Introducing Madame Tussauds Shanghai
With more than 200 years of wax making experience, Madame Tussauds is famous throughout the world for its lifelike wax figures. Opened in 2006, Madame Tussauds Shanghai was the second Madame Tussauds museum to open in Asia after Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. It offers a mix of Chinese and western figures, from film stars to athletes and world leaders.
Madame Tussauds Shanghai Fast Facts
• Chinese Name: Shanghai Dusha Furen Laxiangguan 上海杜莎夫人蜡像馆
• Best Time to Visit: All year around
• Recommended Visiting Hours: About 1 to 2 hours
• Things to Do: Photography, Wax Figures
• Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
• Entrance Fee: ¥190/person
• Address: 10th floor of the New World Department Store, Nanjing West Road, Shanghai
What to expect at Madame Tussauds Shanghai
History of Madame Tussauds
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. Today’s visitors are sent on a unique, emotionally-charged journey through the realms of the powerful and famous. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone so guests can truly get up, close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, reliving the times, events and moments that made the world talk about them.
Madame Tussauds’s history is a rich and fascinating one, with roots dating back to the Paris of 1770. It was here that Madame Tussaud learned to model wax likenesses under the tutelage of her mentor, Dr Philippe Curtius. At the age of 17, she became art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister at the Palace Of Versailles and then, during the French Revolution, was hastily forced to prove her allegiance to the feudalistic nobles by making the death masks of executed aristocrats. Madame Tussaud came to Britain in the early 19th century alongside a traveling exhibition of revolutionary relics and effigies of public heroes and rogues.
At a time when news was communicated largely by word of mouth, Madame Tussauds’ exhibition was a kind of traveling newspaper, providing insight into global events and bringing the ordinary public face-to-face with the people in the headlines. Priceless artifacts from the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars brought to vividly life events in Europe which had a direct bearing on everyday lives. Figures of leading statesmen and, in the Chamber of Horrors, notorious villains put faces to the names on everyone’s lips and captured the public imagination. In 1835, Madame Tussauds’ exhibition established a permanent base in London as the Baker Street Bazaar – visitors paid sixpence for the chance to meet the biggest names of the day. Madame Tussauds moved to its present site in Marylebone Road come 1884.
Features of Madame Tussauds Shanghai
Madame Tussauds Shanghai consists of twelve themed divisions: Top Party, Marvel Super Heroes, TV Entertainment, The Lost Tomb, Universal Studios, Music World, Sports Superstars, National Leaders, Scientific Celebrities, Korean Idols, Fashion Zone, and Glacier Age 4D Theater. There are nearly 80 wax figures in the museum, offering common people a chance to closely contact with their favored celebrities.
Madame Tussauds Shanghai is the sixth one in the world, which featuring its adoption of the most advance technological elements in the construction. With the use of new materials and advanced technology, it offers visitors a superior experience. For example, visitors may have interactive contact with some of the wax figures.
The highlight of Madame Tussauds Shanghai is an adventurous exhibition, given the name of ‘Scream Hall’. Here visitors will experience a heart-stopping adventure with live performances and wax statues that you have never seen before, making the visit a true test of nerves.
How to get to Madame Tussauds Shanghai
• Take Metro Line 1, Line 2 or Line 8 and get off at People’s Square Station (Exit 7).
• Take bus 18, 46, 108, 312, 318, 537, 930, or 952 and get off at Xizang Zhonglu Beijing Donglu Station.
• Take bus 20, 37, 330 or 805 and get off at Nanjing Xilu Huanghe Lu Station.
Additional travel advice on Madame Tussauds Shanghai
• Beverage or food is not allowed to take into the museum.
• Visitors can take photos with most of the wax figures. Extra cost is required for Audrey Hepburn.