Madame Tussaud's wax museum is one of the most interesting museums in the world. And no wonder - here you can see the famous stars, kings and monarchs of different ages and epochs. This museum was established on the basis of the exhibition, which was first held in 1770 by Dr. Phillip Curtis, very well known in France.
This person had served at the court of French monarch, and he was creating the wax figures of a famous people of his time. It was Philip Curtis, who taught Mary Tussaud (at that time she served in his home as a housekeeper) to work with wax. The first creation of Mary Tussauds was the figure of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, which brought her a great success. After that Madame Tussauds made of wax a figure of Voltaire and even Benjamin Franklin. In the era of the French Revolution, Madame Tussaud was trusted to make masks of the several rulers and influential persons, who in those years were executed. After her teacher died, Marie Tussaud inherited many wax figures and with those figures she moved to England. Only in 1835 in London, there was opened a permanent exhibition of the full wax figure collection of Madame Tussauds.
In addition to the great men of XVIII - early XIX century, among the figures made by Madame Tussaud's, there were people who became a victims of the revolutionary machine as well as a variety of criminals of that time. This exhibition was central to the collection of wax figures. Over time, the collection of a wax museum of Marie Tussaud was updated with the new famous personages. The value of these figures lies in the fact that Madame Tussauds was making them from wax in their natural size. After Madame Tussaud's death her nephew, have found a new building to house the museum, within the walking distance of Baker Street. Fire, that occured in 1925 had caused the enormous damage to the museum - during this terrible event many wax figures were lost. But soon everything was restored, as Madame Tussauds has left the original forms.
At the moment, the museum has a huge collection consist of thousands of figures of a wide variety of people - from past and present. Here you can see a famous Hollywood actors and directors, politicians and celebrities. The room of horrors of the Madame Tussaud's wax museum is always very popular. Madame Tussaud's collection, that is located in London, has the largest number of exhibits. However, around the world there are several branches of the museum, the largest wax collections are situated in the U.S. (New York and Las Vegas), Amsterdam (Holland), Copenhagen (Denmark) and even in Hong Kong.