Sculptor Madame Marie Tussaud (née Grosholtz) created her first wax figure in Bern, Switzerland back in 1777. Her first representation was an 18th century version of a celebrity, a likeness of the witty French author/philosopher Voltaire, completed just one year before his death at the ripe old age of 83. Today, the process of making lifelike figures in wax is much the same as it was 250 years ago, down to every individual strand of hair being attached by hand.
With locations in 19 cities on four continents, Madame Tussauds is a big draw wherever it’s found. Owned by Merlin Entertainments Group, second largest sightseeing attraction company on earth, second only to Disney. In London, where Madame Tussauds is a top draw, the group also operates the gorgeous London Eye and the gory London Dungeon.
In San Francisco, Madame Tussauds rolls out the red carpet for a first look at their unique personalities in the summer of 2014. Fisherman’s Wharf on San Francisco Bay is location number six for the United States. Get ready to mix with your favorite musicians, A-listers, sports legends, pop icons, even the entrepreneurial tech stars of Silicon Valley. Sheelagh Wylie, Head of Trade Sales at Madame Tussauds/Merlins Entertainments Group explains, “Each city has its own unique list of selected celebrities. The personalities of Los Angeles are certainly different from those we have on view in London or Hong Kong, for example. In Washington, D.C., visitors can see all 44 presidents in wax.”
Double the pleasure
Right next door, the new San Francisco Dungeon opens on June 26, 2014, as the first of its kind in the USA. Delve into San Francisco’s past, the days of the Barbary Coast characters and true tales of Gold Rush greed. Find out what happened along secret passageways to the docks, in hidden Chinatown haunts, in the inescapable cells of the Rock at Alcatraz. Prepare for a scare.
Madame Tussauds San Francisco (at Fisherman’s Wharf)
and The San Francisco Dungeon
145 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94133