Review: Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Sydney | Experience Oz + NZ

Madame Tussauds Sydney Review

One of Sydney’s popular tourist attractions on the waters of Darling Harbour, Madame Tussauds Sydney, follows in the footsteps of its sister museums all around the world.

Showcasing a range of life size and life-like wax figures depicting scenes and mimicking some of the world’s most recognisable figures from historians and world leaders to sports stars and pop stars. Experience Oz paid a visit to the Sydney leg of this world icon and it proved to be a lot of fun.

Entering with a light blanket of scepticism, our early morning arrival to the attractions meant we had the museum all to ourselves. The first scenario we went through depicted that of some of the world’s most iconic historians; enter the infamous outlaw Ned Kelly.

With blurbs outlining who these figures are and what they have achieved to be given a spot in this illustrious museum, the visit acted as an educational visit in conjunction with its entertainment purposes.

The room of world leaders is something of a political enthusiasts’ dream, with Barack Obama standing gleefully in the corner, Mahatma Gandhi in the centre, flanked by the Queen of England and her kin the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, Australia’s first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and former Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke. In a room filled with so much power and knowledge, it felt as though we entered some sort of secret meeting of leaders both present and past.

Moving through to the next room we were greeted with victorious music and some familiar faces. A room full of athletes and sports stars that are usually reserved for the Olympic Athlete’s Village, however, these life size depictions weren’t training or chatting.

Showcasing some of Australia’s much-loved athletes including Lleyton Hewitt, Greg Inglis and Tim Cahill, Olympians Cathy Freeman, Ian Thorpe and Sally Pearson as well as international stars Jonah Lomu and Sun Mingming.

With interactive exhibits to test your own skills, this display is both exciting as you can go face-to-[wax]face with some of your favourite sports stars and challenging as you can trial your agility and strength against some of these world famous athletes.

The next phase of the journey was the pop star era. Musicians and singers have stepped to the forefront of our lives and now one of the main exhibits of the wax museum.

Making many dreams come true, you’ll be able to strum a guitar next to Taylor Swift, show off your moves with Michael Jackson, swoon at the feet of Justin Bieber, jam with the likes of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence and even pose next to Australia’s golden girl, Kylie Minogue.

The Music room is what dreams are made of and some of the figures are so uncanny you could even fool a few friends into thinking you actually met some of these stars on your trip to Sydney – I know I did.

For all of those Aussies visiting the museum, the Aussie icon section is sure to put a smile on your face. You can see the likes of Slim Dusty, Dame Edna, the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Steve Irwin and Home and Away character Alf Stewart.

Moving across the waters, some of Hollywood’s biggest names have made Sydney their home including Ryan Gosling, Johnny Depp, Leonardo Dicaprio, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Oprah and Ricky Martin.

We can’t forget about the famed movie characters from Marvel’s X-Men and Ironman to the Aussie favourite, Mad Max as well as a loved E.T., there really is something to suit all ages.

The photo opportunities are plenty in the museum so make sure you clear up some space on your camera before your visit. It’s not all about admiring the figures, there is also an exhibit showing how these intricate and detailed figures are made.

As a local who has never before visited Madame Tussauds Sydney, I was pleasantly surprised and had a great time. Despite the hype and popularity of it amongst international visitors, the museum itself is an incredibly enjoyable experience.

We walked away with a new appreciation for the work that goes in to creating these incredible figures and a new camera roll filled with some great celebrity selfies, it seems that Darling Harbour is definitely the best place to go celebrity spotting.

Prices

  • Child (4-15yrs) $25.20
  • Adult $36
  • Family (2A + 2C) $80.10

In addition, for you’re looking for things to see and do in and around Sydney, be sure to check out our catalogue. We have a range of tours, activities and attractions available for you to enjoy around this beautiful part of Australia.

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