People will be able to take selfies with top Hollywood stars, thanks to Madame Tussauds
World-famous wax museum Madame Tussauds is bringing a little bit of Hollywood to Prague starting April 11. A special show held at Wax Museum Prague will be the first of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe.
The London-based waxworks will be showing off its versions of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Bruce Willis, George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, fictional alien ET, and a newcomer, Lady Gaga. They will be under the direction of Quentin Tarantino.
The figures won’t be behind velvet ropes or under glass, so visitors can take selfies with an arm around their idol or sit in a chair next to the director.
“For our stars Prague is a natural choice. Not only has a whole list of Hollywood films been made there, but it is sometimes also called the Hollywood of Europe,” said Liz Wells, global marketing director Madame Tussauds.
The exhibition is also testing the waters. “We are very curious about people’s interest and we hope that the time-limited exhibition in the future can be replaced with a permanent one, and Prague could be added to the 15 existing locations of Madame Tussauds around the world,” Wells added. “We see Prague as the gateway for Madame Tussauds to enter cities in Central and Eastern Europe.” The exhibition will run at least until October 2014.
Madame Tussauds is noted for its lifelike figures, which not every wax museum can boast. A team of 20 sculptors in the UK work on the figures, and each one takes four months to complete, according to a press release. Hairs are places individually, for example, in each figure and several layers of colored wax are used to create the proper skin tone. More than 500 measurements are made for each figure.
Wax Museum Prague, which primarily features figures from Czechoslovak and European history, is enthusiastic about the project. “We are extremely pleased that we can host this special show and we hope that it attracts visitors to our museum. It is an honor for us to collaborate with the best in the industry, whose skills and experience in creating extremely realistic wax sculptures really have no competition. … We believe that this will be the beginning of a great partnership,” Wax Museum Prague director Ladislav Derner said.
Madame Tussauds Studios London has been making wax figures for over 150 years. The waxworks now has branches in London, New York, Las Vegas, Hollywood, Berlin, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Blackpool, Wuhan, Washington D.C., Bangkok, Sydney, Tokyo and Vienna. In the next 12 months it will open more locations in Beijing, San Francisco, Singapore and Orlando.
Wax Museum Prague opened 20 years ago and now has two other branches in Karlštejn and Český Krumlov.