Visit Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

Stroll through the galleries of Amsterdam’s Madame Tussauds Museum and contemplate the wax statues of the greatest celebrities of our time and of the past.

The Madame Tussauds scenerama in Amsterdam is a replica of the museum of the same name created in London in 1835 by Marie Tussauds (1761-1850), creator of wax statues. Royal personalities, political leaders, actors, singers and other world celebrities are statuformed for the pleasure of all, but especially for children and teenagers.

The history of Madame Tussauds

Created in 1970 on Dam Square in the Dutch capital, Madame Tussauds was the first Dutch museum to be exported from England outside London.

Marie Tussauds, born Marie Grosholtz in Strasbourg in 1761, was orphaned by a soldier father who fell in the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763). When she was born, her mother took her to Bern (Switzerland), where she worked as a maid for Philippe Curtius, a physician, physicist and wax sculptor.

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

Based in Paris, it was he who taught Marie Tussauds how to create wax portraits. Talented, she created portraits of Voltaire in 1777, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Benjamin Franklin in 1778. From the French Revolution to the Terror until 1799, she produced numerous portraits of famous personalities, including Napoleon.

Sentenced to death during the Revolution, she escaped the guillotine thanks to the intervention of painter Jean-Louis David (1748-1825). She went on to create a series of wax death masks of people who had been guillotined (Marie-Antoinette, Marat, Robespierre, etc.).

Marie Tussauds moved to London in 1802, but it was much later, in 1835, that she created a permanent exhibition in London’s Baker Street, featuring wax portraits of criminals and guillotined victims of the Revolution in the « Chamber of Horrors ».

By the time of his death in 1850, Madame Tussauds’ collection numbered over 400 wax creations.

Madame Tussauds Museum in Amsterdam, tour presentation

A visit to Madame Tussauds allows you to rediscover the history of Amsterdam and Holland, including the Golden Age, through the many statues and wax objects in the Peek & Clopenburg building.

Visitors then enter a room featuring wax statues of numerous world-famous personalities, whose silhouettes have been modified and embellished for the viewer.

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

At Amsterdam’s Madame Tussauds museum, take your photo in the Pop Idols Experience and Models room, alongside internationally renowned artists such as Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and many other stars of our time: Pierce Brosnan, Nicolas Cage, Marylin Monroe, George Clooney, Mel Gibson or Antony Hopkins…

You’ll also find an emaciated Albert Einstein or Charlie Chaplin’s famous fictional character, Charlie Chaplin.

As you continue your visit, take photos of wax models of historical and political figures such as Barack Obama, Anne Frank, the Dalai Lama, Hu Jintao, Nelson Mandela, George W. Bush, Mahatma Gandhi, Jacques Chirac and Lenin.

Or a host of artists: Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt, James Brown, Lenny Kravitz, etc.

The top floor of the building offers a majestic view of Dam Square and Central Station, right in the heart of Amsterdam’s city center.

Some practical information worth knowing

To visit Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam, it’s best to book a ticket in advance, payable online, bearing in mind that a queue-saver ticket is available.

Plan your itinerary and visit times

Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam

Dam 20

1012 NP – Amsterdam

GenerationVoyage has researched the museum’s opening hours for you:

  • High season (June 29 to September 7): open from 7am to 8:30pm,
  • Low season: open from 10am to 6pm,
  • The museum is closed on April 27, January 1 and May 5,
  • The last visit takes place 30 minutes before closing time.

It will be possible to cancel your reservation up to 24 hours in advance with a full refund.

Note also that the visit takes only 70 minutes. Plenty of time for another Amsterdam activity!

Prices and access to Madame Tussauds Museum

Admission is based mainly on age:

  • Adult price: €22,
  • Children aged 5 to 15: €18,
  • Free for children under 4.

If you book your ticket online, you’ll benefit from a significant discount:

  • Adults: €19.50,
  • Children aged 5 to 15: €15.

Opt for an all-inclusive ticket and don’t waste time at the ticket office, just enter the museum as if you were a member of the technical staff!

Once you’ve confirmed your reservation, you’ll receive your ticket by e-mail, so it’s best to print it out to avoid any unexpected problems (lost phone, battery discharge, etc.).

How do I get to Madame Tussauds?

  • On foot: 10 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station,
  • By streetcar: take lines 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 or 25. Get off at the « Dam » stop,
  • By car: the nearest parking lot is at the Bijenkorf shopping center, open 24 hours a day. If fully booked, drive to the P1 parking lot in central Amsterdam (Prins Hendrikkade 20), west of Central Station.