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Wikipedia Description: Madame Tussauds
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Madame Tussauds is a famous wax museum in London with branches in a number of major cities. It was set up by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud.
Marie Tussaud (1761–1850) was born Marie Grosholtz in Strasbourg, France. Her mother worked as a housekeeper for Dr. Philippe Curtius, who was a physician skilled in wax modelling. Curtius taught Tussaud the art of wax modelling. In 1765, Curtius made a waxwork of Marie-Jeanne du Barry, Louis XV's mistress. A cast of that mould is the oldest work currently on display. The first exhibition of Curtius' waxworks was shown in 1770, and attracted a large audience. The exhibition moved to the Palais Royal in Paris in 1776. He opened a second location on Boulevard du Temple in 1782, the "Caverne des Grands Voleurs", a precursor to the later Chamber of Horrors.
Tussaud created her first wax figure, of Voltaire, in 1777. Other famous people she modelled at that time include Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Benjamin Franklin. During the French Revolution she modelled many prominent victims. In her memoirs she claims that she would search through corpses to find the decapitated heads of executed citizens, from which she would make death masks. When Curtius died in 1794, he left his collection of waxworks to Marie. In 1802, she went to London. As a result of the Franco-English war, she was unable to return to France, so she travelled throughout Great Britain and Ireland exhibiting her collection. For a time, it was displayed at the Lyceum Theatre. She established her first permanent exhibition on Baker Street in London in 1835 (on the "Baker Street Bazaar").
One of the main attractions of her museum was the Chamber of Horrors. This part of the exhibition included victims of the French Revolution and newly created figures of murderers and other criminals. The name is often credited to a contributor to Punch in 1845, but Marie appears to have originated it herself, using it ...More...
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2020_06_03A7_Tussauds: DC -- Penn Qtr -- Madame Tussauds Washington DC (1001 F St NW) (1 photos from 06/03/2020)
2013_DC_Tussauds3: DC -- Penn Qtr -- Madame Tussauds Washington DC (1001 F St NW) (2 of 2) -- Everything else (187 photos from 2013)
2013_DC_Tussauds: DC -- Penn Qtr -- Madame Tussauds Washington DC (1001 F St NW) (1 of 2) -- Presidential Section (205 photos from 2013)
2009_DC_Tussauds: DC -- Penn Qtr -- Madame Tussauds Washington DC (1001 F St NW) (3 photos from 2009)
2008_DC_Tussauds: DC -- Penn Qtr -- Madame Tussauds Washington DC (1001 F St NW) (352 photos from 2008)
2007_DC_Tussauds: DC -- Penn Qtr -- Madame Tussauds Washington DC (1001 F St NW) (1 photos from 2007)
2006_DC_Tussauds: DC -- Penn Qtr -- Madame Tussauds Washington DC (1001 F St NW) (1 photos from 2006)
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2020 photos: The year is too new to have anything to report. The Covid-19 disaster cut off most events here in DC after March 11 and even cut off going outside after awhile. Here's hoping honesty and integrity wins for a change this November.
Partially Reviewed: Rough draft. I've gone through these pictures once, removing the worst ones, some duplication, etc. I usually take sequences of 4 or 5 pictures at a time and there are lots of near duplicates. I'll be doing a final review later which will cull the pictures down some. To be honest though, I'm way behind on doing final reviews.