Madame Tussauds is a great chain of museums that immortalizes famous personalities from different fields of work in the form of statues. Over time, it has become a huge tourist spot not just in India but almost in every part of the world. Madame Tussauds museum is currently situated in 4 continents of the world and has many centres in different countries across these continents. They have museums in Australia, America, Europe, and Asia. The best thing about the Madame Tussauds museum is that one of them recently got opened in Delhi, the capital city of India and has been visited by many locals and tourists alike since its grand opening.
If you are in Delhi and want to explore how it feels like standing next to a celebrity, although a real-life looking statue, then Madame Tussauds is the one and only place to head to! Inside Madame Tussauds, Delhi, you will come across statues of Bollywood, Sports, Hollywood and Music celebrities ranging from Shahrukh Khan to Ranbir Kapoor to even Virat Kohli. And not just people from the entertainment and sports industry, there are statues of leaders from history as well like Mahatma Gandhi, Narendra Modi.
The museum is open all seven days a week and the best season to visit Delhi and the museum is between October to March as the weather is good at this time. The timings for weekdays are 10 am to 6 pm while on weekends, i.e. Saturdays and Sundays, the timings are from 10 am to 7:30 pm. The tickets range from INR 400 - INR 1,500
History of Madame Tussauds
The history of Madame Tussaud dates back to 1761 in Strasbourg, France, where Marie Tussaud, upon whom this museum chain has been named, was born as Marie Grosholtz. Marie’s mother was skilled in creating models using wax and she passed on the same skill to her daughter. Marie learned and mastered the art of creating models and statues so quickly that she made her first statue of Voltaire (French Writer and Philosopher) in 1777, at the mere age of 16. Later, at 17, she was designated as the art tutor to Madame Elizabeth, the sister of King Louise XVI.
During her lifetime she made the wax models of Benjamin Franklin (political Philosopher) and Jean Jacques Rousseau (writer and political philosopher). After the death of her mother, she inherited her mother’s collection of models and statues which she displayed on many tours. Marie, in 1795, married Francois Tussaud and added his surname to her name and from then she became Marie Tussaud.
She named her show as Madame Tussaud’s and travelled to Britain with her collection of wax models and statues. Due to Napoleonic wars, Marie decided to stay in Britain and opened a museum in London. Today, Madame Tussaud’s museums are a major attraction for people from across the globe. Madame Tussauds Museum was opened in December 2017 in Delhi and since then it has become one of the most visited sights in Delhi.
Madame Tussauds provided Indians the opportunity to witness the global attraction of wax statues. However, the parent company, Merlin Entertainments has decided to shut the outlet at Connaught place.
Major Attractions in and Around Madame Tussauds Delhi
1. Statues of Celebrities
Madame Tussauds is an exotic museum where one can witness high-quality wax statues of popular personalities. Various wax statues are established in the Delhi museum where one can get their pictures clicked with the effigies of these celebs. Wax models of celebrities belonging to diverse genres such as Sports, Bollywood, History, Hollywood, and music are present here.
2. Statue of National Heroes
Along with the statues of celebrities, visitors can see and admire the statues of the national heroes of the country as well. Statues of Narendra Modi, APJ Abdul Kalam, and Mahatma Gandhi are also present in the museum. These life-like statues make this museum the most sought after destination of the city.
3. Take Photographs and Make Memories
A lot of props and accessories are also there in the museum which visitors can wear or use to click great pictures or relive some iconic moments. Visitors may take selfies and pictures with their favourite celebrities here, in this museum.
4. Regal Cinema
The museum is sited on the land of Regal Cinemas. Today it has a museum that features wax statues of famous celebrity icons like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, and so forth.
5. Interactive Zones
There are various interactive zones wherein one may witness the sound making doors, participate in the various quizzes, interactive hockey games, KBC questionnaires with Anil Kapoor and much more. All these fun activities have been lined up to offer a great time to the visitors.
6. A Glimpse of Satyagraha with Mahatma Gandhi
While exploring the museum visitors will glimpse of what Bapu's Satyagraha was like. The statues of Gandhi and his followers taking part in Satyagraha are very popular among the visitors.
7. Six Sections of Madame Tussauds
The museum is divided into six different sections wherein one special section is given to custom-made hand sculptures. The other five sections have been dedicated to one industry type each that features celeb statues from that specific industry. These 5 sections are Sports, Music, Bollywood, History and Leaders, and Hollywood.
How to Reach Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds Delhi is a wax museum, one of the best places for tourists in Delhi. It is located at Regal Theatre in New Delhi, India. This museum has wax statues of all the prominent personalities which look so real that you May feel them speaking or acting in real. It is one of the twenty-three locations of Madame Tussauds museum which was set up by sculptor Marie Tussauds.
Book a flight to Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) airport Delhi which connects to almost all local and international sites. From the airport, you can easily avail of a cab or metro to reach the destination.
From Surat - Board Spicejet, IndiGo flights from Surat Airport. The airfares start from INR 3,000-4,000
From Nashik - Board Air India, IndiGo flights from Nashik Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000-6,000
From Pune - Board AirAsia, Air India, Go Air flights from Pune Airport. The airfares start from INR 3,000-4,000
If traveling within the city, you will need to deboard at the Rajiv Chowk metro station which is a 5-minute walking distance from the museum. Delhi metro apart from being the fastest and pocket-friendly gives you the best experience on your way to reaching Madame Tussauds. If traveling from outside the city, then you can consider deboarding at New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, and Nizamuddin Railway Station. From these respective stations, consider booking some means of public transport to reach here.
From Kanpur - Board RNC NDLS RAJ SPL from Kanpur Railway Station and deboard at New Delhi Railway Station
From Ajmer - Board DEE JAN SHT SPL from Ajmer Railway Station and deboard at New Delhi Railway Station
From Amritsar - Board ASR SHATABDI SPL from Amritsar Railway Station and deboard at New Delhi Railway Station
If you are a comfort lover, then the best way is to book a direct cab from IGI airport to Regal building, Connaught Place. Ola, Uber are some cab services that are 24/7 functional and are completely safe. Otherwise, you can also consider booking interstate buses, private cabs from the nearby cities and states. If you prefer long drives, then consider self-driving here from nearby regions.