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Madame Tussauds – Tourist trap or Hidden gem?

by AIFS Study Abroad

When my brother and his fiancé were planning their trip to London, they knew that a trip to Madame Tussauds on their list of things to see.  Since it panned out to be on one of the few days I got to see them I decided that I would go along despite thinking it was going to be a tourist trap and not necessarily worth the high price.  However, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed my experience!

A-Lister Party

The first stop in the museum is A-Lister Party.  This section was decorated and set up like a red-carpet event and the room is filled with figures of the world’s most recognizable actors and actresses.  From Tom Cruise, Emma Watson, the Beckmans, and the newest addition, Dwayne the Rock Johnson, it was so cool to be so up-close and “personal” with these incredibly lifelike figures. 

Royal Family

The stop is the Royals.  Everyone has imagined being able to meet the Queen or even catch a glimpse of Harry and Meghan and here you get to pose for a photo with most of the family! There is a line as an employee for the museum is taking professional photos (available for purchase at the end) but they don’t stop you from taking photos with your own phone which is always a plus.

Spirit of London

I didn’t touch on every single type of person you can find in the museum but I’m going to fast forward to some of the more unique aspects.  The Spirit of London is a small ride that has you hop in an iconic “black taxi” and takes you through the history of London.  I thought this was such a fun experience because it is not only filled with wax figures but has animatronics too!

Superheroes

The last experience they had was a 4-D movie with Marvel superheroes.  While waiting in line to get inside the theater there were the figures of Spiderman, Captain America, the Hulk, Iron Man, Wolverine, and their newest addition Captain Marvel. 

Star Wars

The last section of the museum is the Star Wars exhibit which not surprisingly my brother was the most excited for.  Having just recently seen the movies it was amazing how many characters they had created for the museum and how lifelike each one was. 

Overall, Madame Tussauds, while not the cheapest place to visit, is definitely worth it.  Yes it is touristy but sometimes the tourists really know what they are doing.  Even if you aren’t a pop culture fanatic, there are so many cool figures to see along with the interactive experiences within the museum.  

Emma Ulrich is an Marketing Management and Business Communications student at the University of St. Thomas studying abroad in London for Fall 2019. Emma hopes to not only learn about London and the United Kingdom but explore other European cultures and learn more about the world than just little Minnesota. Keep checking back for more of Emma’s blogs here.

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