Prague, Czech Republic – On Friday, the famous London-born wax figure museum Madame Tussauds opened a new branch in Prague, the first of the kind in Central and Eastern Europe.
As of this week, visitors will be able to wonder (and probably take a couple of selfies along the way) in front of 40 wax figures, from famous actors and celebrities like Jim Carrey, George Clooney, Bruce Willis or David Beckham to historical and mythical figures of the Czech Republic, such as Charles IV, Jan Hus, Vaclav Havel, Franz Kafka or Tomas Garrigue Masaryk.
The opening of the new museum was made possible by a licence and franchise agreement struck between the Czech Wax Museum Prague, which has been operating in Celetna street, close to Old Town Square, since 1997, and Madame Tussauds’ operator Merlin Entertainments.
Staff of the Wax Museum in Prague reportedly had to undergo specific training and courses at Madame Tussauds museums as part of the deal. “Madame Tussauds is a world-class brand and virtually everyone knows it. Naturally, both the exact design of the exhibits and the museum’s interior correspond to this brand”, Zdeněk Kočík, head of the Wax Museum Prague, told the Czech News Agency.
Apart from its original London museum, Madame Tussauds currently boasts around two dozen museums around the world, including half a dozen in the U.S., several ones in European cities like Amsterdam, Berlin and Vienna, as well as half-way across the world in Beijing, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Delhi, Shanghai, Tokyo or Bangkok.
Open every day, the basic entrance fee for the Madame Tussauds wax museum in Prague is 290 Kc (around 11-12 euros).