Madame Tussauds: A Landmark for London

Madame Tussaud's

Donald Trump’s statue has been unveiled in Madame Tussauds. For five months, the team at Madame Tussauds quietly sculpted, polished and painted the face of the 45th President of the United States. This museum claims that this will be President Donald Trump as you have never seen him before, up close and personal and made entirely of wax. Four waxworks were created by Madame Tussauds, and the other three have been shipped to Washington DC, New York and Orlando.

Millions of visitors come to London every year and most of they don’t leave without visiting Madame Tussauds. Of course, there are so many landmarks in this historic city that it becomes difficult to fit them all into a short visit.

The officials at The Holiday Inn London West say that the best way to save time for sight-seeing is to book accommodation at budget hotels in Acton. When you stay at cheap hotels near Wembley Stadium & Twickenham, you are within easy reach of most of the popular tourist attractions.

Uniqueness of the Museum

Founded by Marie Tussaud, who was a native of Strasbourgh, France. She was a sculpture who created her first wax statue way back in 1777, of Voltaire, at the tender age of 16. The first and largest of her museums is in London with many smaller galleries across multiple cities of the world. Initially, the name of the museum was spelled as “Madame Tussaud’s” but recently, the apostrophe has been dropped by Merlin Entertainment Group.

Ever since it first opened on 1835, this museum has been leaving visitors awestruck. The museum displays a wide array of A-list celebrities, like Kate Winslet, Daniel Craig, Kim Kardashian and Her Majesty the Queen, translated almost perfectly in wax. Interestingly, the celebrities are not paid anything for these statues, and most consider it an honor to be represented at this museum. And rightly so, given the amount of effort and skilled craftsmanship required to produce each work of art.

But Why Wax?

Adame Anne Marie Tussad’s mother was a housekeeper for Dr. Philippe Curtius, who made wax models to illustrate the anatomy. Young Adame picked up the trade from him. Her first sculpture was Francois Voltaire, which she made at the tender age of 16. Soon, her work became well known and she ended up becoming more famous for her work than her mentor ever was. Madame Tussaud did her own portrait in wax just eight years before she died, which is gloriously presented at the museum.

Living Sculptures

The artists at Madam Tussauds take about 150 measurements of the person whose statue is to sculpted, to create a perfect likeliness. Sometimes, famous people sit for measurements more than once. Queen Elizabeth has modeled for a variety of different poses over the years. While sculpting, all figures are made two percent larger than the person really is, keeping in mind the expected shrinkage throughout the entire process.

However, it is the hair that takes most of the time. In the process of insertion of the hair strands, the fitting of each strand of hair is done individually with a tool, one strand at a time! And all statues in the museum have their hair washed and make-up retouched regularly.

So, whenever you visit London next make sure you visit this amazing gallery. The best way to do so is to book accommodation at one of the cheap hotels near Wembley Stadium & Twickenham.

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