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Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum is a world-famous museum with branches in 14 cities in Europe, America and Asia.
The museum was founded by sculptor Anna Marie Tussauds, who studied the art of creating wax sculptures in Bern, from the famous master of wax figures F. Curtis. Anna Maria Tussaud created her first wax figure in 1777. It was a picture of Voltaire. Later she made portraits of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Benjamin Franklin, during the French Revolution - death masks of those executed. After the death of the teacher in 1794, Tussauds inherited his collection of wax figures.
Over the following years, Madame Tussauds traveled with a collection of wax figures in Europe. In 1802, she arrives in London, but she cannot get out of it because of the outbreak of the Anglo-French war. Therefore, Madame Tussauds and her husband travel to Great Britain and Ireland, and in 1935 they finally stop, settling in London, in an apartment on Baker Street. The first permanent exhibition of the Wax Museum was also opened here. The main attraction of the then museum was the Room of Horrors, where the victims of the French Revolution, murderers and other criminals were depicted. Gradually, the museum's collection was replenished with images of famous people - Walter Scott, Admiral Nelson and others. Several wax figures, created by Anne Marie Tussauds herself, have survived to this day in the London Museum. Her self-portrait, taken in 1842, has also survived. It is located in the lobby of the museum and is the first to greet visitors.
The collection, of course, grew after the death of Madame Tussauds. In this regard, in 1884, he moved to a building on Marylebone Road, where he is today.
The wax figures were badly damaged by a major fire in 1925, the bombing of the Second World War also caused colossal damage to the museum. However, all the molds were preserved, so that the damaged figures were restored. One of the oldest figures is the 1965 depiction of King Louis XV's mistress Madame du Barry.
Today, the Madame Tussauds wax museum presents portraits of many celebrities: athletes, actors, politicians, historical figures.
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