Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum

April 13, 2010

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum located in Las Vegas is a great place for those of you who like to take advantage of photo opportunities. It isn’t an expensive ticket, $25 and $18 with local ID. I only wish we could have spent more time taking pictures and posing in front of the celebrities.

For those interested in the artist,  Anna Marie Tussaud was born December1 1761  and died of natural causes April 16 1850. Eight years before her death, Madame Tussaud made a wax self portrait which still is displayed in the front entrance of the museum in London.  Her mother worked for Dr Philippe Curtius, a physician who used wax models to illustrate the anatomy. He later made portraits and taught Marie the art of modelling. During the French Revolution she was saved from the guillotine, but then forced to make death masks for victims of the guillotine which  included Louis XVI,  Marie Antoinette and other nobility.

Madame Tussaud did a model of Benjamin Franklin and is still on display in London. (above) Me and Ben in Las Vegas.

I originally became interested in wax because I recently finished a book about bees… and naturally wax was discussed in one of the chapters. The wax models of today go through a completely different process. A whole range of different sculptors are involved in the creation of todays celebrities. For more information on this rigorous process go to  http://www.madametussauds.com and go to the Sculptor’s Blog.

The Las Vegas Madame Tussand’s Wax Museum has very realistic sculptures.  At times we couldn’t tell who was real or not. The most exciting attraction this museum offers is its haunted house called “Scream!” One of the scariest haunted houses I have been to. I haven’t been to Freight Dome yet, but if it is anything like “Scream!”  then I think I will have to pass.

I have to give a special thanks to my very brave boyfriend, Dutch Boyd. He carried us through it and took my place as the leader. Thank you!

Now for the fun stuff…

Everyone should go see a wax museum!