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In 1884 Madame Tussauds relocated from Baker Street to its current site on Marylebone Road. In 1925 the attraction got ravaged by fire but in 1928 it was restored with the addition of a cinema and a restaurant. In 1940 it was struck by a German World War II bomb which destroyed 352 head moulds and the cinema.

After the economy recovered from the war, Madame Tussauds reopened and expanded again with a planetarium marking the Commonwealth’s first planetarium.

In 1971 the second European Madame Tussauds opened in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Then in 1993, Madame Tussauds added “The Spirit of London”, a spectacular animatronics ride. Also, The London Planetarium had a £4.5 million re-development which included the installation of the world’s first Digistar II star projector.

In 1996 in collaboration with Time Magazine, Madame Tussauds opened a display that portrays some of Time magazine’s top 100 people of the 20th century. There was also a royal exhibition of dresses including those worn by Diana the Princess of Wales, Sarah the Duchess of York and Sophie the Countess of Wessex.

In 1999 the first American Madame Tussauds opened in Las Vegas, then another in New York followed by Hong Kong and Shanghai. In 2007 they opened another attraction in Washington DC, Berlin Hollywood and Bangkok, Vienna and then Blackpool

Until Sydney, there were 12 global Madame Tussauds attractions celebrating 250 years of existence, which is quite a feat considering the ups and downs they endured and the fact that Marie at one stage was sentenced to death!!

As you know, in 2012 Madame Tussauds Sydney officially opened in Sydney, at Darling Harbour!!!! and we are excited!

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.

Read more about Madame Tussauds Sydney here.

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