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A London Visit To Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum

Aug 18, 2007
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and the London Planetarium are must sees for any London traveler. Over 2 million people visit the museum yearly and this makes it the tourist destination of choice. It can be very crowded with so many people wanting to see it.

A grisly past accompanies the wax museum but that hasn't stopped it from becoming a world famous destination. It began in France in the 18th century with Madame Tussaud using people that were chosen to die via the guillotine as subjects for wax death masks. Two of the more notable ones were Louis IV and Marie Antoinette. These wax figures as well as other well known historical figures and even some of today's Hollywood celebrities are on display in the museum. The very strange display even includes examples from Dr. Curtius who was Madame Tussaud's teacher.

After Madame Tusaud relocated from Paris, France to London in 1835, she opened the museum. As a result of always updating the collection throughout the years, the museum has something that will interest most visitors.

The chamber of horrors will frighten most children as it portraits murder and bloody warlords, even though it does so with amusement in mind. Great to see if you are a blood and gore fan.

If you have a desire to see wax figures of the famous, then visit the Garden party. You'll be able to see sport stars as well as movie stars along with important historical and modern figures. If you prefer to see royalty, government or figures from British history, then make sure to visit the grand hall.

Be sure to include the ride The Spirit of London in your visit. It will carry you through 4 centuries of British history, including the sights and sounds from the era of Jack the Ripper.

The wax figures that you will see at the museum are so real looking that you might find yourself talking to them! Because they are so lifelike and with exhibits portraying execution, perhaps this is why the Chamber of Horrors is so frightening to children and many adults. Only the best of craftsman will find employment at Madame Tussaud's.

If you purchase an admission ticket to the wax museum, you'll also receive one for the London Planetarium, whose name as been recently changed to The Auditorium. You'll be entertained with a 10 minute show that depicts the London sky.

You can travel to both the wax museum and the planetarium by using the London Underground Subway System also known as the tube and taking the Baker Street exit near Regents Park. Try to arrive as early as you can due to the heavy volume of tourists but even doing that will find you waiting about 20 minutes.
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For more on London travel, visit http://www.londontravelholiday.com - a website that offers tips on London travel destinations such as Westminster Abbey, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Buckingham Palace to name but a few.
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