I would visit Madame Tussauds Singapore again and again. Seriously. Why? Well, I was too ‘star struck’ and missed out on striking up meaningful conversations with my family during the media preview last Saturday. Here’s what transpired.
You see, finally! I was so excited that we have our very own installation of the world-class attraction. Walking through the exhibits, any adult would be totally captivated to see legends, celebrities, international icons and political personalities…all in full-scale lifelike wonder. You’ll be amazed at the tremendous effort and skill the Madame Tussauds team put in to replicate each figure – from weaving in the hairs (including the fine stubble) to choosing the colour of the eyeballs, every minor detail has to carefully observed. Which is why Madame Tussauds wax figures are recognised as THE best in the world.
So yes, I was like a child in the candy store. Going from one personality to another, observing them up close to see details of their facial expressions then later standing afar to see their physical features (I was surprised to find how tall Leonardo DiCaprio is and that the media was right about Tom Cruise’s height!). Better still, I was able to ‘meet’ face to face the legends I admire like Elvis, Teresa Teng, Gandhi, Mandela and Her Majesty ‘herself’ the Queen of England. Wow! To be able to get up close with them truly adds another dimension of my appreciation of the impact these famous personalities brought to the world. Now…before I get carried away again.
Elvis is in the house!
Dana sending ET Home – she watched ET on TV recently and was delighted to see it here!
The questions came fast and furious: ‘Daddy, who is this?’, ‘Daddy, why is he dressed like that?’, ‘Daddy, why is he famous?’ Yes, questions from my 6 year-old who barely know any of these personalities (except for Barack Obama, whom she read from a storybook before our NYC trip). But Daddy was too awestruck to engage her. If there were a ‘Hall of Shameful Parents’ there, I would volunteer as wax figure number 1.
From history shakers to movie makers , they are all here. How many can you name?
Madame Tussauds is a wonderful place to bridge that generation gap with your children and to pass on the values learnt through current affairs and historical events. From politics to sports to entertainment, it is a wonderful avenue to let your children have a peek into YOUR world. Tell them the stories of courage, of perseverance, of human strength, of artistic achievements and sports accomplishments etc… Tell them how Mommy and Daddy used to party to the songs of Elvis or Madonna and how Grandpa and Grandma grew up listening to Teresa Teng’s songs.
Dana loves Audrey Hepburn in ‘My Fair Lady’. She’s so happy she could meet her here and if you see the photo on the right carefully, Baby AJ was present too!
Legends whose songs still ring in our hearts…
Practising her Kung Fu moves under the tutelage of the master…
Saying ‘Hasta La Vista’ to Arnie…
Yes…the best contractor in JB, Singapore and some say Batam!
Madame Tussauds started creating wax figures (and death masks) back in the late 1800s. Interestingly, these figures were of French aristocrats which sadly included her ex-employers King Louis XVI and Mary Antoinette, both executed in the French Revolution and whose heads were then given to Madame Tussauds to replicate. The morbid task does have a noble intent – that is , in an age of limited forms of media, for the public to remember them, to recount the experiences learnt from those tumultuous times. Two hundreds years later, the very same intentions are still, surprisingly valid in our world. We may not get to meet these famous personalities ‘live’ but through Madame Tussauds, we are given a chance to re-visit and share with our young the wonderful life stories each possesses. Above that, it is a great attraction for our children to know us better. That’s why I’m going back…this time, I will be more intentional to make the visit count.
(Left) Internal wiring of the Stephanie Sun figure. (Right) Model of Madame Tussauds while she was replicating the head of King Louis XVI.
Wax figures are touched-up daily or whenever needed to maintain their life-like appearance…
Here are Dave’s Survival tips to Madame Tussauds Singapore :
1. Commute: Madame Tussauds is located at the former Images of Singapore building. The closest monorail station is ‘Imbiah Lookout’. If you are driving, there is limited outdoor parking. You’re better off parking at larger car parks (e.g. Beach Station) and using the monorail to get there. For details on how to get there, look it up here.
2. Come early: For such a world-class attraction, expect crowds and queues. At press time, there’s no word on crowd management but I suspect they would probably let people in in batches if that gets too much, which translate to longer queues! We also anticipate queues for The Spirit of Singapore Boat Ride which takes guests on a celebratory journey through Singapore’s most recent historical and cultural landmarks.
