COVID19 Update

As part of the most recent updates to the containment plan for the Covid-19 coronavirus we have been advised by the Australian Government to temporarily close Madame Tussauds Sydney. The move is consistent with the closure of other venues and postponement of events in order to prevent further outbreak. The closure is effective across all Merlin attractions in Australia as of midday on 23rd March, 2020.  Meanwhile, rest assured, our staff will continue to feed, care for and provide enrichment opportunities for the animals in our care and our wax figures will no doubt keep each other company until we re-open.

To be kept up to date on when the attraction is scheduled to re-open, please come back and visit our website and if you have already purchased tickets to our attraction, you may use these tickets for any future date through to December 31, 2020. We look forward to delivering memorable experiences again soon.

If you have any queries on existing bookings please contact: DH.POS@merlinentertainments.com.au

Behind-the-Scenes

Behind-the-Scenes at Madame Tussauds Sydney

Making wax figures is a labour of love. Over 800 hours of painstaking moulding, measuring, painting and sculpting goes into making each figure.

Our Artists

We have a small army of highly trained wax sculptors who can replicate a Hollywood A-Lister or world leader so exactly that you’ll believe that you are face to face with a real person. You’ll find yourself saying sorry to someone for nearly bumping into them, before realising it’s a wax figure of Penelope Cruz or Johnny Depp. That’s the skill of our sculptors. The big question though, is how do they do it?

The Process

Firstly, the subject is invited in for a sitting where detailed measurements and photos are taken. If the personality is unable to come in person, or is a historical figure like Albert Einstein, the sculptor has to work from existing photos. It’s a precise job - more than 250 precise measurements and photos are needed before work on the figure can begin. On this page you’ll follow Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood superstar, from sitting to finished figure.

The sculptors use the measurements and photos to make a clay model of the head. Next they make a metal skeleton of the body to which they add clay in the shape of the body. Because wax shrinks, all figures are made 2% larger than the actual celebrities they are portraying. Moulds are then made of the head and body – the head and body are made separately. A hot wax mixture is poured into the moulds then left to cool and harden

Once the wax is ready, it’s time for hair and make-up. There is no quick way of fixing hair onto a wax figure - each strand has to be inserted individually and the job usually takes around five weeks. Next, teeth and eyes are added before the figure is coloured using oil based paint. The paint has to be applied in layers to create a realistic skin colour and texture

Finally, hundreds of hours after the initial sitting, its show time for the finished figure here at Madame Tussauds.

And before you ask, all celebrities’ vital statistics are kept secret! We are inundated with requests from the public and the media but we haven’t leaked any yet. Our lips are sealed.

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