Madame Tussauds Istanbul
Istanbul Madame Tussauds Ticket Price and Opening Hours
Located in Beyoglu, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum displays same-size-as-original wax sculptures of artists, scientists, politicians and notable figures. We can guarantee that you will have a good time in this museum where you will see some familiar faces.
About the Museum
Madame Tussauds Museum in Istanbul has an extensive collection of wax samples. As a cultural attraction centre of our time, the museum offers elaborated wax sculptures.
The museum includes a variety of doppelganger wax sculptures of notable personages such as movie stars, musicians, politicians and scientists. Madame Tussauds helps its visitors feel close to these star figures.
It is good to state that the sculptures are prepared meticulously. For instance, in the preparation of the sculpture of Muslum Gurses, even the scars in his face after a traffic accident in 1978 were taken into consideration. Every sculpture is gone through a serious process of research before they are made.
History of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Madame Tussauds Museum is named after Marie Tussauds, one of the prominent wax artists in 18th century. As a pupil of Dr. Philippe Curtius, Marie made a name for herself with her wax sculptures in a short period of time.
After giving art lectures to the sister of Louis XVI in 1780, Tussaud had to give up her art, and design guillotine and death masks after The French Revolution.
This period of time in her life was an inspiration for her to get started a museum after she moved to London. She displayed her horrific memories of French Revolution by acting, in a gallery she opened in London.
After Madame Tussaud lost her life in 1850, the museum was run by her sons and grandchildren. In 1972, the second branch of the museum was opened in Amsterdam and after a while, other branches in Europe, Asia and America followed. Opened in 2016, Madame Tussauds Museum in Istanbul is 21th branch of the museum.
Sections of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
There are 6 different sections in the museum categorized as Cinema, Sports, Science and Culture, Leaders in History, VIP party and Music.
As the name suggests, music section includes sculptures of famous musicians listened in Turkey and all around the world. There are a lot of sculptures from world-famous stars such as Rihanna, Madonna and Lady Gaga to popular Turkish musicians such as Zeki Muren and Baris Manco. Moreover, Mazhar-Fuat-Ozkan trio (MFO) appears exactly the same with their stage costumes and instruments from the 80s.
Sculptures of notable figures who shaped historical accumulation of humanity are located in Science and Culture section. It involves sculptures of scientists and artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Yasar Kemal. Also, you can see the sculpture of Madame Marie Tussaud, the founder of the museum, in this section.
Sports section includes the sculptures of athletes who made their marks in branches like football, tennis and basketball. Rafael Nadal, Neymar, Lionel Messi and Maria Sharapova are some of the names that you can encounter in this section.
You can visit VIP Party section to join a party with other guest stars. This section includes the stars of cinema and television environment. Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt are some of the examples of Hollywood stars while Kivanc Tatlitug and Beren Saat shine out as the important figures of Turkish cinema.
Leaders in History section includes sculptures of prominent figures who shaped the course of history. You can observe the sculptures of great leaders such as Mehmet the Conqueror and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk with the original-size and realistic details.
If you are interested in cinema, you should definitely visit Cinema section that offers sculptures of famous actors, actresses and directors. This section includes the sculptors of actresses such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Jennifer Lawrence. You can see the sculpture of the famous director Steven Spielberg, as well.
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Madame Tussauds Istanbul Ticket Price 2020
Entrance fee to Madam Tussauds Museum in Istanbul is 75 Turkish Liras. The discounted ticket price for children aged 3-14 is 55 Turkish Liras. Tickets come cheaper when you buy them online. If you buy tickets at the gate, you may have to pay 20% higher.
Ticket prices change frequently according to the season. As of January 3, 2020, when I last updated the article, ticket prices are as above. You can access the official website of the Istanbul Madame Tussauds Museum by clicking this link and check the current ticket prices.
Madame Tussauds Istanbul Opening Hours 2020
You can visit Madame Tussauds Istanbul between 10:00 in the morning and 20:00 in the evening. However, the ticket office closes from 19:00 and no new visitors are received after this time. In addition, children under the age of 14 who have reduced admission status must enter the museum with an adult companion.
Visiting times of museums in Istanbul may change due to events and renovations. Before going to the museum, I suggest you visit the official website of the Madame Tussauds Istanbul and review the latest situation.
How to go?
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Istanbul is based in Grand Pera Mall which is located in Istiklal Street, Beyoglu. You can visit this place through Taksim Square on foot or by taking Nostalgic Tramway.
Written by Serhat Engul