May 21, 2007

Madame Tussaud’s is the Museum Antidote

Posted in Madame Tussaud's, museums at 10:04 am by classicalmusic

Not all museums are serious and staid and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum is a good example.  If paintings and sculpture are not your thing, try for Tussaud’s for a twist.

If all this talk of art and museums is still not convincing you, then you should try for a museum that is not really a museum.  To some people any museum is going to be boring; just the idea of walking around and looking at stuff is enough to make their eyes cross.  For those people, hands-on museums – like the great science museum in
Philadelphia – is a good compromise.  Some people just need to do things and any hands-on museum is a good alternative.  The most non-museum ever, though, is Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum – either in
London or in NY City.  I went to the one in
London as part of a 40-hour, super-speed trip to that city a few years ago.  We arrived at Heathrow at 7:00 in the morning on a Wednesday and we left the next night at midnight.  In the course of those two days, we took a tour on a double-decker bus-? we actually did two loops because we fell asleep in the middle and just kept going around; saw the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and at Kensington Palace; went out to eat twice; shopped on Oxford Street; saw Les Miserables; walked through Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square; went to London Dundgeons (very dumb!), and, of course, went to Madame Tussaud’s.  It was wildly over-priced and we thought twice before going in but ultimately it seemed a shame to miss it so we gave it a whirl.  It was keetchy and silly but, if nothing else, it’s a great photo op and some of our best London shots are of us standing with the Beatles and Charlie Chaplin.  A few years later I was with my kids in
New York and I sent them to the Tussaud’s there.  I couldn’t bear to do it again – it’s not something that’s worth paying twice for – so I sent them in without me and they had a great time and again took some nifty photos.  Interestingly, though, on that trip to NYC, I did repeat a
London activity – I took my kids to see Les Mis, which most definitely was worth doing twice.  Not everything can be seen in a museum.  Just thought you may want to know.