About Madame Tussauds
What Not to Miss at Madame Tussauds
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
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
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:
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’:
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:
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:
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:
8. Hollywood Stars: In a section titled ‘A-List’, Madame Tussauds Bangkok lets you mingle with the gems of Hollywood:
Places to visit near Madame Tussauds Bangkok
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.
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
-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