Madame Tussauds, Bangkok: How To Reach, Best Time & Tips
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About Madame Tussauds

Everybody grows up with the dream to meet their icons in real life, and Madame Tussauds Museum in Bangkok helps you take this dream one step further. Although not in flesh, the unique Wax Museum offers the chance to witness, marvel at extremely life-like wax models of some of the biggest personalities across the fields of art, culture, history and science.

Originally founded 1835, the first Madame Tussauds Museum was established in London by veteran French sculptor Marie Tussaud. Since then, the Museum has found its way into several major countries across the globe, Bangkok being one of them. At Madame Tussauds Bangkok, we see the western and eastern cultures coalesce into one- celebrating names from South East Asia and the West alike, the exhibits at Madame Tussauds Bangkok stretch the boundaries of space and time.

The Wax Museum is separated into ten different themed zones, each taking one through a portal into a different time and space. Offering a chance to rub shoulders with celebrities, sport icons, historical legends and political figureheads, the thrill value of the Museum is set quite high. Every exhibit is imagined against a natural background: you will find the Obamas discussing politics in the Oval Office, and Tiger Woods sitting down to prepare for a shot on a golf course.

Madame Tussauds Bangkok is also one of the most interactive of its sister museums. Take a quiz with Albert Einstein, shoot a few hoops at the sports section, or grab an easel and paint with Picasso- the Museum keeps you busy with its quirky little things to do.

There is an entire section dedicated just to Madame Tussaud as well, where one can witness the sculptor at work. This section is followed by a display of wax sculptures showing the making of the wax figurines. At the very fag end of the Museum is a cold wax counter, where one can get their own hand cast in wax and take the model home!

What Not to Miss at Madame Tussauds

Here is the list of best things to do at Madame Tussauds Museum:

1. Posing With the Stars: If meeting your favorite celebrities has always been a part of your itinerary, now is the chance to get one step closer to your dream. At Madame Tussauds, you can not only pose with lifelike wax figures of some of the world’s most popular personalities, but also interact with these mannequins.

The Museum is divided into several sub sections- history, sports, Bollywood, and such- with each hosting a number of figures according to the set theme. 

2. Interactive Displays: Madame Tussauds in Bangkok is the most interactive wax museum in the world. Which means, the exhibits here are not kept in glass boxes, allowing visitors to hug, touch or even take a picture with the life-like figures. Some display rooms even have games set out for visitors to try, such as solving puzzles or shooting goals.

3. Learn About the Museum's History: On its second flower, Madame Tussauds Bangkok pays tribute to the history of the Museum. The exhibits here create a detailed display of the process of wax art- how each hair on a mannequin is real human hair implanted one by one; how every figure takes 6 months to complete; and how they’re eventually maintained.

4. Pick Up a Souvenir: One cannot possibly leave Madame Tussauds without a memento of their visit, and the souvenir shop at the Museum only makes this easier. A variety of items- t-shirts, mugs, keyrings and more- are sold as merchandise at the store. The store also sells faux Oscar awards, for those that want to feel like a star themselves!

5. Have your Hand Cast in Wax: Just before you leave the exhibits, you’ll come across a small cold wax counter where you can get your own hand cast in wax. The cast is dried and eventually given away as a souvenir to take home!

Museum Sections in Madame Tussauds Museum 

1. History Buff: Offering a panoramic glimpse of the faces that changed the history of the world, the History section at Madame Tussauds Museum caters to every history buff’s delight.

The section comprises figurines of historical personalities not just from South East Asia, but from around the world as well. The most interesting figure here is of Madame Tussauds herself, caught in the act of wax-making. 

2. Politicians: 
Madame Tussauds collection of political figures spans not just the constraints of space but also time. The exhibit showcases figurines of some of the biggest names across the globe- the Obamas, Queen Elizabeth, Aung San Suu Kyi, Vladimir Putin and even Narendra Modi.

3. Pose With Obama: If you’ve ever dreamt of getting inside the Oval Office of the United States Senate, now is the chance to grab the opportunity. Madame Tussauds Bangkok offers you the unique chance of posing with Obama inside his office. The historic American leader is seen poised in his characteristic pose; arms folded as he smiles for the camera.

