A popular tourist attraction in Amsterdam, located on Dam Square, is the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. The museum can be found in many cities around the world as it is part of a chain of museums that share the same basic idea, that of exhibiting a series of life-size wax reproductions of famous people from the present and the past: they range from scientists to actors, from political leaders to sportsmen.
The idea behind the wax museum was taken from the work of the French artist Marie Tussaud, after whom the museum is named, during the 18th and 19th centuries. The woman was a master in the art of wax modelling, and during her life in Paris she devoted herself to making wax figures of the faces of men, aristocrats and others, who were victims of the French Revolution.
At the time of her death, her collection numbered around 400 wax works.
The first Madame Tussauds museum was opened in London and exhibited the artist’s works. When the museum came under the ownership of Merlin Entertainment, a company involved in the amusement and entertainment industry that also owns Gardaland and Legoland, among others, the management chose to create an all-round immersive business out of the idea of creating wax sculptures.
The Amsterdam location of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum has recently been modernised and equipped with multimedia effects and a team of actors and extras. The museum offers a number of attractions that make it a real amusement park, which is especially aimed at children and young people. There are many life-size wax figures on display, the most photographed of which are undoubtedly those of Elizabeth Taylor, Albert Einstein, Michael Jackson, Ronaldinho, Anthony Hopkins and James Bond.
When you visit the museum, you will have the chance to come face to face with international stars, entertainers, politicians and footballers of the calibre of Barack Obama, Dali, Picasso, Rembrandt, Messi, David Beckham, Lady Gaga and George Clooney, and of course the Dutch royal family.
To visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum you can buy a single ticket or an Amsterdam City Card, which also offers free access to other attractions in the city, such as the canal cruise or the Rijksmuseum. All tickets can be purchased online, thus avoiding queues at the ticket office and benefiting from discounts and reductions.
If you are planning to visit other attractions in addition to Madame Tussauds Museum and would like to save money on admission tickets, purchase a combination ticket from one of the following.
The museum is open daily from 10 am until 6 pm. In summer, when there is the greatest influx of tourists, the museum opens at 07.00 and closes at 20.30.
Located on the city’s main square, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is a 10-minute walk from Central Station along Damrak Street. If you want to use public transport, take one of the trams number 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 or 25 and get off at the Dam stop.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is located in the Peek&Clopenburg building, right next to the Royal Palace. The entrance is on the ground floor, but the museum is located on the upper floors.
City Card allow you to save on public transport and / or on the entrances to the main tourist attractions.