Madame Tussauds San Francisco 200 Years Of Extraordinary History

Madame Tussauds is a wax museum in San Fran ; it has smaller museums in a number of other major cities. It was founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud in 1835. It used to be spelled as “Madame Tussaud’s”; the apostrophe is no longer use. Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was. There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good, old-fashioned curiosity.

The Making Of A Star

1761: Madame Tussaud is born Marie Grosholtz in Strasbourg.

1777: Marie models the famous author and philosopher, Francois Voltaire.

1780: Marie becomes art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister and goes to live at the Royal Court in Versailles.

1789: On the eve of The French Revolution, Marie returns to Paris.

1793: Marie is imprisoned with her mother in the notorious Laforce Prison, Paris. On her release she is forced to prove her allegiance to the Revolution by making death masks of executed nobles and her former employers, the King and Queen.

1794: The French Revolution ends and Marie inherits Dr Philippe Curtius’ wax exhibition.

1795: Marie marries François Tussaud.

Attraction Around The World

1972: The second European Madame Tussauds attraction opens in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

1999: The first American Madame Tussauds opens in Las Vegas.

2000: The second American Madame Tussauds attraction opens in New York, and the same year Madame Tussauds opens in Hong Kong.

2006: Madame Tussauds opens in Shanghai.

2007: The third American attraction opens in Washington DC.

2008: The third European site becomes Berlin, where the attraction opens in ‘Unter den Linden’.

2009: The fourth American site opens in Hollywood.

2010: Madame Tussauds Bangkok opens in December – the third attraction in Asia.

2011: Vienna (Austria) and Blackpool (UK) both open in April 2011 – the global count is now up to 12 attractions.2011Celebrating 250 Years!

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