Have you been to one of the Madame Tussauds Shanghai wax museums before? Marie Tussaud (1761–1850) or more commonly known as Madame Tussaud is the founder of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Tussaud was born in Strasbourg, France and had learnt the art of wax modeling from Dr. Philippe Curtius. In 1835, she opened the first Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum at Baker Street, London. The museum was later known as Madame Tussauds Wax Museum as the apostrophe is no longer used.
There are currently 14 Madame Tussauds wax museums around the world. May last year, I had visited Shanghai’s Madame Tussauds Wax Museum (上海杜莎夫人臘像館), the 6th of its kind in the world. Opened in May, 2006, the Madame Tussauds Shanghai is located at 10th floor of New World Building (新世界商厦) at Nanjing West Road (南京西路). One can take Shanghai Metro Line 1, Line 2 or Line 8 and alight at People’s Square Metro Station. Take Exit 9 of the Metro Station and Madame Tussauds Shanghai is 1 minute walk from the People’s Square Metro Station (人民广场地铁站).
For your information, Shanghai’s Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is opened daily from 1000 till 2100. The admission fee is Chinese Yuan 135 per adult, and there are other combo tickets on sale. I read that there are more than 80 lifelike wax figures on display inside the wax museum. The Madame Tussauds Shanghai has altogether 7 thematic exhibition areas, namely Shanghai Glamour, Behind the Scenes, Science and Best of Britain, Music, Film, Pepsi Studio, Sports as well as Love Room.
Inside the “Shanghai Glamour” exhibition hall, one can meet up with both the famous Hollywood and Asian stars, such as Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Sylvester Stallone and Lady Gaga, just to name a few.
Next, we found out how the wax figures of favorite celebrities are made. Inside the “Behind the Scenes” exhibition hall, we also found a life size wax figure of Madame Tussaud herself!
Next is the “Science and Best of Britain” exhibition hall. In here, I met Albert Einstein, the father of modern physics. I also met up and had a chat and handshake with famous leaders in the world both in the past and present such as Winston Churchill, Bill Clinton, President Obama and Nelson Mandela. And yeah, I also stumbled into Princess Diana and Prince William, but Princess Kate was not there, perhaps hiding somewhere, peeping at us, haha!
The “Music” hall displays top rock and pop artists from the 1960s to the present day. I was so excited to pose side by side with both Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson!
The “Film” arena features a range of movie stars from both Hollywood and Asian film industries. I met up with Bruce Lee and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s terminator. I wonder who would win if these 2 meet up for a battle. What do you think?
There are many wax figures of famous sport heroes on display inside the “Sports” exhibition hall. You can play football with David Beckham and Ronaldo. You can also play golf with Tiger Woods or shooting hoops with Yao Ming and Kobi Bryant.
“Pepsi Studio” is the special addition to Madame Tussauds Shanghai. It is the collaboration between Pepsi and Madame Tussauds. The Pepsi Studio showcases Pepsi superstars such as Jay Chou, Jolin Tsai, Nicholas Tse and many others.
In “Love Room”, I met up again with David Beckham and his wife Victoria Adams. There are also wax figures of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Plenty of wax figures in Shanghai’s Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, right? Our visit did not end after the “Love Room”. The Chinese Yuan 135 tickets also include entry to a dark maze called “Scream”. There are wax figures and live actors popping out in the dark to make you screaming. To me, the dark maze is not that trilling and scary as my wife and I did not scream at all throughout our journey in the dark. Nothing to rave about…
Madame Tussauds Shanghai, a must visit in Shanghai if you have not been to any wax museum before.
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