New York, New York Guide (B): Madame Tussaud’s House of Wax

Madame Tussaud’s House of Wax
I always assumed that if I wanted to visit Madame Tussauds wax museum, I would have to visit the well-known location in London. I recently discovered that there are Madame Tussauds sprinkled worldwide, with multiple locations in Europe, the United States, the Far East, and a location in Australia. Since we have never bothered to visit the original museum in London, Zena and I decided to indulge our inner tourists and visit the famous wax museum on a recent trip to New York City.

Fear the brow!


Anna Maria “Marie” Grosholtz was born in France in 1760 but was raised in Bern, Switzerland. Her mother was a housekeeper for Dr. Philippe Curtius, a physician skilled in wax modeling. Curtius taught Marie the art of wax modeling and she later became his apprentice.

Madame Tussaud with her wax sculptures.

Marie showed talent for the technique of wax modeling, creating her first sculpture of Voltaire in 1777. Over the next decade she created several famous portraits, including Benjamin Franklin and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Once the French Revolution began in 1789, Marie began modeling death masks of many prominent victims such as Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and Robespierre.

Dr. Curtius died in 1794 and left his collection of wax models to Marie. Upon marriage to François Tussaud in 1795, the exhibition took on a new name: Madame Tussaud’s. Marie moved to London in 1802 to showcase her collection, eventually settling at a location on Baker Street in ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Madame Tussaud’s House of Wax
Guide Location: USA » New York
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Madame Tussauds wax museum  
Author: David Bjorgen
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