Among them, though, there is just a couple known to almost everyone. The wax museum founded by Madame Tussaud is certainly one of them. It often comes as a shock to Londoners that Madam Tussaud wax museum is one the capital's top tourist attractions. Many find this museum gruesome and frightening. Others maintain that its collection of wax statues has no artistic merit. Some even point out that the waxworks are simply a Parisian invention, transported to London by the establishment founder, Madame Tussaud. Yet, despite these criticisms, Madame Tussaud wax museum has become a world famous institution. Millions of visitors from overseas and from other parts of Britain would not consider their trip to the capital worthwhile without a stop at the unusual waxwork exhibition in Marylebone Road. The exhibition consists of series of halls: such as the Conservatory, where visitors can view life-size wax models of sport, film and TV personalities; the 'Super Stars' hall, where a number of popular people are embodied and presented; the Grand Hall, peopled by historical, political, military and royal figures; and the Chamber of Horrors, where terrifying scenes follow terrifying scenes: there are models illustrating methods of execution. Just a year ago the museum opened a new show 'Air Guitar Star' starring The Darkness' Justin Hawkins. And that's not it! More new interactive attractions have been opened; In 'Divas', starring Beyonce, Britney and Kylie, guests are taught dance moves and perform on stage with feedback on their performance from Beyonce via video link.
Another worldly known museum is the Russian Imperial Wax Museum. It is the largest exhibition of wax figures in Russia, headquartered in the National Museum of Art and Culture of St. Petersburg, Russia. The craftsmen of the wax museum have dedicated their careers to preserving imperial Russia's past through the creation of likenesses. The wax museum of Russia exhibits historically important figures, including Ivan the Terrible, Peter I, Nikolai II and other royals. The wax museum also possesses exclusive patented technology for building figures which results in incredibly lifelike creations, and work with the best sculptors in Russia. A specially patented wax for making figures, created by the Russian engineers-chemists with the support of a government program of applied chemistry, specifically for the Russian Imperial Wax Museum is used by the sculptors of the museum. All this is naturally reflected in more than 500 figures, which have been manufactured based on different themes, including: History of Russia, History of the USSR, Guinness Book of World Records, Unique people (deviation of the body), Movie heroes, Movie stars, Political figures, Palace of Horrors and many more.
The American largest wax museum is the wax museum of Movieland. The museum gives the public a chance to walk within inches of realistic wax figures of famous Hollywood movie stars, to look them in their incredibly lifelike eyes, and to view some extremely handsome sets. You can walk within inches of the Tom Selleck figure, and still almost expect him to move. The likenesses of George Burns, Laurel & Hardy and William Shatner are all exceptional works of art. The most recent new additions to Movieland's roster of stars are twins Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liza Minnelli, John Lennon, Jennifer Lopez, Robi Williams, Keanu Reeves, Julia Roberts, Britney Spears, Jim Carrey and Ricky Martin, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, Donny & Marie Osmond, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Jackie Chan. The museum has also a section for pop music stars, featuring Michael Jackson (backed by an endless screening of his videos), as well as new figures of Billy Ray Cyrus and Madonna. Still more recent additions to Movieland include Whoopi Goldberg (dressed as a nun from "Sister Act"), Sylvester Stallone (as "Rocky"), Arnold Schwarzenegger (from "Terminator II"), Tom Cruise (from "Far & Away"), Michael J. Fox (from "Back to the Future"), Eddie Murphy (from "Beverly Hills Cop"), Julia Roberts (from "Pretty Woman"), Bette Midler, LeVar Burton, Chuck Norris, Elvira, Mr. T, wrestler Hulk Hogan, Roseanne and the cast of "Green Acres" (Eva Gabor, Eddie Albert and Arnold the Pig).
So, in any way, the wax museum is the right place to go. And no matter what type it is, the wax museum will open you the road to learning about famous people from different countries, epochs, of different backgrounds and about the fields they became famous in.