Cricket and Hindi Film are not only the most popular talking subjects in India but also take center stage at India’s First MADAME TUSSAUDS MUSEUM at Delhi.
Occupying two floors in the famous Regal Cinemas at Connaught Place is the 23rd branch of Madame Tussauds.
The museum comprises of 60% statues of local personalities, while the remaining 40% are global. Each statue made in a United Kingdom studio costs a minimum of 1.5 crores.
What is Madame Tussauds?
Madame Tussauds is a museum chain for life-size wax replicas of Historic icons and celebrities in themed galleries. It used to be known as “Madame Tussaud’s”; the apostrophe is no longer used.
Who was Madame Tussaud?
The lady known throughout Britain as Madame Tussaud was born Anna Marie Gresholtz (December 1761 – 16 April 1850) in Strasbourg, a city located between Germany and France. In the early 1830s, she founded the famous London wax museum that bears her name.
Celebrities welcome you
We were stamped Madame Tussauds on our wrists and parceled off to the Ticket booking counter. The Kids were delighted to be received by the most worshiped (well almost) cricketer of India, Sachin Tendulkar.
What’s Inside Madame Tussauds, Delhi?
Famous for over 250 years for detailed and lifelike wax figures, the Delhi version pays homage to Indian icons from Bollywood, Sports, History & Leaders, Music, and Hollywood.
The museum staff is very polite and have been trained to suggest the visitors the right light to click pictures in.
As you move ahead, Indian Cinema celebrities will greet and enthrall you.
The love for films and film stars run deep in ‘almost’ every Indian’s DNA. The Bollywood gallery gives you an opportunity to rub shoulders with stars you admire!
Madame Tussauds Delhi has a wax figure of late actress Madhubala as Anarkali. Madhubala is best known for having played Anarkali in the 1960 classic hit Mughal-E-Azam. The wax figure was created by several artists who researched, interviewed relatives, studied her videos and took over six months to create this masterpiece.
The Ranbir Kapoor wax figure was my absolute favorite followed closely by the one of Anil Kapoor, Mary Kom and Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, and Madhuri Dixit also figure amongst others. Personally, I didn’t much like their wax figurines.
Behind the Scene of Madame Tussauds
As you move from the Bollywood gallery to the Sports gallery you cross the ‘behind the scenes’ gallery! There is information regarding how the models were made, their facial features perfected, hair matched and sewn.
In 2016 Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi joined the list of world leaders who have their wax figures at Madame Tussauds museums. His wax statutes have been installed in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and now in India.
Sports gallery is very interactive and you can try your hand at Boxing and Air Hockey!
There are props available for free for you to wear and take pictures.
Nearby are likenesses of Olympic Indian boxer Mary Kom, Usain Bolt and David Beckham.
History and Leaders
An aristocratic arrangement for you to witness those who carved the future of India.
Inspiration at every corner!
Get along your favorite Hollywood celebrities and come close to the stardust of the hottest superstars!
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain” – Bob Marley. Meet the eminent national and international music celebrities at the Music Gallery!
Sculpted in a symbolic singing pose with a mic, Indian Iconic singer Asha Bhosle’s wax statue has been crafted from over 150 measurements and photographs.
Things to do in Madame Tussauds, Delhi
- You can touch, hug, play and even kiss the wax statues of the famous personalities.
- Don’t forget to drink champagne( 😉 ) with the celebrities.
Appear on the Kapil Sharma show.
- Have your own hand cast in wax – Take your wax hand home and display it with pride, showing your friends and family that you are a star too. Wax hands are not recommended if you have skin allergy, sensitive skin, high blood pressure or you are under the age of 5 or pregnant! Phew!
- Collect your Celebrity photos – Photos clicked by the museum staff can be purchased and made into a perfect souvenir for family and friends as photos, keyrings, and magnets. As for us, we were happy with our selfies!
Things to know before visiting Madame Tussauds Museum
- It takes around an hour to two to see the museum. Since eatables (including baby food) are not allowed to be carried inside, fill yourself up with food before entering the museum.
- To avoid queues book tickets online. You can book your tickets from Paytm or from the official website of Madame Tussauds Delhi.
- It is best to visit the museum during the early hours to avoid the rush. We were amongst the first ones to reach the museum and so had ample opportunity to click pics with the wax figurines.
- The wax hand cast and the professional photographs are paid services.
- The museum is wheelchair friendly; however, only 1 wheelchair at one time is accommodated for safety reasons.
- Baby food and Baby prams are not allowed in the attraction.
- Entry for Children under age 3 is free.
Timings: 10 am to 7.30 pm
What is it that attracts millions of people world over to see these wax statutes? An opportunity to rub shoulders with their favorite celebrities? or to appreciate the beautiful craft of wax modeling? or is it good old fashioned curiosity?
Whatever it may be, Madame Tussauds makes for a good family-friendly day out.
Have you been to any wax museum? How was your experience?