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Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Review

Updated on April 3, 2016
Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz Photo taken at Louis Tussauds Wax Museum in Niagara Falls, Canada
Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz Photo taken at Louis Tussauds Wax Museum in Niagara Falls, Canada | Source


There are many wax museums throughout the world, featuring some of the most famous and influential people of all time. It’s both amazing and sometimes startling to see life-size wax figures of your famous movie stars, presidents, and many other well-known figures.

I have only been to two wax museums thus far, including Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in New York, and Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Canada. When visiting Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in New York, I was totally amazed at how life-like the wax figures appeared, and when standing in a room with mostly wax figures, it was sometimes a little scary, like one of figures would come to life.

Why Does Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Get a 5 out of 5 Star Rating?

  • Wax figures look life-like
  • There were multiple levels (approximately 5 floors) filled with many wax figures, some with theme rooms and special effects
  • Presentation was well-done and very classy
  • It was impressive how they layed out the levels, very well thought out!

This critique is based on a visit to New York in approximately 2007/2008.

While traveling in Niagara Falls, Canada in 2012, I visited Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum. I figured since it had the same last name as Madame Tussaud, it must be just as good. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as big as Madame Tussaud’s and some of the wax figures didn’t even look like the real person. There were even a few wax figures that I could recognize.

Who are Madame Tussaud and Louis Tussaud?

Marie Tussaud is the creator of the Madame Tussand Wax Museums. She was born in 1761 and was a French artist, known for her wax sculptures. Marie’s father, Joseph Grosholtz, was killed in war just two months before Marie was born. Marie’s mother, Anne-Marie Walder, then took Marie with her to Bern, Switzerland, where she worked as a housekeeper for Dr. Phillippe Curtuis, who created wax models to illustrate anatomy. He eventually used his talent to create wax portraits, and moved to Paris in 1765 to exhibit his wax portraits. Anne-Marie Walder and her daughter Marie moved to Paris a year later. Marie learned the art of wax modeling from Dr. Curtuis. She began working for him as an artist, and in 1777, at age 16, she created her first wax figure, of François-Marie Arouet, better known by his pen name, Voltaire. She also created a wax figure of Benjamin Franklin.

In 1794, Marie married Frances Tussaud, becoming Marie Tussaud. As her wax figures became more famous, she was known as Madame Tussaud. She founded her first wax museum in London, which is a major tourist attraction. There are many other Madame Tussaud Wax Museums located in America, including New York, Las Vegas, Hollywood, Washington, D.C.; in Europe, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Blackpool and Vienna; in Asia, including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokoyo, Shanghai and Wuhan; and in Syndey, Australia.

Louis Tussaud is the great-grandson of Madame (Marie) Tussaud. Louis Tussand created a wax museum similar to his great-grandmother, in Blackpool, Lancashire but it was closed. The Louis Tussaud Wax Museum in Great Yarmouth, also in England, faces closure and has been described as Britain’s worse museum. Many people still visit the museum, to still see the many faces of celebrities and famous people, even though they don’t always look like the people which they represent. The museum has developed a cult status.

Guess Who These Wax Figures Are

Below are pictures that I took when visiting Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Canada. See if you can guess who the figures are. Some are easy to recognize, and some don’t quite match up. The answers are posted at the bottom of this article.

1. Who is she? I think they missed the boat with this one. She looks too much like an airplane attendant:


2. Who is he? Hint: he normally doesn’t look this old:


3. Who is she? Hint: She is related to #2 above:


4. Who are they? This couple is easy to recognize:


5. Who is he? The outfit may give this away, but not so much the face:


6. Who is she? Easy to recognize, but do you remember what episode this is from?


7. Who is he? Pretty easy to recognize:


8. Who is he? I think you’ll know but why is he is leaning so far to one side and what’s with the fuzzy hair and deep frown?


9. Who is this and what movie is it from? Also, can you name the type of car this is?


10. Who is he, and what is the name of the character and movie?


11. Who is he? Pretty good resemblance I think:


12. Who are they? Can you name their real names, their character names and the show they were on?


13. What is the name of this machine and what movie is it from? It doesn’t really look like the real one:


14. Who is he?



  1. Princess Diana
  2. Former U.S. President Clinton
  3. Hillary Clinton
  4. Price William and Princess Kate
  5. Dalai Lama
  6. Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy, Vita-Mita-Vegge-Min episode)
  7. Harry Potter
  8. Michael J. Fox and the Delorian car from “Back to the Future”
  9. Michael Jackson
  10. Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean
  11. U.S. President Barack Obama
  12. Fred Gwynne as Herman, and Al Lewis as Grandpa, from the show, the Munsters
  13. The Zoltar machine from the movie “Big”
  14. I’m not sure, but I think this is Pierre Trudeau, Former Prime Minister of Canada?

Other Pictures from Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum

The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz | Source
Batman and Joker
Batman and Joker | Source
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson | Source


In conclusion, I would only give Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum in Niagara Falls, Canada 3 out of 5 stars, as compared to Madame Tussaud's 5 stars.

Be sure to visit one of the many Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, which are highly quality and extremely life-like, more so that the Louis Tussaud’s museums.

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      Amelia Griggs 2 months ago

      Yes Glenn, I think they change figures depending on popularity, to change current president, etc. and for maintenance too. When I was in New York years ago I remember the Michael Jackson figure was in a glass window in the front of the museum. Now I’m thinking of going back soon. :-)

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      Glenn Stok 2 months ago from Long Island, NY

      I didn’t realize they change the figures. I didn’t see the one of Michael Jackson when I was there. It was about eight years ago. So I should go again to see what it’s like now. Thanks, Amelia, for bringing that to my attention.

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      Amelia Griggs 2 months ago

      Hey Glenn, Glad you enjoyed the pics, some did look real. I agree that the Bill Clinton one looked older. I do recall some good ones in New York as well (the Michael Jackson one in NY was better). I look forward to going back since they change them and there are always new ones added. This is one attraction that is definitely worth the trip!

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      Glenn Stok 2 months ago from Long Island, NY

      I’ve been to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in New York, but the pictures you displayed here from Louis Tussaud’s in Canada are so much better than what I saw in New York.

      I enjoyed reading your review Amelia. By the way, I got most of them right. Of course, Bill Clinton does look older now since that one of him was made.

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      Amelia Griggs 4 years ago

      Thanks for your comment, bettybarnesb. :-)

      Be sure to visit one the "Madame Tussauds" museum. It's not to be missed. I can't wait to visit it again either in NY or at another location, because they change the figures from time to time, so you're sure to see someone new each time you go.



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      bettybarnesb 4 years ago from Bartlett, TN

      Very interesting and some are really very good. I love art so it is enjoyable to see life-size images. Would like to visit someday.

      be blessed...