Madame Tussauds was originally started by Marie Tussaud. As we were told inside, she started learning by the doctor her mother worked for. She inherited his collection and then travelled around Europe for thirty years, showing these exhibitions. They were basically death masks she made of decapitated people during the French Revolution. But when the Napoleonic wars broke out, she couldn’t go back to France. So she opened up this museum here on Baker Street. And it’s been open ever since, It’s had a little bit of controversy. The let go one of the famous artists when they sold the family business and they say he even sent a parcel bomb to the family. And also, Hitler inside, as we’ll tell you about in a minute, was decapitated in protest by a German that visited. So all in all, you get to see some fantastic celebrities, sports stars, politicians, bit of everyone. And get to go right beside them, which you wouldn’t get to do normally. And it’s very popular. Its one of the top attractions in London.
We have some of the most popular and unpopular celebrities of history.
So in among all the most famous celebrities and the best world leaders, we have a very controversial politician that in fact, only a few years ago, he was decapitated by an angry German man who came here and said that he shouldn’t be put among all the people that we look up to. That’s Hitler, so lets go and take a look visit him.
So it’s kind of bizarre to see Hitler as a tourist attraction but its important to see these two men together, because they were so important in the Second World War, a time that really affected London and the city itself. So here we are, with Churchill and with Hitler.
Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Diana, the royal family, the beatles, David Cameron.
So this is as close as we’e going to get to be able to get to 10 Downing Street because the street itself is closed off to the public. Now at least we can get a good view of the Prime Minister and get right to the door here.
So this is the museum after the fire that happened in 1925. It must have been devastating. Imagine all that hard work and it’s all burnt down.
I think to get through Madam Tussauds in one piece we deserve one of these prizes because its a pretty touristy place to be honest. I recommend that you come during the week and really early if you can to avoid all the crowds because after that I think we deserve a cup of tea.
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