Saturday, February 14, 2015

Madame Tussaud, Amsterdam - Photo Album (Part - Two)

Yesterday I shared some of the photos of my visit to the Madame Tussaud's wax museum of Amsterdam. But as I said there so many more that I would have to divide my post into two parts so as not to look monotonous. So here I am with the second part of Madame Tussaud wax museum as seen my me.

But before I do that, let me say a few words about Madame Tussaud. Madame Tussaud's real name was  Anna Maria Grosholtz who was born in 1761 in Strasbourg, France. Her interest in the wax statues was just by a stroke of luck when she became a housekeeper to a physician in the city of Bern. The physician made wax mask of the dead or caste models of celebrities' hands to preserve the person’s image for future generations and it has been a physician’s job. 

Keep watching the wax statues down below and read the remaining part of Madame Tussaud's contributions: 

Maria also became interested in the wax masks and started to learn and practice the fine art, rare at that time. The French Revolution (1789-1799) provided her 'ample models' from the decapitated bodies of those slain in the uprisings.

Maria then went to London to marry Mr.Tussaud and continued with her hobby of wax statues. The first Tussaud’s cabinet of wax figures opened in London at Baker Street in 1835. It included the “Chamber of Horrors” showing figures of victims of the French Revolution and famous criminals, already caught and hanged.

Her collection was greatly damaged in fires and German bombing of the WW-II when many statues just melted away in the fires caused by bombings.

Her collection has since been rebuilt and is today  owned by British amusement parks operator Merlin Entertainment. 

While the London's museum is the biggest and contains some very rare statues, the Amsterdam's is no less and provides a good coverage of Madame Tussaud's wax work.

When standing outside in the Dam Square and looking towards the Madame Tussaud's museum, one can spot a huge glass window round in shape between the two life size statues. That is how it looks from the outside.

And when we reached the top floor, we had a chance to see the Dam Square from this round window glass - it was simply a spectacular view outside and down below. That is how the Dam Square looks from the inside of building:

And finally this last photo - not with a wax statue but a real man and attendant. In fact this was a thank you and gratitude photo with this nice man, who helped  us in re-shooting of a photo we had taken at the entrance of the museum on the ground floor. I will talk of the celebrity with whom the photo was taken and then retaken in one of next posts.

So next time you are in Amsterdam, do visit the Dam Square and the Madame Tussaud's ex museum. It is just ten minutes walk from the from the Amsterdam Central Railway Station, if you are arriving the city by train.

If you are the Spider Man, you may 'hail' from any building from the Centraal Station to Dam Square. But if not try driving in.

In case you are driving in, something which my friend advised me not to because of the many trams moving about, the nearest parking is available in the Bijenkorf department store car park open 24h/7, accessible when driving from the Munt tower. In case this parking is full, which it usually is, go to P1 Parking Amsterdam Centre (Prins Hendrikkade 20), located left from the Amsterdam Central Railway Station.

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