3. Crowds: Yes…that word again. Do not expect your photos to have clean crowd-less backgrounds, expect to be photo-bombed so make every selfie/wefie short and swift.
4. Children: Most, if not all the figures are free standing with no barriers. Yes, you can get THAT close. Do manage lively and active children so that they do not touch, topple or damage any of these wax figures which costs $300,000 (each!).
5. Camera: Yes, go with your camera battery fully charged with lots of memory space for photo storage. There are countless photo ops with your favorite stars and respected icons!
6. Conversations: Go prepared to engage your children with loads of meaningful conversations and stories about the exhibits in the 7 themed zones. Devote minimum 2 hours for your visit.
So many stars here…it’s easy to walk around starstruck…
Sensational stars all under one roof. Pick your favourite!
Madame Tussauds Singapore
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Opening Date: 25th October 2014
Opening Times: Daily 10am to 9pm (Last admission 730pm).
Admission: Grab your Early Bird Tickets (valid till 31 Dec 2014) at SGD20 each online.
Children below 3 enter FREE.
Madame Tussauds – a truly world-class venue for the whole family!
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Love Dana’s awesome jump shot beside Jackie Chan. The wax figurines looks so real. We can’t wait to visit soon.
Don’t ask me why but I never felt the urge to visit any of Madame Tussauds museums before, but after looking at your photos, I can’t wait to check it out. Love Dana’s poses, yes, especially the Gung fu one! Thanks for the tips!
Caroline Lee says
Love to visit this place, they look so real for those people not around anymore.
I look to take a pic with our PM LHL!! Since I’ve never get a chance to see the real him in person. 🙂
Irene Fock says
Would love to take pic with Phua Chu Kang!
It will be our girls first time to such attraction, and I think they will be awed! Great poses by Dana. Hope to get a chance to visit soon
Lee Ling says
I would like to take photo with my favourite movie character, E.T.!
I would love to take a pic with ET!
Pam Wong says
I would like to take picture with the father of Singapore! Mr Lee and his wife!!
Hi. I would like to win the tickets to Mdm Tussauds so that i can bring my family there!. It will be the first time visiting any Mdm Tussauds museum!
Angela Tan says
would love to bring the kids there as it is a whole new experience for the kids and us as well
Kathy Woon-Tan says
Name: Kathy Woon-Tan (with Joe, Isaac & Shannon Woon)
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I will introduce my kids to all e famous people .. NOW n THEN
Definitely be taking picture with my all-time favourite star, Audrey Hepburn!!
Please be us!!!! Thanks for e Giveaway 🙂
Adeline k says
I would love to take with huang wenyong! He’s a renowned actor!
ashmika Jain says
Awesome opportunity. Love to click pictures with everyone especially with Nelson Mandela & Mahatma Gandhi..Great Leaders & Peace followers…
Thanks for awesome opportunity..
Sharon Ng says
I would like to take a picture with Mr and Mrs Lee!
Would like to take a photo with Jay Zhou especially as my two boys are fans of his and they are only 3 & 1 years old..his Mine Mine is their favourite song now after I play his CD in the car sometimes back..
Stepahnie Sun, our local pride
Kho Hui Hui says
With Everyone in the Museum.
I want to take a photo with Jay Chou!
Rebecca Sim says
It’ll be an awesome experience for my family to visit Madame Tussauds Museum. Imagine being surrounded by all the stars and legends!
Phyllis Tan says
I would love to take photo with PCK!
Lu Siu Ching says
I want to take a pic with ET!
Lu Siu Ching
Sylvia Agnes says
I will love to take photo with ET hope to in intro this character to my kids!
Serene Leow says
I will like to take a picture with Mr Lee and his wife.
My favourite all-time star Michael Jackson
Joleen Ng says
The wax figurine that I wanted to take a photo with the most is MM Lee and his late wife. I have been to Los Angeles and Hong Kong’s Madame Tussard’s and foreign political figures as well as world famous celebrities I have seen. But what is uniquely Singapore is our important people that helped to rebuild Singapore. None other than MM Lee. Having able to see his wife beside him, makes me feel so happy. You could see how happy this couple was before. Really true endearing love.
