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Madame Tussauds

It is a museum of wax figures representing famous people from all over the world. You will see not only artists (Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, Daniel Craig) but also political leaders (Barack Obama), athletes (Lionel Messi), monarchs (Queen Beatrice) and fictional characters like E.T. or Iron Man.

History of the museum

The Madame Tussauds Wax Figure Museum in Amsterdam, founded in 1972, is the second such museum in the world. The first was founded by Marie Tussauds in London in 1835. At the time, casting a wax model was the primary means of preserving a person’s image for future generations.
Marie Tussaud, or rather Marie Grosholtz, was born in 1761 in Strasbourg, France. She made her first model at the age of 16. During the French Revolution, she helped Dr. Curtius make casts of heads of guillotined people. After the revolution, she became the owner of all the models. In 1802, Marie and her eldest son traveled to London, where she held her first exhibition of wax figures, and 33 years later, she opened her first permanent exhibition in Baker Street. By 1850, when Madame Tussauds died, the collection had grown to 400 figures.
The production of wax casts today is different from that of the 18th century, but it is still a lengthy process. It takes about 3 months to make a figurine and several specialists work on it.
There are currently 26 branches of Madame Tussauds around the world, located on 4 continents.

What you will find on site:
At the museum, you can not only look at your favorite artists or sportsmen, but also touch them and take a picture with them. You could also find yourself in one of the paintings of… Van Gogh. Interactive exhibitions have been prepared for this purpose. And in Herman Brood’s special studio, you have the possibility to create your own work.


How to get to Madame Tussauds

Open daily: 10:00 to 18:00

Ticket price: €25, online €22

Dam 20, 1012 NP Amsterdam, The Netherlands