Have a picture taken with Lady Di!! As it houses all British Royalty as well as writers, leaders, cartoon characters, singers, etc. They are real-sized and are very detailed. It's horror area can be avoid if you don't dare to enter!!
I visited the wax museum for the first time during Victoria's "Be A Tourist In Your Home Town" promotional event in March of 2008. Although it was very busy and you couldn't move at your own pace, I thought the exhibits were interesting.
Because this is the Royal London Wax Museum, a large portion of the museum's wax figures are of British royalty or British historical figures, however, even if you're not interested in British history, you'll probably recognize a lot of the faces. And even then, a large portion of the figures aren't British at all.
You'll see (in no particular order):
- Queen Elizabeth (both elderly and younger)
- Princess Diana
- Prince William
- Prince Charles
- Captain George Vancouver
- James Cook
- William Shakespeare
- Jean Chretien
- George W Bush
- Martin Luther King
- The recreation of Leondardo Da Vinci's Last Supper
When you walk downstairs you can enter the horrific torture chamber section of the wax museum (not recommended for young children or the faint of heart), or you can bypass it and head directly into a storybook land where there are wax figures of fairytales such as Alice in Wonderland and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. If you opt for the torture chamber, you head into a darkly lit area of the museum and afterwards it spits you back out into the Snow White exhibit, which is strangely hilarious after being in such a gruesome place.
Would I recommend the wax museum as a must see? Not necessarily, unless you have young kids with you or unless you're a fan of wax museums.
I do, however, like the selection of British candies they sell in the gift shop once you exit, although you don't even have to visit the museum to enter the gift shop.
The Royal London Wax Museum is home to more than 300 wax figurines, all created in England. Walk through the galleries and see realistic recreations of celebrities, royalty and politicians. When I visited as a child there was also a "Chamber of Horrors" - does anyone know if that exhibit still exists? If so, it may not be appropriate for young children!
The Wax Museum is located right downtown, in the former Canadian Pacific Railway station. It's a beautiful building and it's right in the heart of the action.
Over 3000 wax figures occupy the beautiful former Victoria steamship terminal. It includes members of the British royal family, famous Canadians, Hollywood stars, famous international dignitaries, and a Chamber of Horrors. Note on the chamber of horrors: it scared me when I was a little kid. The wax technique was brought to the museum by Madame Toussards so they are of a high quality. I think that it's worth the $9 Cdn (2005) that you pay.
The horror section is especially well-done. However, the characters don't always look so much like the real person so in that respect it is slightly disappointing. Still it's not too expensive so it's worth having a look.
My first time ever to a wax museum, it wasn't my idea to go and I was sure I wouldn't like it. Having said that it was really interesting to see the incredibly realistic wax figures on display there. They also had replicas of the crown jewels but having seen the real crown jewels at the tower of london these were second rate. The chamber of horrors was frightening for sure. The narrated last supper display was my favorite ( based on leonardo DaVinci's famous painting) with a wax figure of old Leo in the corner presiding over this wax masterpiece. Last stop the gift shop. Wow, they have imported english candy . Cadbury bars from England really do taste better you know. Fun for the whole family .Maybe think about skipping the chamber of horrors for the little ones ( under 10 or so).
Royal London Wax Museum ( oui oui! LOL)
A magical experience awaits where you will come face to face with over 300 figures from history and fantasy, displayed in authentic costumes and theatrical scenes.
From Diana, Princess of Whales to Anne of Green Gables, Martin Luther King to the Wizard of Oz, Henry VIII to the Queen Elizabeth.
Many travellers seem to enjoy going to the Madame Tousards wax museum in downtown Victoria.
I haven't been yet, but assume that it is like all other wax museums in that it has wax figures of various famous people.
I wasn't really impressed by this museum. If you don't have much time to explore the city of Victoria, I would suggest to skip it.
A place that will amazed you.. It seems as though you are meeting someone in person. From the early princes and princesses to biblical characters to world famous scientest.
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