One of the most popular museums in Amsterdam is the Madame Tussauds Museum. The museum is located in one of the few buildings overlooking Dam Square, in the Peek & Cloppenburg building on the southern part of the square. Madame Tussauds Museum is a must-stop for many tourists visiting Amsterdam, because it is a world-famous museum. It is famous for its highly realistic wax exhibits of famous people.
Who is Madame Tussaud?
Madame Tussaud (Marie Tussaud) was a maid who lived in France between 1761 and 1850. Marie Tussaud learned how to make wax sculptures from her uncle in Paris. When her uncle died, she took over the two wax museums owned by her uncle. After the French Revolution, Madame Tussaud was assigned to remove the masks of beheaded people and moved to England in 1802 with her wax statues to start a new life.
Marie Tussaud was both traveling and earning money by exhibiting her works. After a ship voyage to Ireland to exhibit her works resulted in an accident and the ship sank, Tussaud had to swim to shore and lost some of her works. He returned to London and started to stay there. Madame Tussauds used busts and paintings of people to create her wax sculptures. He was a very successful entrepreneur and artist.
Madame Tussauds Museum in London, where you can also see her own works, is the first museum owned by the artist and in the following years, it has been a great success by spreading to important tourist cities such as Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Berlin.
Amsterdam Madame Tussauds Museum exhibits wax sculptures of famous names from the past and present. Each one is more impressive than the other. Moreover, there are no restrictions on the sculptures. You can take photos, touch and examine them as you wish. We were very surprised by this comfort.
Amsterdam Madame Tussauds Wax Figures
There are many categories in the museum where wax sculptures are exhibited. The wax statues of Barack Obama, the first black president in the history of the USA, one of the world’s greatest and most impressive leaders, and Angela Merkel, the first woman chancellor after Germany became a modern state in 1871, are some of the statues in the statesmen category.
It is also possible to see DJs who grew up in the soil of the Netherlands here. Afrojack, who was born in 1987 and had a fast debut in the history of music, Armin van Buuren, who has been ranked 1st in the Top 100 DJs list selected by the monthly magazine Dj Mag in the UK, and Dj Tiesto, who ranked 4th in the same list in 2013, are among the DJs waiting for visitors.
Queen Beatrix, who ascended the throne in 1980 and served as Queen of the Netherlands for 33 years, Willem Alexander, one of the kings of the Netherlands, and his wife Queen Máxima, Dutch soccer player Rafael van der Vaart, Argentine Lionel Messi, who continues to achieve great success with his talent, Ronaldinho, one of the best soccer players in the world, and David Beckham, who is also known for his success, doing sit-ups.
Madame Tussauds Museum also features celebrities known in the movie industry. Among the sculptures you will see are Canadian actor Ryan Gosling, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig known for James Bond, Marilyn Monroe, ranked by the American Film Institute as the greatest female movie star of all time, E.T., the main character of a 1982 fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg, and Princess Fiona, the eldest daughter of DreamWorks’ Shrek.
In music, Robbie Williams, Jamaican Bob Marley, Adele, who became famous after posting a demo on MySpace, Michael Jackson, who won the love of millions with his dancing, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Justin Bieber, who was discovered after posting videos on Youtube and quickly climbed to the top and received many awards from the American Music Awards and MTV Music Awards, and professional models Doutzen Kroes and Kate Moss in the fashion industry.
In the highly interactive art area of the museum, we encounter various artists and have interactive art experiences as we visit. Fun moments in the IamArt hall can be sent to you via e-mail. You come across masters such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, the master of surrealism, and you can share the same frame with Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
In the 19th century’s greatest painter Vincent van Gogh‘s studio, you can take part in a painting with a background of your choice and create a unique painting. Similarly, you can take part in Rembrant‘s The Night Watch.
While visiting the museum, we come across handprints and face masks of some famous people. Michael Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Stevie Wonder are some of these names.
While walking around the museum, we suddenly find ourselves among Marvel’s superheroes. We pick up Captain America’s shield and support him, we can’t lift Thor’s hammer, we use Iron Man’s laboratory and experience the three-dimensional experience with wax sculptures. While we are experiencing all these things and there are many more artists inside, we think of the long queues of people who want to enter the museum in Dam Square in front of the museum and we agree with them.
Tips for Visiting Madame Tussauds
Let’s talk about a few things that you can take advantage of during your museum visit.
- Arrive early to avoid the crowds. Madame Tussauds is one of the most popular attractions in Amsterdam, so it can get pretty crowded later in the day.
- Purchase your tickets online in advance to skip the line.
- Bring your camera! There are plenty of photo opportunities throughout the attraction, from posing with life-size wax figures to getting up close and personal with some of the world’s most famous celebrities.
- Give yourself plenty of time to explore. There is so much to see at Madame Tussauds, you don’t want to rush your visit.
- Check out the special events and activities that may take place during your visit. For example, meet and greets with real-life celebrities or the opportunity to make your own wax handprint.
What are the entrance fee and visiting hours of Madame Tussauds Amsterdam Museum?
The entrance fee to Madame Tussauds Amsterdam Museum is 23,50€. However, if you don’t want to wait in long queues and want to take advantage of the fast pass, buy your ticket online. Moreover, it is 3€ cheaper and the entrance fee is 20,50€. If you visit before 11:30 or after 18:00, you can buy the same ticket for 18€.
The tickets you buy online must be used within 2 months, otherwise they expire. Moreover, you don’t need to print it out, just show your ticket over the phone. They also offer various combinations when buying online tickets, if you wish, you can get detailed information and buy tickets from Amsterdam Madamme Tussauds Online Ticket page. Although Madame Tussauds Museum is open every day between 10:00 – 22:00, be sure to check the website so that you do not encounter any surprises.
Where and how to get to Madame Tussauds Amsterdam Museum?
Come to Dam Square and look up and start reading the inscriptions on the buildings. The building with the huge Madame Tussauds sign is the building where the Madame Tussauds Museum is located. Underneath you can see the ticket queue and the entrance gate.
The museum is full of incredibly realistic wax figures, and there are plenty of photo opportunities. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the whole experience is very enjoyable. We highly recommend a visit to Madame Tussauds Amsterdam!