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Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is named after the famous wax sculptor Marie Tussaud, known as Madame Tussaud. She is the founder of the wax museum with numerous branches in the major cities around the world. The Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Sydney is located at the hustling and bustling Darling Harbour, alongside two other tourist attractions: Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Wildlife Centre. With over 70 figures and 9 interactive themed zones, the museum has became an additional hot spot in Darling Harbour.
When entering the museum, you will be struck by the shining red atmosphere with a touch of wild jungle feeling; you can even smell it. A cute koala on a tree branch welcomes the guests with his laidback gestures together with the heartthrob Hollywood movie star Leonardo DiCaprio. Before entering the main exhibition sections, you will be asked to take a photo with the famous Australian sports star Layne Beachley on her surfboard with a huge ocean wave as the background. At the end of the tour, you can view the photos on the computerised image storage screen and purchase the photo as a souvenir.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Sydney has nine major exhibitions, mainly featuring Australian celebrities plus a few well-known international celebrities. The first section is Historical Greats, where you can travel back in time with historical figures; learn something about their stories and find out what caused them to be remembered. My favourite figure is the Trugernanner, known as "Queen Trucanini", a female aboriginal figure who stood at the entry like a guardian. She appeared very calm and peaceful and you can even see her distinguished facial hair under her chins.
The second exhibition is the World Leaders. You can smile together with the spiritual leader Dalai Lama, crack a phone joke with US President Obama, share an up and close moment with Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II and pay your respects to political leader Nelson Mandela. I even took a media shot together with Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
The third exhibition is the Sports Stars of Australia. They are figures either in serious actions showing the focus of a moment or pose of victory. You can imagine the crowd cheering in the distance, which follows you into the highlighted part of the exhibitions with all the film stars, TV figures and music/pop stars. You can have a lovely breakfast with Audrey Hepburn, sit down and have a chat with Oprah, do the moonwalk with Michael Jackson, even blow the dress of the sexy Marilyn Monroe. The visitors are getting very creative before the camera with the celebrities. 'Time to show off ' as they said. The whole atmosphere of this section is like having a big wild party with all the celebrities around and being one of them.
After the party, it's time to get serious with some cultural personalities. The reasoning and the intellectual debate is happening on the wall of the hall aisle, and is welcomed by the smiling Albert Einstein. You will also have the chance to read all the facts and touch the materials and tools that have been used to make all the wax figures at the Behind The Scenes exhibition. To top the fun, you can make your own wax hands with materials provided for a fee charged by the museum.
The whole experience takes about one hour to cover the whole nine exhibitions. If you are looking to get personal with your idol, it is a chance to take as many photos as you like with them.
Plan Your Visit: Opening Time: open to the public from 9:00am to 8:00pm daily, with last admission at 7.00pm. PLEASE NOTE: Opening times may vary due to private events. Please see below for early close notices before your visit. More detailed opening time are available on the website. Tickets: It is cheaper to purchase the ticket online at the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum website. The online price for a single visit ticket is $23, however there are a range of tickets options to choose from, depending on whether you want to a single visit just to the wax museum or to combine your visit with other attractions at Darling Harbour, such as Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Wildlife. Parking/Transport:
By Train: Please get off at Town Hall Station, it is 20 minutes walking distance from Town Hall Train Station to the Wax Museum. By Car: Wilson Parking, $6.00 for all day. More parking available via the website.