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India’s first and world’s 23rd Madame Tussauds opens in Delhi

Friday, December 1, 2017, 18:00 Hrs  [IST]
P Krishna Kumar | New Delhi

After two years’ of announcing its India foray, Merlin Entertainments, world’s second largest entertainment and visitor attractions company, has opened their first wax statue museum, Madame Tussauds, in Delhi. Situated at Delhi’s prime central business district, Connaught Place, and housed in the iconic Regal Cinema building, Madame Tussauds Delhi opened with 50 wax figures specially curated to charm both local and international visitors.

Divided into five zones – Films, Sports, Music, Party, and Leaders, Madame Tussauds Delhi has a fine mix of international and national figures in all these zones to give quite an experiential tour of the museum and click selfies with the legends. In order to give a local touch, the display starts around Delhi’s iconic Chandni Chowk with most lively wax figure of Bollywood super star, Salman Khan on a cycle rickshaw. The winding corridors of the gallery take the visitors to each theme area with surprises galore at each turn. The prominent wax figures that adorn the Madame Tussauds include that of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, former President, APJ Abdul Kalam, Sports legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Olympian Usain Bolt, English footballer, David Becham, Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi, Indian Boxer, Mary Com, Music legends like Asha Bhosle, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, among others.  

According to Anshul Jain, General Manager and Director, Merlin Entertainments India, the museum can accommodate up to 500 people at a time, with an expected footfall of 2,500 visitors per day. While the Museum will be open from 10 am to 7.30 pm, Jain said that they are open to extend the timings on special group requests.
 
Madame Tussauds Delhi is the 23rd Madame Tussauds in the world and is a big attraction with visitors in each destination, Jain said. Around 550 million people have visited Madame Tussauds around the world. Jain said that Madame Tussauds are quite popular with Indian visitors to destinations like London, Bangkok and Singapore ranging between 20 to 50% of visitors. “Around 25 lac people visit our London museum annually, that shows how popular these museums are with tourists,” he said. The museum is designed in such a way to offer complete package of experience to visitors including the selfie experience, games experience and wax experience, he added.

“We will have special packages for schools, big groups, birthday parties, kitty parties, etc.” he said.

Commenting on the entry ticket rates, Jain said that the online offer of INR 860 per person (INR 2900 per family of four) is cheaper compared to the entry fee at other international destinations like London. In London, every ticket costs GBP 32, he added. “The experience we are offering is truly international at one-third of the price,” he stated.

 
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