After getting your Madame Tussauds discounts voucher, you’re probably excited about rushing to the nearest wax museum with the family. But before you step outside your home, why not search for fun facts about the place first? Once your kids saw the life-like figures of their favorite singers or heroes, they’ll surely pester you with a lot of questions.
If you can answer their questions, you’ll be able to impress them and earn a “cool parent” award. This is way better than snapping an “I don’t know” response every time they ask you something. To help you get started, here’s a short list of fun trivia that’ll make your wax museum trip more exciting.
- Madame Tussaud was a real person
The famous Madame worked before as a house helper for Dr. Philippe Curtius – an expert in creating wax models for illustrating the human anatomy. Her first wax figure was that of Voltaire, a French writer, historian, and philosopher. Marie, as she was known, learned the tricks of the trade and became famous because of him. Her wax figure can actually be seen in her own museum.
- Mother Teresa was supposed to be part of the wax figure collection
Unfortunately, Mother Teresa refused the offer to become immortalized as a life-like wax figure. She said that her works were more important than herself. She was actually the only person who refused the offer.
- Taking measurements is not a walk in the park
In order to create the exquisite details of the wax sculptures, the artists need to take 150 measurements of the person that they’re portraying. In most cases, the famous personalities need to be measured more than once, especially if the artists are doing different poses of the same person. Queen Elizabeth needed to model for 17 times!
- The wax figures are 2% larger than the actual people
They make at least 250 precise measurements and photos of different angles then add 2%. Why? This is because wax shrinks.
- Some famous celebrities also contribute to the creation of their own wax figures
Lenny Kravitz, a musician, gave an outfit and jewelry to be added to the sculpture. Janet Jackson gave her tour costumes, and Jay Kay gave his iconic hat.
- The figures are made from beeswax
Before creating a sculpture, the figure is molded using a plaster mould. The head is the very first part to be crafted. Afterwards, the mould will be filled with melted beeswax and it will be cooled down for a couple of seconds. The bodies, meanwhile, are sculpted using fiberglass.
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Leona S. Green is a 20+ digital marketer who works for several brands, including Smartsave.