort of like going to see 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' at least once in a movie theater. Trashy but fun.

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