This page gives an overview of the world-famous wax museum in London and contains important tips for visiting the interesting exhibition.
What is Madame Tussauds?
Figures of famous people in original size are exhibited. They look very similar to the real persons, you actually have the feeling to stand directly in front of these people.
Our tip: The queues at the cash desk of the famous wax figure exhibition in London are often extremely long (hunderts of metres). Without a ticket from the advance sale, you often wait for hours.
We therefore recommend that you buy your tickets or the Madame Tussauds on the Internet beforehand. You get the tickets on this link.
The name of the wax museum goes back to the Frenchwoman Marie Tussaud, who produced and exhibited the first wax figures in 1835. Today, most of the figures are famous historical and political figures, actors, musicians and noblemen.
Among the most popular wax figures are Boris Becker, Muhammed Ali and David Beckham. Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson are popular musicians. Among the politicians in Madame Tussauds are Merkel, Obama, Putin and Tony Blair. Also all well-known Hollywood stars from Charlie Chaplin to Tom Cruise are exhibited in wax. Since the beginning of 2017 there is also Donald Trump as a wax figure. Selfies with celebrities are very popular among tourists.
What should I bear in mind when visiting?
Madame Tussauds belongs to the Top 5 sights in London. The queues at the entrance are often gigantic. It is not uncommon to wait several hours.
How to get to Madame Tussauds: Getting there by subway is very easy. The underground station nearby is Baker Street. It is one of the largest underground stations in London. At Baker Street the following 5 underground lines meet: the Metropolitan Line, the Jubilee Line, the Hammersmith & City Line, the Circle Line and the Bakerloo Line.
Admission prices Madame Tussauds: It is a private museum and lives to a large extent from the admission price. Since the wax figures are expensive and the demand for tickets to Madame Tussauds is high, the entrance fee is also not quite cheap. You pay for the entrance at the beginning of 2020 at the cash desk about 35 pounds for adults and 30 pounds for children. This usually takes a very long time (hours) to get in the museum. Fortunately it is possible to buy the tickets in advance on the Internet. There is also a good internet site (ticket dealers) offering tickets for the London Madame Tussauds.
Opening hours Madame Tussauds 2020: The exhibition is open every day except 25.12. (Christmas). The opening hours are complicated and vary from day to day, depending on the day of the week and the season. As far as we know it is always open from 10 to 16 o’clock. On many days the Wax Museum in London opens at 8:30 or 9 am and closes later (5 pm or 6 pm).
Tip: Excursion Harry Potter (Warner Brothers Studio Tour)
One of the most popular excursions in London goes to the film studios where the Harry Potter films were shot. The Warner Brothers studios are located about 30 kilometres north of London near the city of Watford. The tour includes a bus transfer from central London and has very good reviews. A “must” for every Harry Potter fan on a London holiday. The trip by bus and the visit to the film studios takes about 7 hours. You should book early, the popular Harry Potter trip from London is often sold out. The alternative arrival by public transport is not easy. The excursion to the Warner Brothers Studios is the highlight of the trip for many London vacationers.
On this page you can find more information and book the tour.
Does Madame Tussauds only exist in London?
In the meantime there are more than 20 “branches” of the wax figure exhibition in many important cities of the world, but the original one in London is the best known and largest wax figure cabinet on earth. In Europe you find branches in Berlin (not far from the Brandenburg Gate) and in Vienna. There are often special exhibitions on current themes, such as Star Wars figures in 2018.
All prices and other information are from the year 2018 or 2020 and are, like all information on this website, without guarantee.