Did you ever dream of seeing all your favorite celebrities at once? Stop dreaming, that place exists; it’s called Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam. Take as many selfies as you want with the (wax) celebrities, or even dress like one of them. Did you know that making one wax figure cost €250.000, -? Pay attention! Before you go to Madame Tussauds make sure you have enough storage on your camera available.
Madame Tussauds wax museum in Amsterdam is the second first attraction of the Madame Tussauds wax museums in the world. Nowadays the global count is already on 17 Madame Tussauds museums. Although the Madame Tussauds has definitely earned it’s place as very popular tourist attraction in Amsterdam. Reasons here for are that the museum is more then just a museum, people who pay a visit describe the place more as an amusement park with a rich history. Thanks to all the modern technique like multimedia effects and the interactive setting of the entire museum including with the wax figures. It’s worth a visit for young and old, but as most amusement parks the target audience are children en teenagers. Nevertheless in 2012 Madame Tussauds Amsterdam was on place 23 of best visited attractions in the entire country.
Highlights of Madame Tussauds Amsterdam 2015
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam is open 7 days a week. The opening times differ per season. Last admission is always one hour before the museum closes.
|High season (March 7 till October 31)**||10:00 – 20:00|
|Low season (November 1 till March 6)||09:30 – 19:00|
** On April 27 Kingsday the museum is closed. On May 4 the museum closes 17:30, on May 5 18:30 (liberation of German occupation during WWII)
Tickets and prices for the Madame Tussauds-Wax Museum-Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds is one of the Amsterdam Museums that offers major discounts for visitors that order their tickets online. Those who buy tickets online for Madame Tussauds can save up till 35% when choosing off-peak hours in the early morning or in the evening, after 18.00 PM. But also in the peakhours visitors that buy tickets online save €4,- per person. The only downside of buying tickets from Madametussauds.com, is that you have to buy your tickets at least a day before. So if you’re planning to visit Madame Tussauds today, you can’t buy your discount tickets from their website. Instead you are able to purchase discounted tickets from our partner Tiqets.com for €21,-. That’s a €3,50 discount on the regular fee. The tickets will be sent to you mobile phone instantly.
Tip: if you would like to visit both Madame Tussauds and The Amsterdam Dungeon, make sure to purchase your tickets online as the combination tickets offered on Madametussauds.com save you a lot of money! There are also combination tickets available with for instance a canal cruise included.
|Adult (16+)||€ 24,50 at the entrance|
|Adult (16+) online||€ 16,- || € 20,50|
|Child (5 – 15)||€ 20,- at the entrance|
|Child (5 – 15) after 3 pm entry (online reservation mandatory)||€ 12,- || €16,-|
|Child (0 – 4)||free entrance|
Address, contact information and route to the museum
The museum is located at the famous Dam squire. The picture with the lions and the three crosses show you the entrance of Madame Tussauds-Wax Museum-Amsterdam. The building is located on the middle edge of the Dam squire. The building is easy to recognize by the big wax statue above the entrance, and by the – two biggest (5 meters/ 18 feet) wax statues of the world – on the front of the building.
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam on the map
The easiest way to navigate yourself to the museum is via Amsterdam Central. From Amsterdam Central there are many public transport options. From all the stops on Dam (squire) it will take you a 1 minute walk to the entrance on the Dam (squire). Since the museum is very close to Amsterdam Central Station, many people choice to make a 10 minute walk towards the Dam (squire).
From Amsterdam Central Station:
- Tram 4, heading to Drentepark, stop the Dam.
- Tram 9, heading to Diemen (Sniep), stop the Dam.
- Tram 16 or 24 heading to De Boelelaan/VU, stop the Dam.
From serveral other locations you can get to the Dam. With the public transport planner below you can sort your trip in a few minutes. It helps you to find accurate advice for the real-time travel times based on your current location. This application will help you when you are not sure which bus or tram you can take from your location.
Meet at least the following list of famous people in Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
This list below provides you a sneak preview of some of the celebrities that you can expect to meet. This is not the entire list of celebrities that you will meet in Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Amsterdam. Note: The wax figures in all the Madame Tussuads around the world were made taller and prettier than people they were supposed to represent.
|Artists and painters||Mondriaan, Herman Brood, Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Mona Lisa and Da Vinci|
|Actors||Ryan Reynolds (limited time only!), Ryan Gosling, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinson|
|Pop artists||Adele, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Robbie Williams|
|Football stars||Rafael van der Vaart, Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho|
|World leaders||Barack Obama and Angela Merkel|
|DJ’s||Afrojack, Armin van Buuren and Tiësto|
|Fasion||Doutzen Kroes, Kate Moss and Anna Wintour|
|Royals||Princess Beatrix, Queen Maxima and King Willem Alexander|
|Films||E.T., Marilyn Monroe, Princess Fiona and Daniel Craig|
The history of Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
The very first Madame Tussauds Wax Museum was established at London Baker street Bazaar in 1835 by Marie Grosholtz (1761-1850). Later on she was better known as Madame Tussaud. How’s did she succeeded and what happened on for hand that the wax museum is such a popular tourist attraction a small 200 years later in Amsterdam? The schedule provides you an overview that answers these questions.
|1761||Marie Grosholtz (Madame Tussaud) is born in Strasbourg. This city still exist in France at the boarder of Germany.|
|1777||One of the first wax figures is is made by Marie. The famous philosopher and author Francois Voltaire.|
|1780||She becomes an art tutor at the Royal Court in Versailles to the sister of King Louis XVI.|
|1789||Thanks to her experience she gets the task to start reproducing the heads of guillotine victims. Marie gets this task from Dr Curtius and has to move back to Paris.|
|1793||During the France Revolution Marie and her mother get imprisoned in Laforce Prison, which is notorious prison of France. In return of her release and to prove her allegiance to the France Revolution she starts making death masks of executed nobles. Not only nobles but also a mask of her former employers the King and Queen!|
|1794||Luckily the France Revolution ends one year later and Marie inherits Dr Curtius wax exhibition.|
|1795||Another year later Marie get married with Francois Tussaud, who is a French soldier. They have 3 children. Sadly the first daughter dies after her birth. Their next kid is a boy named Joseph (1798) and third one is Francois (1800).|
|1802||Together with Marie’s eldest son Joseph she leaves Franse to exhibit her collection of wax figures in England. She starts with the her first exposition in the Lyceum Theatre. She continues with other expositions through England. As well she is travels to Ireland and Scotland. Her traveling and producing wax figures goes on for the next 33 years.|
|1835||Marie, better known as Madame Tussaud starts with her two sons a base in at The Baker Street Bazaar in London.|
|1846||The young Punch Magazine (famous of coining the name cartoon between 1840-1850) coins the name Chamber Of Horrors for one of the rooms of Madame Tussaud. This was the room that showed the horror story of the France Revolution.|
|1850||The year that Madame Tussaud dies and she leaves her entire exposition to Joseph and Francois.|
|1884||Under control of Joseph Randall Tussauds, the eldest son of Marie’s son Francois, the entire exposition is moved to the current location of Madame Tussauds London.|
|1925||A fire causes a devastated result for the Madame Tussaud attraction.|
|1928||It takes 3 years for the restoration, but there is also a added an cinema and restaurant.|
|1940||With one of the many bombings in London during the World War II Madame Tussauds did get enormously damaged. In total there were 352 wax figures molted, and there was not much left of the cinema.|
|1972||The world second first Madame Tussauds Opens in Amsterdam in the Peek & Clopenburg building.|
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I found the museum rather small. However the kids (11 nad 13) loved taking selfies with the celebs. The statues look like exact copies of the celebs!
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