LONDON -- Madame Tussaud's Wax Exhibition, London's No. 1 tourist
attraction, already has a millennium display on view. The facility
opened "Time 100," an exhibition of wax figures depicting the most
influential people of the century.
It was created in conjunction with Time magazine's 100 People of
the Century project, in which the publication selects important
20th century individuals in five categories, a spokeswoman for the
Categories are Artists and Entertainers; Leaders and
Revolutionaries; Builders and Titans; Scientists and Thinkers, and
Heroes and Inspirations. The Person of the Century will be
announced in December.
The new exhibit at Madame Tussaud's features some individuals
already named by the magazine, including Martin Luther King,
Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela, the
Beatles, Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Chaplin.
Madame Tussaud's draws about 2.7 million tourists each year; 80%
are overseas visitors.
The museum had its roots in Paris in 1770, when its founder
Madame Tussaud learned to create wax likenesses under the direction
of her mentor, Philippe Curtius. During the French revolution, she
reportedly was forced to prove her allegiance by making death masks
of executed aristocrats.
The museum moved to its present location, on Marylebone Road, in
1884. Visitors should use the Baker Street underground station.
Recent additions include wax figures of David Copperfield, the
character in Charles Dickens' classic novel of the same name, and
actor Brad Pitt.
The wax museum has several galleries, each focusing on different
figures. They include: sporting legends; the history of the museum;
Hollywood legends and superstars; the grand hall, which has figures
of politicians, statesmen and artists; the chamber of horrors, and
the spirit of London, which chronicles the history of the city.
Admission to the museum costs about $16 for adults, $12 for
seniors over age 60 and $10 for children under 6. The London
Planetarium is located next door to the wax museum. Combination
tickets to both facilities are available.
A combination ticket to the museum and planetarium costs about
$20 per adult. Both facilities are open daily, starting at 9:30
a.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. on weekdays. Last admission is at 5:30