A Brief History Of Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds is a worldwide exhibit phenomenon mainly associated with celebrities, such as Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie. The history of Madame Tussauds is often forgotten, or unknown to visitors, which is a shame as it’s interlaced with politics and the history of the French Revolution.

Celebrities today are cordially invited for a sitting at Madame Tussauds, and it is a great honour for them to be featured.

During the French Revolution aristocrats, who are comparable to modern day celebrities, didn’t see the wax figures as such an honour; as it often meant them having lost their heads.

Madame Tussaud, who narrowly escaped execution by guillotine herself, would look through the remains of those executed looking for recognisable people. She would then use these heads as a base for her figures.

The wax works of Madame Tussaud served as death masks during this period, and leaders of the French Revolution would use these masks as propaganda for their cause.

To give you a quick overview of the history of Madame Tussauds, and how it progressed into what it is today, VisitBritain have created the following infographic