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Madame Tussaud's

Madame Tussaud was born Marie Grosholtz in 1761 in Strasbourg. She learned the art of wax modelling from Phillipe Curtius, a doctor, who employed Marie's mother. Marie served in the court of Louis XVI who along with Marie Antoinette was guillotined in 1793 during the French Revolution. She was required to make death masks of the former king and others who had suffered the same fate. On inheriting the wax figure collection of Phillipe Curtius, Madame Tussaud as she then was travelled to Britain with her collection and in 1835 opened her museum in London. Since then it has been refurbished and renovated and is constantly adding to its vast collection, although the figures on display are replaced from time to time to keep the exhibition fresh and uptodate. The exhibition is spread over various sections: there is a very harrowing and macabre Chamber of Horrors - murderers, villains; the Garden Party - politicians, film and sports stars; 200 years of Madame Tussaud's - from 18th century figures to the present; The Spirit of London - a taxi-ride through 400 years of London; the Grand Hall - royalty and heads of state on display. Whilst here take time to visit the Rock Circus and the Planetarium. A combined ticket is available for Madame Tussauds and the Planetarium. There are often long queues for entry to this attraction so it is advisable to pre-book tickets by telephone.