4. Sports Stars:
The sports section at Madame Tussauds Bangkok is a dream for every sports buff coming to the Museum. The exhibit here displays a stunning array of personalities across basketball, tennis and football.

It is also one of the most interactive sections of the Museum; visitors get to try their hand at a number of mini-games set up across the exhibit, such as kicking goals or shooting hoops.

5. The Musicians: From local artists to international pop and rock sensations, the section of Music is bound to whisk you away into your favorite MTV video. The newest exhibit here is of One Direction, where the five members of the internationally acclaimed boy band can be found lounging at a VIP area.

6. A Filmy Affair: Madame Tussauds' elaborate exhibit on cinema lets you step into the big moments of your favorite international hits. The exhibits here include that of Hugh Jackman from Wolverine, Spiderman, Captain America and much more.

The biggest attraction here is the model of Lieutenant Colonel Wanchana Sawasdee, the military official who played an integral role in Thailand’s biggest hit, The Legend of King Naresuan.

Wax Figures At The Museum 

1. Influential Leaders: Madame Tussauds Bangkok lets you interact with some of the most renowned political and spiritual leaders in contemporary history:
-Barack Obama
-Michelle Obama
-Queen Elizabeth II
-Vladimir Putin
-Narendra Modi
-Aung San Suu Kyi
-Mahathir bin Mohamad

2. Historical Figure: The Museum pays homage to the history of SouthEast Asia, and the world at large:
-Madame Marie Tussauds
-Diana, Princess of Wales 
-M.R Seni Pramoj
-BUddhadasa Bhikkhu 
-Mahatma Gandhi 
-Soekarno
-Mao Zedong 

3. Famous Scientists & Artists: This exhibit stands as a tribute to all those names that shaped contemporary culture through their contribution in arts and science:
-Mark Zuckerberg
-Ludwig van Beethoven 
-Shilpa Bhirasri
-Albert Einstein
-Pablo Picasso

4. Sports Legends: Whether it be football, tennis or basketball, you are sure to meet your favorite stars at the sports gallery of Madame Tussauds’:
-David Beckham 
-Cristiano Ronaldo
-Serena Williams
-Wayne Rooney
-Steven Gerrard
-Yao Ming 

5. Pop & Rock Musicians:  Whether local or international sensations, your are sure to find your hero in this collection of musical icons:
-One Direction
-Beyonce
-Lady Gaga
-Ariana Grande 
-Madonna 
-Justin Bieber 
-Katy Perry 
-Jay Chou 
-Nichkhun Horvejkul 
-Michael Jackson 

5. Movie Stars: The section on cinema is short, but worth it- the ‘Film’ exhibit at Madame Tussauds Bangkok lets you step into your favorite films with your favorite stars:
Lieutenant Colonel Wanchana Sawasdee 
-Hugh Jackman
-Chris Evans 
-Spiderman 
-Bruce Lee 
-Mario Maurer

6. Bollywood Stars: Paying tribute to the thriving Bombay industries, the Bollywood section is a homage to some of India’s biggest names, who are pictured as if on the red carpet leading the IIFA Awards:
-Shahrukh Khan 
-Prabhas 
-Amitabh Bacchan 

7. Asian Celebrities: When in Asia, one must explore Asian celebrities as well. Although not segregated into one section, one can find several Asian models scattered around the Museum:
-Jackie Chan
-Michelle Yeoh
-Ken Theeradej Wongpuapan
-Anne Thongprasom

8. Hollywood Stars: In a section titled ‘A-List’, Madame Tussauds Bangkok lets you mingle with the gems of Hollywood:

-Angelina Jolie 
-Brad Pitt 
-Vin Diesel 
-Dwayne Johnson
-Michelle Yeoh
-Jackie Chan

Places to visit near Madame Tussauds Bangkok 

1. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre: The Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre is at the heart of the city’s cultural scene. The art centre offers invigorating displays and exhibits on the local art life, ranging from theatre, music, cinema, applied arts and design.

In its modern architecture, the Art Centre’ nod to New York’s Guggenheim is obvious. The BACC also offers several guided tours, with a multilingual staff to assist in commentary.

2. SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World: A fun family attraction, this aquarium takes you on a tour across Bangkok’s waters. The Ocean World is separated into several zones by exhibit, with some of its biggest attractions being sharks, natural coral reefs and penguins. A variety of interactive experiences, such as feeding penguins and diving with sharks, is offered here as well.

