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Madame Tussauds Sydney

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Madame Tussauds Sydney has officially opened at the beautiful location of Dazzling Darling Harbour in Sydney.

The Sydney Madame Tussauds is the latest attraction to be opened by the Merlin Entertainments Group along with the other major attractions operated by Merlin Entertainments group here in Sydney – the Sydney Aquarium, the Sydney Tower Eye, Wild life Sydney and Ocean world in Manly.

The Madame Tussauds brand has been famous since the 1770s for immortalising some of the world’s best know personalities in wax.  There are 12 other Madame Tussauds venues around the world and Sydney Madame Tussauds is number 13! Below you can find some interesting history about Madame Tussauds herself.

At the Sydney Madame Tussauds there is a large, diverse and fantastic array of characters that have been crafted with high levels of artistry and accuracy.  There are a host of both Australian and International icons of history, sport, music and film.  Many, if not all, of the characters are interactive; there are props for visitors to use / put on and fantastic scenes to have photos taken.


It’s interesting to note that visitors to Madame Tussauds in Sydney can actually touch the models and get up close and personal!  There are make-up artists and hairdressers employed full time at the Sydney Madame Tussauds to keep the models looking pristine!

With over 70 figures, Madame Tussauds Sydney cost 14 million dollars to create!!  WOW!!  And, each figure costs up to $220,000 to be produced. 60% of those 70 figures are Australian.


There is also a zone inside Madame Tussauds Sydney showing exactly how the figures are made, which is a lot more interesting than it may sound!  Visitors can also partake in some wax modeling of their own hand / hands inside the Sydney Madame Tussauds for an additional fee. Visitors can take home their hand wax models.  There are also photo opportunities taken by professional photographers with characters Barak Obama, Lane Beachley, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Barnes and Michael Hutchence.

Madame Tussauds Sydney Facts

    •     Location

Madame Tussauds Sydney is located the Aquarium Wharf in Darling Harbour right next to the Sydney aquarium and Wildlife Sydney.

    •     Hours of Operation

Open everyday 9am – 8pm (please check for any changes to this or for special occasions / holidays etc.)

    •     Entry Pricing (Prices may change)

Adults $35, Children $20.  Please come and see us at the desk of Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney Hostel as we often have discount coupons or reduced price tickets.

    •     Extras Pricing: (Prices may change)

Wax hand Modeling prices – 1 hand $25, / 2 Hands together $35 / 4 hands $80.

Professionally taken photos – 1 Photo $20 and $5 for every additional photo.

A Brief history of Madame Tussaud

Madame Tussauds is known around the world by the brand that is the world leader in Wax modeling.  However the history of Madame Tussauds life is a fascinating one – in fact there have been many studies done and books written on her life!

Madame Tussard was born on December 1st 1761 in Strasbourg France.  Her father died just 2 months before her birth in military duties.  After her birth her mother took a position as housekeeper for Dr. Philippe Curtius in Switzerland. This is significant because Dr. Curtius used to make wax models in order to demonstrate human anatomy.  Dr. Curtius passed on his knowledge of wax modeling to young Marie!

When Marie was 4 years of age, Dr. Curtis produced a wax modeling exhibition in Paris which was a big success.  He continued to teach Marie the art of wax modeling.

Maries first wax figure was of Francois Voltaire in 1777, and was quickly followed by Benjamin Franklin and Jean Jacques Rousseau.

Marie was appointed by the French Royal Family as an art tutor for one of the royals.  This fact, during the French revolution, caused Marie to be flung in prison due to her royalist sympathies and sentenced to death by be-heading!

Somehow Marie escaped the guillotine – no one is sure whether because of her talent at making death masks or because of her acquaintance with Napoleon.

After her release from prison, in 1995 Marie married an engineer Francois Tussaud.

Marie Tussaud gave birth to two sons, Joseph and Francois. The wax modeling business was not thriving after the war so to improve prospects Marie Tussaud decided to take her waxworks on tour.

In 1802 Madame Tussaud took her waxworks on a tour of the British Isles lasting 33 years!!

Then, in 1835 Madame Tussaud established a permanent base in London with the help of her two sons at The Baker Street Bazaar, which became really popular.  In 1846 The Chamber of Horrors was created in Madame Tussauds Separate Room.  This room houses gruesome relics from the French Revolution and depicts that part of Madame Tussauds history.  In 1850 Madame Tussaud died, however her sons and grandsons kept up the tradition of wax modeling which is still strong today as can be seen at Madame Tussauds Sydney.

Click here if you would like to read a little more history and a bit of a roller coaster ride for Madame Tussauds.

In 2012 Madame Tussauds Sydney officially opened in Sydney, at Darling Harbour!!!!

There are now plans in 2013 for a permanent Madame Tussauds attraction to open in Tokyo, following a massively successful three month trial exhibition during 2011.

You can visit Sydney Madame Tussauds at Darling Harbour during your stay in Sydney Hostels and take advantage of 15% discounted entrance – ask for your discount voucher at the Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney reception or check with us in case we have  ticket specials available!

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