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Madame Tussauds

Famous wax-work museum in the heart of Shanghai

Marie Tussaud, born in Strasbourg, France, was famous for her wax-making abilities. Her most outstanding work is the wax figure of the French writer Voltaire. In 1835, when she was 74 years old, Madame Tussauds (formerly spelled Madame Tussaud's) was set up in London, which grew to become a major tourist attraction. Now, there are branches in several other major cities, including Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Shanghai, Amsterdam, New York City and  Las Vegas. 

Shanghai won out over thirty other candidate cities by taking advantage of its local celebrities and vast market prospects. Madame Tussauds Shanghai, which opened to the public in 2006, is the sixth in the world. It is situated on the tenth floor of New World Mansion, West Nanjing Road.

Open since 2006, the Madame Tussauds Shanghai is the sixth Madame Tussauds Wax Museum following its predecessors in London, Amsterdam, Las Vegas, New York, and Hongkong.

Madame Tussaud is a French artist who fabricated life-sized statues lively for favorite celebrities. She established her first permanent exhibition on Baker Street in London in 1835.

Madame Tussauds Shanghai has been divided into seven motive sections: "Behind the Scene", "Charming Shanghai", "Celebrities in History", "Film", "Music", "Sports" and "Speed".  More than 70 lifelike celebrity was sculptures are displayed in the museum and all of them were meticulously fabricated in the workroom, which has a history over 200 years in making wax statues, in London.

Situated on the tenth floor of the New World Building in the central, bustling People's Square, and spread across ten themed rooms, the Shanghai branch of the world-renowned wax museum adds some Asian flavour to the classic brand, with personalities such as sportsman Yao Ming, actress Li Bing Bing and King of Cantopop Aaron Kwok appearing alongside international icons.

Mingle with business magnates Bill Gates and Li Ka at the bar of a ritzy Hollywood club, where Tom Cruise and Michelle Yeoh boogie the night away to Gaga’s ‘Pokerface’, and Madonna seems to have drunk too much Hennessy Cognac (sponsored?) in her VIP room. Then stroll past icons of science and space exploration, through the room of historical and contemporary world leaders, and past a congregation of film stars, getting dangerously close to a caged Antony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter and Bruce Lee’s furious fists.

Madame Tussauds / Shanghai


10F, New World Department Store, 2-68 Nanjing Lu
near Price examplesAdults tickets 125rmb

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (21:00 for last ticket)
General Ticket: CNY 150 for an adult ticket & CNY 110 for a student ticket
CNY 90 for child beween 0.8m and 1.3m or aged people above 65 years old (unsuited to the Scream Hall)
Combo Tickets: Magic Combo A (2 adult + 1 photo with selected figure) CNY 310
Magic Combo B (2 adult + 1 guidebook) CNY 305
Family Combo (1 adult &1 child under 1.3m) CNY 190 (excludes Scream Hall)
Family Combo (2 adults & 1 child under 1.3m) CNY 310 (excludes Scream Hall)
Bus: Take bus 18, 20, 37, 46, 167, 518, 537, 930 or 952 at Middle Xizang Road, East Beijing Road or People's Square. Find New World Building in 2-68 West Nanjing Road. The wax museum is on the 10th floor.
Subway: Take Subway Line 1, Line 2 and Line 8, get off at People's Square Station. Leave from Exit 7 and you will see the New World Building

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