Madame Tussauds Berlin
Madame Tussauds is a famous wax museum. Today, museum branches are scattered around the world. There is a Madame Tussauds Museum in Berlin. It is located in close proximity to the Brandenburg Gate.
Millions of people visit the museum every year, not embarrassed either by the need to stand in line or by the high cost of the ticket.
The story of the incredible success of the wax museum began more than 250 years ago.
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The future Madame Tussauds, Marie Grossholz, was born in 1761 in Strasbourg, a few months after the death of her father. And although she never saw her father, the future fate of Marie was mystically influenced by the fact that all the men in their family were executioners.
The girl’s mother got a job as a housekeeper to the sculptor Philip Curtis, who worked with wax. Marie enrolled as a student in the Curtis workshop and at the age of seventeen she made her first mask – the fashionable philosopher Voltaire. Soon after, Marie receives an order to execute the figure of the sister of King Louis XVI, then his favorite, and Marie becomes almost a court sculptor.
But then the French happened and she, as an accomplice of the royalists, was nearly executed. But unusual abilities saved, and the next few years, Marie is engaged in removing posthumous masks from the heads of the executed, cut off by the guillotine, first the king and his followers, and then the revolutionaries themselves.
In 1794, Marie inherits Curtis’s wax workshop, and the next year marries Mr. Tussauds. The marriage was unsuccessful, and Marie, having left her gambler and her husband’s drunkard, goes to England with her wandering “cabinet of horrors” – the heads of executed celebrities.
After a couple of decades, Madame Tussauds opens her museum in London, which presents not only horrors, but also quite healthy celebrities of that time. Madame Tussauds personally guided tours of the museum, saying that she could never forget what she experienced during the French Revolution.
Since then, the concept of Madame Tussauds has changed many times. Only the main thing remained unchanged – the representation of recognizable individuals from wax.
The first branch of the London Museum was opened in Amsterdam in 1972. The Madame Tussauds Berlin Museum has existed since 2008.
One of the secrets to the success of Madame Tussauds is that it changes with time. New characters are constantly appearing, new forms of presentation.
One of the novelties is the presentation of famous scenes from popular films. This is the interactive department of the museum. At the Madame Tussauds Museum in Berlin, you can see a scene from Dirty Dancing and almost fly in the arms of Patrick Swayze, sit next to the character of Tom Hanks from Forrest Gump, or ride a bike with an alien from the movie of the same name with the baby. A whole room is dedicated to twelve famous characters from Star Wars.
In the new football department, opened in 2018, you can not only see the “super pros” of German football players, but also feel the atmosphere of the stadium and play table football.
It’s nice to feel invited to a closed party of Hollywood stars, take a picture with Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie or Johnny Depp.
Historical figures still form the basis of Madame Tussauds. Ms. Tussauds herself will invariably meet you here. However, each museum is not like the others. In each of the museum’s branches around the world, visitors are presented with figures of people associated with the history of that particular country where it is located.
In the Madame Tussauds Berlin museum you can see unforgettable characters of German history – Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Adolf Hitler, Pope Benedict XVI, Angela Merkel, writers Bertold Brecht and Gunter Grass, Albert Einstein, as well as modern German cultural, political, television stars – Heidi Klum, Oliver Cannes and others.
In total, the Berlin Wax Museum presents 120 figures of famous personalities.
All figures can be photographed (except for Hitler). Madame Tussauds Museum keeps up to date – for selfie lovers, wigs and costumes are often placed next to the figures so that you can take a photo with the character in an appropriate setting.
Liverpool four in wax, © Siri Froystein
Mode of operation
Madame Tussauds is open daily, seven days a week.
Monday to Friday – from 10.00. until 6 p.m. The last pass of visitors – at 17 hours;
Saturday and Sunday – from 10.00. until 7 p.m. The last pass of visitors – at 18 hours.