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Published March 23rd 2016
Good Afternoon Madame
Most of us have heard of Madame Tussaud's Waxworks – Museum's featuring life size wax sculptures of famous people. Marie Grosholtz was a French woman who worked with wax sculptor Curtius in Paris from 1765, who became her teacher. She started creating her own works from around 1770 when she created her first public works.
During the period 1780 to 1789, she created some of her most famous portraits, including those of Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin. Read her biography here in Wikipedia..
Curtius died in 1794, leaving his wax collection to Marie. She married Francois Tussaud in 1795, and subsequently had two children. In1802 she and her four-year-old son Joseph, to exhibit her work in the Lyceum Theatre, London, and because of the wars and political unrest in Europe she did not return to France. In 1822 her son Francois joined her in London, and in 1835 her first permanent exhibition was established, and a succession of family members ran the museums.
Currently there are 13 Madame Tussauds Waxworks Museums around the world including one at Darling Harbour in Sydney. Each one features wax sculptures of local and internationally famous people including sports people, actors, musicians, politicians and other significant men and women.
Most of the displays are interactive – you can sit with some of the famous people to take your own photos, and some exhibits come with professional photographer with a fee to collect the photos, and some of the sports stars have opportunities to try your hand at the sport.
It is on my Bucket List to visit the Sydney one, but recently I was thrilled to visit the Madame Tussauds Museum in Singapore on Sentosa Island, which is a great tourist attraction in its own right, in Singapore. It is easy to get to – on the local MRT, and it is one of the stops for the Hop On Hop Off bus tour, or a taxi ride.
There is so much to see at Sentosa Island too – with great gardens, exhibitions, restaurants, and other places to spend more money.