The Madame Tussauds is a world renowned wax museum located in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. Founded in the 1970s, the wax museum is located just at the Dam Square, neighbouring the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and just above Peek & Clopenburg department store. An amusement park of its own kind, it has experienced modernisation through the years, making use of actors and extras to give the Madame Tussauds life and to improve the visitors’ experience. There have also been multi-media add-ons to appeal mostly to teenagers and children, since they constitute the larger percentage of visitors to the museum.
The historical background of Madame Tussauds
Owned by Merlin Entertainment, it museum speaks of profound history behind it, coming about as a result of Anna Maria Grosholtz (1761–1850), also known as Madame Tussauds, who is known for her contribution in the sculpture of wax masks of a dead people. She died in London with a total collection of 400 wax figures, which included the “Chamber of Horrors”-a commemoration of the French Revolution. Many other of her exhibits exist in different parts of the world today.
Getting to Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
The museum is always open from 10am to 8pm and it would take you approximately 19minutes to get there from the Central Station, 4,9,14, 16, 24, 25; tram stop, Dam if you are using the train and for those using cars, the closest you would get to a parking is at the Bijenkorf department store that is open every day of the week. You can access it driving from the Munt tower direction.
Visiting the wax museum
From a distance, the sight of the golden age structure is one to behold, but gets more and tackier when you move closer and closer. However, if you get all sorts of feelings when visiting Disney and other amazing amusement parks, then you would love the Madame Tussauds. It is a perfect destination for families since it is a great place for children and teenagers to hang out, while learning a thing or two on history while visiting. The view is breathtaking from the round window at the top, a pleasant location to take amazing selfies.
Ticketing at Madame Tussauds
It will cost you few coins to get to this park, but not much. However, the queues during the peak period could get annoyingly long, waiting time going up to 1 ½ hours. You are bound to get a 20% discount if you get your ticket from Amsterdam City Pass. Below is the ticketing schedule:
- Adults (including age 16 and older): €24.50
- Children age 5 – 15: €20.50
- Children age up to 4: Free
Madame Tussauds’ amusement gallery
The structure houses the Claas Janszoon, which is the world’s largest animatronics’ wax figure. This is the first thing you will welcome you to the museum. The gallery is filled with multimedia and animatronics wax figure cabinets, which play a huge role in shaking off their morbid traditional feel. These figures have been modified-made prettier and taller than their actual representation. You could play dress-up and take amazing photos.