Madame Tussauds is the name of several wax museums in London, Amsterdam, New York, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Berlin. In these museums you will find replicas in full-size wax from well-known and famous persons. In addition, one can also experience some interactive and surprising effects with the wax celebrities.
Madame Tussauds history is a rich and fascinating one with roots dating back to Strasbourg in 1761, where Anna Maria Tussaud was born.
She was the daughter of the housekeeper of Dr. Philippe Curtius, a physician in Bern, who was skilled in wax modelling, which he used to illustrate anatomy.
In 1765 he moved to Paris, where he set up a wax Cabinet. Two years later they again joint him. Curtius taught Tussaud the art of wax modelling; she showed a lot of talent and started to work for him.
During the French Revolution of 1789 Marie Tussaud was employed to make death masks of the victims of the guillotine, including some of the revolution's most infamous dead such as Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI and Robespierre. Her death masks were held up as revolutionary flags and paraded through the streets of Paris and exhibited in the Revolution museum.
In 1794 after the death of Curtius inherited Marie Tussaud his collection.
In 1802 Marie Tussaud went to London with her four year old son Joseph. Then when the French-English war broke out she couldn't get back to France. She travelled with her collection throughout Great Britain and Ireland. After the war, her second son also came to England.
In 1835 Madame Tussauds opened its first museum in Baker Street in London. Along with her two sons they put on the museum until her death in 1850. Her grandson Joseph Randall moved the collection in 1884 to the current location on Marylebone Road.
In 1971 Madame Tussauds Amsterdam opens its doors in the Kalverstraat. It has thereby become the first site outside of England since 1817.
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