The famous waxworks museum, started by Madame Tussaud in 1835, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London, and ... More
Madame Tussauds London
The famous waxworks museum, started by Madame Tussaud in 1835, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London, and usually have queues to match. With their fast-track booking system, visitors can bypass the queues with a pre-booking a time slot for a small charge. Madame Tussaud learned her trade making death masks during the French Revolution, and those of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette are displayed beside the actual blade that beheaded them. There are wax models of the famous and the infamous from every walk of life, some of which are amazingly life-like. The Spirit of London exhibit is where memorabilia from London's past are on display.
Too many people let in at the same time, felt very claustrophobic and cramped. Viewing the waxworks was difficult without being pushed and shoved along. Surprised with the health and safety laws in this country that they are allowed to get away with the volume of people they allow in. We left having seen perhaps half of the exhibitions, waste of money as it is not cheap to get in!
This place does not honor internet reservations withoput the person having made the reservations actually being present. I reserved for my wife and 12 year old daughter from a business trip in Asia. As I could obviously not be there, they had to pay almost double. Staff is very arrogant, insulting and unfriendly. Stay away!!!!!
At over £25 per person MT London represents probably the worst value for money of any attraction in London.
We booked our tickets ahead of time online and paid extra for a "priority pass" which is supposed to mean no queueing at the entrance, but on arrival everyone who booked online queues up together to collect their. There was absolutely no benefit in this extra paying and we were refused a refund.
Inside, the waxworks is pandemonium. Despite having tickets staggered in half hour slots, there is clearly no planning for visitor volumes. Each room was literally squeezed as full as possible with visitors, which meant you couldn't get within five feet of most of the wax works to see them properly and forget taking pictures. If you were prepared to queue up ten minutes in order to take a picture, you were constantly fighting with other people also trying to get pictures. Forget British notions of queueing in line, it was a case of every man for themselves.
Possibly the most interesting and understated aspect of the exhibit was the part that discussed the history of Madame Tussauds and the process of creating them.
Half of the waxworks models in the main exhibits I felt were only passable imitations and we had to read the plaques to figure out who they were. Because of the crowds this often meant a lot of jiggling and fighting just to figure out which no-account b-list celebrity's waxwork we were looking at. After about 20 minutes of this we gave up caring who most of the celebs were.
The "Scream" exhibit is appalling - a badly lit dungeon with awful "actors" who attempt to scare you essentially by saying "boo" to you. What a complete waste of time.
The Marvel Superheroes 4D exhibit has it's pros and cons. Firstly, there are only four actual waxworks - Spider-Man, Nick Fury (as played by Samuel L Jackson in the recent movies), Wolverine (a-la Hugh Jackman) and The Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba). Apart from this there is a fairly impressive 25 foot high model of The Hulk. The rest of the exhibit is just a bunch of screens giving useless information about various Marvel characters, and most of the screens seemed to be playing in other languages - we didn't see a single one in English and couldn't see how to change the language (other areas of the exhibition had touch screens with a language selection option).
The final element of the Marvel exhibit is in the former Planetarium dome, which is now used as an "interactive cinema". A 10 minute cartoon is played with reasonable 3D effects, but some laughable gusts of wind, splashes of water etc that constitute the "4D" part of the exhibit. It is tragic to have to confess that this cinematic extravaganza was about the highlight of our time at Madame Tussaud's, particularly tragic because the Planetarium is now gone forever.
Finally, there is supposed to be a "Taxi ride around London" which is the closest thing they have to an actual "ride". This was undergoing maintenance when we visited. We were offered no refund for this omission, which made us feel all the more that this place is a complete rip-off.
Don't waste your time or money.
Where would you like me to start......I used to visit MT in the 70's with school. I can remember the grim reality of a dimly lit gas chamber with nothing but a factual information board to give you the horrible reality of the mock up.I recently chose to take my children to the same venue hoping for a similar experience. I was deeply disapointed with the hoards of people trying to photograph their friends with some wax model that they probably have never heard of.Also the very inpolite way some "tourists" have about pushing and shoving other strangers about to get the "two fingered " peace shot in.
The final straw was to find the chamber of horrors turned into some gimp show with actors trying to scare people very poorly.To cap it all, a dumbed down ride in a London taxi around what was basically the equivalent of a 2010 GCSE history course. In fact we joked that we should all receive an automatic A Grade for realising who designed St Paul's cathedral.
This attraction unfortunately has gone down the "Theme park" road and is aimed fairly and squarely at non-english speaking tourists....YUK!
I just took my first trip through London's Madame Tussaud's this past May, and I will definitely stop there from now on whilst in London. This place is sooo much fun. You can spend HOURS looking around and taking pictures with the "stars"
One thing I would suggest is to go on a weekday during the morning, to early afternoon hours, as this is a hotspot for kids/teenagers, so it tends to get RIDICULOUSLY packed in there. It's also a bit pricy, I believe it was 27 pounds/pp when we went, but it's definitely worth it.
As I have had the opportunity to hear very expressly about Madame Tussaud's there is an intrigue that mystifies the museum following. Which is everybody, But!
I recently had a chance to visit the African-American History Museum in Philadelphia. The downstairs displayed were blocked by a historical file and questioinaire that compel men to sweat!
As I climbed to the upper levels, the populace became costly as a measure of upbringing in artforms. The picturing and displays was one that I didn't expect.
The whole gallery was very nice, but few articles had me stunned!
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