The museum was founded in 1835 by Madame Tussauds herself. Tussauds was a French wax sculptor who emigrated to London. Her talent and knowledge in wax sculpture was inherited from her mother, who was the housekeeper of an artist and sculptor who specialized in wax.
Wax sculptures of historical and famous figures of all kinds can be found around the museum: from famous politicians such as Churchill, Kennedy and even Shimon Peres, through actors and athletes, singers, cultural personalities and other celebrities.
Madame Tussauds is one of London's primary tourist destinations. Different experiences in the museum range from watching and photographing the various wax dolls, through interactive games, to a tour of the horror cellar where you can see figures of criminals and hangmen, executioners and actors to spice up the experience. Photos of important historical events of the city are on display, a train ride and a section where visitors become famous comic dolls.
Some of the characters in the horror cellar were brought from Paris to England by Madame Tussauds herself in the early 19th century.