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
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.
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.
By Road. Travelling to Delhi by road from any part of India can be an interesting journey as it will give you the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of villages, rivers, mountains, and lakes of India. The distance from Mumbai and Kolkata to Delhi is approx. 1,400km, while Bangaluru is nearly 2,100km away from the capital.
By Rail. Nizamuddin railway station is the nearest station to the museum and is approx. 8km away from the station. The railway station is well-connected to trains from all the states of India hence it is convenient to reach Delhi from any part of India via rail route. From the station, one may take a taxi, auto-rickshaw, DTC bus, or Delhi metro to reach any desired place in Delhi.
By Air. Indira Gandhi International airport is the nearest airport that receives flights from across the country and abroad. There are direct and regular flights to Delhi from all the metro cities of India such as Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Pune, and Kolkata. One has to cover a distance of approx. 14km to reach the museum via taxi, bus or metro.
By Metro. Rajiv Chowk metro station is the nearest metro station to reach Cannaught Place. From the station, one may even walk to the museum or take an auto-rickshaw to reach the regal building complex.
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