Name: Joleen Ng
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(Hope to bring my three boys- Kingsley, Leroy & Jayden)
I would love to take with my fav idol jay Zhou!!
Gordon Ngiam says
I would like to win the tickets and take a photo with Mr Obama.
I would love to take a picture with Elvis, the king of rock!
Suzanna Lim says
I want to ride ET to the moon!
Chuyan Kwek says
The family just caught the show E.T. on channel 5 not long ago which brought back my childhood memories. Hence I’d hope to have a family photo with E.T. 🙂
Thanks for hosting the giveaway.
Jaime chan says
phua chu kang
Michelle Kwok says
I would love to take photo with PCK and LHL! Took 1 with LKY when I was at Hongkong.
Jacelyn Tan says
I want to take with all of them.
Thanks for organizing this. Been to London a few times but never made it in there due to long queues. Now that I have kids of my own, would really love to make it to this one in Singapore with them. 🙂
Seline Bong says
Hope really can win this for my daughter and niece as they will love it to see so many our favourite STARS 🙂
Sonia Yong says
Take my breath away! Tom Cruise !
Joyce Ong says
I will love to win for my 2 princesses n fill their day “celebrities”!!
will love to take a picture with Zoe Tay,she is my idol since my teenage!
Elaine Chang says
Hi, I have never won from your giveaway but this time I really hope to win the tickets to bring my parents to the museum. Hope you can grant my wish.
Name: Elaine Chang
Email: [email protected]
Elaine Chang says
Sorry, I forget to mention that I would like to take a photo with Jackie Chan. Thanks
Gladys Tan says
I want to win. Been to the one at Hong Kong many years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed with my family!
I would love to take a photo with Stephanie Sun.
Sheron Moey says
PCK – fun play play
Evelyn Hu says
I would love to meet elvis !
We would love to have tea with Audrey Hepburn too!
Soo Yee says
Would like to take a photograph with MM Lee and his wife.
ET! Then I can intro him to my kids :p
leow fonteyn says
would love to dress up like Audrey Hepburn with the long cigarette holder..and pile up my hair like her and wear the little black dress …and take a picture with her to share with my sister over in Australia who likes her as well
i would like to take pic with Stephanie
I would love have pictures with Mr and Mrs Lee!
Shermin Gerk says
Definitely hope to have a picture with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, a man who has contributed much to Singapore’s success and one of those ministers who have shaped Singapore the way it is today. Really hope to have an opportunity to visit Madame Tussuads Singapore!
Shirley Yong says
I always thought Madame Tussauds Museums are boring places!! Glad to have read your review on the fun part. I have 1 discounted ticket from SQ. Hope to get to win a set to bring the kids this holiday. Love to take a photo with Singapore’s Father – Mr Lee.
Would love to bring my boys thereto take pictures with Mr and Mrs Lee
Carol Khoh says
I would like to have pictures taken with so many stars in the museum. First and foremost, it will definitely be our beloved Mr. and Mrs Lee KY =)
Thanks for the giveaway!
Jann Tan says
I Would love to take pic with Mr & Mrs Lee as they are such loving couple which is a model example to us…
And also Brad Pitt!! He’s my idol!! 🙂
I want to take a picture with LhL!
adeline tan says
Hope to win the tickets and visit.
Chua Chin Chin says
Chua Chin Chin
Will like to take photo with Jackie Chan. It’s our whole family favorite actor.
Cynthia Lau says
If there is a chance, I’ll let to be there with my mom and take a shot with Theresa Teng, my parents love her songs so much.
jaslyn Chong says
I would like to take pic with MR LEE Kuan Yew
Xgg Chan says
yu ting says
Loves all the pic and feel like going after seeing it.
Jace Koh says
Wow! Thanks for all these great photos!
I went to Madame Tussards Hong Kong before and i never expect we have it in our own country now! Amazing! I love all the wax figures and most of them are certainly alike to the real person! Would love to take picture with our PM Lee and his wife as at Hong Kong, there is only PM Lee, so would love to take with both of them with the lovely background!
Name: Jace Koh ( FB Name: Jacey Gem Koh )
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Christine Rodriguez says
I would love to take a photo with Michael Jackson!
Serene Chen says
i want to take photo with Lee Kuan Yew who is our father of Singapore. It will be a great honour to take photo with him and his wife.
