Madame Tussauds Wax Museum New York
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum New York is a wax museum that opened in 2000. The museum’s original home is located at Marylebone Road, London. Marie Tussauds feature prominent figures in history, politics, culture, sports, music, fashion and movie stars History and Foundation
The founder of the museum, Anna Maria Grosholtz (or Marie Tussaud), was born in France in 1761 in the town of Strasbourg.
Dr. Philippe Curtius, a physician who was adept in wax modeling, employed Tussaud’s mom as a housekeeper. Dr. Curtius was responsible for Tussauds’ knowledge in wax artistry. After his death in 1794, Marie inherited the doctor’s wax collection and spent the next thirty three years travelling around Europe. In 1795, she married François Tussaud, leading to the new name of her show: Madame Tussaud's.
In 1802, she flew to London to conduct her exhibit. The Franco-British war prohibited her from returning to France, so she continued to showcase her collection throughout Britain and Ireland. Her exhibit in 1835 settled down in Baker Street, London, also known as the Baker Street Bazaar. Marie died peacefully in her sleep in London at the eighty eight, on April 16, 1850. In 1884, her grandsons moved the exhibit, Madame Tussauds, to its present site in Marylebone Road.
Madame Tussauds arrived in the United States in 2000, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Due to the exhibit’s success, Madame Tussauds opened another branch on the same year in New York City’s Times Square.
Madame Tussauds features prominent figures in its exhibits and are categorized in the following: Political Leaders, Historical Figures, Cultural Figures, Pop Stars, Television Stars, Sports Stars, World Leaders, and Hollywood Stars.
In Political Leaders, visitors get to meet influential American politicians who have contributed much to America’s position as a Superpower. Some wax figures on display are: Colin Powell, Richard Nixon, George Bush and Barack Obama.
Historical Figures is a section in the museum that features prominent personalities that shaped the course of America’s history such as Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln and Malcolm X.
Cultural icons that are renowned due to their contributions and influence are featured in Cultural Figures. Examples of individuals presented here are Princess Diana, Pablo Picasso, and Jackie Kennedy-Onassis. Music plays a large influence in society and their impact is felt in areas such as fashion and culture.
In Pop Stars, important icons in music such as Madonna and Elvis Presley are on display.
Television Stars on the other hand features wax figures of Simon Cowell and Rachel Ray. Renowned athletes such as Muhammad Ali and Derek Jeter are seen on Sports Stars.
Leaders whose acts influenced and inspired the world, such as Nelson Mandela and Gandhi, are shown at World Leaders.
Icons of movie, beauty and talent are featured on Hollywood Stars, with wax figures of Angelina Jolie, Charlie Chaplin and Johnny Depp on display.
The Michael Jackson Experience lets visitors see three wax figures of the King of Pop. The exhibit celebrates Michael Jackson’s illustrious career in music, and features The Jackson 5 and Invincible.
He is the only known celebrity in history that has been constantly immortalized in wax, and featured in every Madame Tussauds exhibit in the world.
The Spirit of New York displays every iconic event and place that has shaped New York today. From the 9/11 Memorial to Central Park, from Broadway to the Brooklyn Bridge—all these imbibe the Spirit of New York. In Meet the "Fame" Monster, flamboyant and unique costumes of the talented Lady Gaga are featured.
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