For the majority of us, this is the only opportunity we will ever have to get our photo taken with someone famous and to compare the celebrity we see on television with an actual likeness of them in real life.
As you wander around, you get that very distinct impression that television definitely does make people appear larger than life and also adds on the extra '5 pounds' that is always talked about. You find yourself saying things like "oh, I always thought he was bigger than that" or, "she always looked a little fatter than that".
You can't help but get swept up in the excitement that the wax figures project; their presence and realism allows both young and old to escape into a fantasy world. Only limited by your imagination, It enables you to do things you have always wanted to do; have your picture taken in Mark Webber's replica Formula One car, stand at the podium with Julia Gillard, get padded up and face a ball from Glen McGrath or Shane Warne, or simply play guitar with Slim Dusty.
For a limited time, One Direction fans can get their photograph with the band taken by the specialist photographers, which will be available for purchase at the shop as you leave the Museum. These images are compiled into beautifully bound albums featuring you with the band and retail for around $35.00 per album. You can then purchase additional single images for family and friends at a special rate. The One Direction wax figures will be on display in Sydney until 28 January.
Of particular interest to me was the section on Madame Tussaud and the making of the wax figures. Central to the exhibit is Madame Tussaud herself, resplendent in her 18th century corseted court dress with wide panniers designed to give the illusion of a conical torso shape with large hips (More information on 18th Century Court Costume is available on Wikipedia). It's hard to imagine when looking at her that "...she would search through corpses to find the severed heads of executed citizens, from which she would make death masks". (Madame Tussauds - Wikipedia)
I admire the skill and craftsmanship that goes into creating these lifelike figures in wax. It's said to "take over 800 hours of work and 20 artists to make just one wax figure" (What's On- City of Sydney).
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Madame Tussauds. The interactivity of the museum makes it very tactile and offers a fun learning experience for children and adults alike as you glean interesting new facts about history, science, politics and more. Before you know it, you have arrived at the gift shop and the end of your journey, with loads of images of you and your family with all your favourite celebs.
Ticketing prices can vary depending on your purchasing options. On the day we purchased direct at the kiosk for this attraction and it cost $100 for 2 Adults and 1 Child. However, you can receive discounts for purchasing tickets to more than one attraction or booking online.