Virtual Field Trip to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum

October 24th, 2003 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

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Madame Tussaud’s Exhibition

Madame Tussaud (1761-1850) was a real person whose step-father, a physician, taught her to model anatomical features from wax. She lived through the turmoil of the French Revolution, and through a series of fascinating events became well-known throughout France for her life-like wax figures of famous historical people. At this website, you can read her biography, and see some of the wax images that are now housed in Madame Tussaud’s famous wax museum in London. When you get to the site you will read a welcome message. Then, use the menu on the left side of the screen to explore:

  • Origins & History — read about the life and times of Madame Tussaud and how she came to create wax figures. Note: There is a sort of typo in the introduction here — several paragraphs of text are repeated. Just click the “next” button to continue with the story.
  • Garden Party — an assorted collection of wax replicas of celebrities in the world of entertainment and sports. Click on a name and see a photograph of the wax figure and read a short bio on the person represented.
  • 200 years — see a small sampling of the figures that have been created over Madame Tussaud’s long history including Tom Thumb and Sleeping Beauty.
  • Superstars — a sample of some of the entertainment industry’s prominent figures that have been replicated in wax including actors and pop singers.
  • Grand Hall — view wax figures representing famous historical people including the 6 wives of Henry VIII, Napoleon Bonaparte, Benjamin Franklin, Pablo Picasso, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and more! This is the most educational section of site.
  • Horrors — this depicts some of the most infamous criminals, as well as some of the most horrific yet historical methods of torture used in prisons through time. Parents, as always, are advised to preview to determine whether or not this is appropriate for your children to see.
  • London — wax figures celebrating the history and culture of London.

All of the wax figures represented on this virtual tour are accompanied by text explaining the historical or popular culture significance of the work. The tour is quite educational in nature, but some of the images may be disturbing or inappropriate — especially for young children. Parental discretion — as always — is advised.


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