Madame Tussauds has been a major tourist attraction since its opening 200 years ago.
Born Marie Grosholtz in 1761, she was taught the art of wax modelling from a very young age by her mother’s employer, Dr. Philippe Curtius. At the age of 17, Marie became art tutor to King Louis XVI of France’s sister and moved into the Royal Court in Versailles.
During the French Revolution, Marie was imprisoned with her mother and forced to show allegiance to the Revolution by making death masks of executed nobles.
After inheriting the vast collection of Dr Philippe Curtius’ wax models upon his death, she took the exhibition on tour in Europe until settling down in London in 1835 opening her first permanent museum.
There are currently 24 Madame Tussauds museums all over the world with our very own opening in Sydney in 2012.
The museum is located at Darling Harbour and is nestled amongst other Merlin Attractions including Sydney Sealife Aquarium and Sydney Wildlife World.
Visiting Madame Tussauds is the easiest way to get up close to celebrities, historic figures and sports stars. From Mahatma Ghandi to Taylor Swift, there will be somebody who will appeal to you to get that perfect photo.
The museum is divided into sections starting at History & World Leaders, Sports Stars, Music Stars, Fashion Celebrities, Film and TV and the A-list!
Throughout the exhibition there are various activities and costumes available to try out at various exhibits. Pick up a tennis racquet and strike a pose next to Rod Laver, stand on the podium next to Dawn Fraser when she is accepting her gold medal, jump on a surfboard next to Laine Beachley and hang ten or grab the family and jump in on a Royal photo with her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Will & Kate.
The new interactive Fashion Experience will see everyone getting their model on as they undergo a Napoleon Perdis digital make-over, try on the latest season trends thanks to Myer and then strut the catwalk and strike a pose next to Megan Gale. Following their catwalk debut, guests will be able to pose for their own Cosmopolitan cover shoot.
Location: Madame Tussauds is located at Aquarium Wharf 1-5 Wheat Road Darling Harbour and is open from 9.30am till 6pm (last admission 5pm) daily.
What’s Nearby: With its location being in the hub of Sydney, you are within walking distance to other local tourist attractions in Darling Harbour. Stop for a bite to eat at Kings Wharf or check out the shopping precinct at Darling Harbour. Take the kids to the amazing playground at Darling Quarter or check out the shows at Monkey Baa Theatre Company.