3. Lumpini Park: Founded in the 1920’s, the Lumpini park is the largest open green space in central Bangkok. Sprawling across 500,000 square meters, this park is for just about everyone- on a regular day, one can spot picnickers, couples and older groups alike taking advantage of its open lawns. A little lake sits at the centre of Lumpini, ideal for a boat ride or a casual stroll along the perimeter.

4. Wat Phra Chetuphon: Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, this Buddhist temple is one of Bangkok’s largest cultural monuments. The eponymous Buddha, stretching across 5 meters, is the biggest attraction here. The Wat also houses a Thai massage school, and is one of the best places to get an authentic Thai treatment at.

5. The Grand Palace: Standing at the very heart of Bangkok, this dazzling Palace is definitely the city’s biggest landmark. Built in the 18th century, the Palace served as the royal residence of the Thai royalty.

Today, its architecture stands out in its grandiosity, with its impressive hallways capped with golden tipped domes. The Palace grounds is also home to the famed Wat Phra Kaew, which is said to be the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand.

6. Jim Thompson House Museum: Also known as the ‘Silk King’, American businessman Jim Thompson was one of the biggest collectors of South Asian art in the world. Today, his home in Bangkok stands testament to the curator’s superlative taste. With rooms stacked with Thai paintings, sculptures, murals and more, the House Museum takes you through a trip across the country’s art history.

7. CentralwOrld: For a comprehensive shopping experience, head over to CentralwOrld, Bangkok’s biggest shopping destination. The mega shopping complex is home to a variety of upscale outlets selling everything from gadgets to clothing. The mall features a food court as well.

8. MBK Center: Sprawling across 8 storeys, MBK centre is one of Bangkok’s biggest shopping malls. The Mall houses over 2,000 stores, selling everything from high end retail to budget accessories. The MBK Center houses a number of fine dining destinations as well.

Other Essential Information About Madame Tussauds

Here is the list of best Insider’s tips for visiting Madame Tussauds:

-It is best to purchase one’s pass online in order to avoid the inevitable queue

-Carrying a camera is recommended

-Visit the Museum during early evening or late afternoon hours in order to avoid a crowd 

-Spend some time on the second floor exploring the history of the Museum 

-Do not forget to get  hand-cast done when at the Museum!

-Every ticket includes a 4D Ice Age movie experience
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People Also Ask About Madame Tussauds

  1. How do I get to Madame Tussauds Bangkok?

    BTS Skytrain: The Museum is a 5 minute walk away from BTS Siam station. The station is right in the middle of the city, and can be accessed via MRT from Silom, Chatuchak or Sukhumvit. By Bus: The Museum is well connected to the rest of the city via bus routes. Some of the routes that travel to the Museum are: 15, 16, 25,40, 48, 54, 73, 73?, 79, 141, 159, 162, 183, 204, 501, 508. By Car: The Museum can also be driven to or accessed via taxi. The Siam Centre Car Park is right by the Museum.
  2. Is Madame Tussauds worth visiting?

    Touring Madame Tussauds is an experience in itself, and the Museum is definitely worth a visit by all. With its lifelike wax figures promising an out of the world experience, a trip to the Museum is an absolute must when in Bangkok.
  3. Which is the most famous celebrity wax statue we can see in Madame Tussauds Museum?

    Although all exhibits are equally popular in their own right, some of the more famous statues at the Museum are those of the Obamas, Queen Elizabeth and the A-List celebrities.
  4. Can we click photos inside the museum?

    Yes! In fact, photography is an essential part of one’s experience at the Wax Museum. One can not only take pictures of the figures, but with them as well. There are designated selfie spots around the Museum where one can stop for a quick snap.
  5. Can we touch wax statues in museums?

    Unlike most Museums, the exhibits in Madame Tussauds are not enclosed within glass boxes, but are kept out in the open for visitors to touch and get a feel of them. One can also get close enough to the statues to take a selfie with them.
  6. How much time do we need to visit the wax museum?

    One would need at least 2 to 3 hours to explore the Museum completely. Madame Tussauds is segregated into nine different zones by theme, each section housing a whole array of figures. The best way to spend time here is to stop by for pictures and at each exhibit and get a true feel of the atmosphere created there.

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