Would love to take a photo with E.T!
Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
Meng Chee says
Thank you for this giveaway. I hope to take a photo with my idol Teresa Teng’s Wax figure.
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Instagram name: MMC237
Phua Chu Kang
Linda Wong says
I would love to take pictures with Michael Jackson and Audrey Hepburn.
Robert Sim says
I would love to take photos with Obama!
Robert Sim says
I would love to take photos with Obama.
Bebe Gi Lee says
Lee Kuan Yew
Gavin Tan says
I would love to take photos with my legendary idol of the centuries – Bruce Lee and others celebrated iconic wax figurines at Madame Tussauds Singapore. I am so glad that we finally own it!
Leong Yee Ming says
Carol Lim says
I wish to take photos with gorgeous-looking Hollywood leading men such as Leonardo diCaprio, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Swooooon!!!
Vincent Chew says
I love to pose with MR AND MRS LEE KWAN YEW!
Name: Vincent Chew
Email: [email protected]
Wendy Tay says
Audrey Hepburn! She’s a classic beauty who is still so mesmerising…
Thanks for the giveaway!
Yang Qinan says
Pick me as winner! I want to bring my family to Madam Tussauds.
I want to take a photo with Cristiano Ronaldo as he is my favourite footballer!
Would love to see n take photo wit the wax of MM Lee and his wife 🙂
Shermin Tay says
I WANT TO GO TOO!! 🙂
The last and also first time i went was the one in shanghai? I was too young to appreciate the wax figures and i don’t really remember the characters i saw. Now, i wanna go and see what we have in singapore’s Madame Tussauds!
Louis Lee says
Mr and Mrs Lee Kwan Yew.
Lim Yin Ping says
Phua Chu Kang!
Lim Yin Ping
Jessie Lee says
I would love to take a picture with our Prime Minister!
Arsheitha Ganesan says
I would like to take photo with Mahatma Gandhi as he is a symbol for world peace and a great person who showed this world that we can attain through non-violence.I always liked his idealiogies.He has been my role model ever since I was a kid and now my daughter too looks at him as her role model.
Chay Hwai says
My Idol Michael Jackson. Miss him dearly.
Missy Grace says
Would love so much to visit the amazing wax museum to take a pictures with the very handsome rock n roll legend Elvis Presley and the very beautiful Teresa Teng. My mom’s idols.
Sheryl Chan says
Dana’s photo with Audrey Hepburn standup most. So awesome 🙂
Kum Ee says
Will love to take a photo with Mr and Mrs Lee!
Cindy Lim says
Love to be there! Can’t Wait!
Toh Pei Lin (Pearlyn) says
Pearlyn Pei Lin
I would love to take photos with our nation pride, Stefanie Sun! 😀 She is someone whom I look up to 🙂
Wynn Yeo says
I would love to bring my mum there for a photo opportunity with Theresa Teng, whom my mum is a fan of, for me, I would like to take photos with as many of them as I can! 🙂
Teo Yee Long says
I want to pose with Jacky Chan!
Teo Yee Long
Joeanne Shim says
Tom Cruise of course!
SARINA LIM says
Marilyn Manroe because we share the same Birth Day!
Neo Gok Keng says
Neo Gok Keng
Our Prime Minister! 🙂
Hong Cher says
I would love to snap a photo with my all-time favourite idol, Michael Jackson
Hui Qi Ashley says
It would the most awesome birthday surprise for my dearest mum if I could bring her to this wax museum and take a photo with her timeless idol, Teresa Teng. <3
Teo Kia Li says
I would like to pose with Jay Chou 🙂
Tia Yiping says
If I can never meet my childhood idol Leonardo Dicaprio in this lifetime, snuggling up to a waxed Leo is the next best thing to happen!!!!
Dorean Tia Yiping
John Teo says
Sun Yanzi and Jay Chou! Love their songs
Teo Han Choo says
Mr and Mrs Lee
Teo Han Choo
Yeo Keng Seng says
Yeo Keng Seng
Would love to take photo with Mr & Mrs Lee Kuan Yew.
Alan Tan says
Michael Jackson, king of pop!
Poh Hong Liang says
Would love to take pictures with Mr and Mrs Lee, Michael Jackson & Phua Chu Kang! =)