Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bub & Me: Madame Tussauds Singapore, Sentosa - A First Look

We had a family day out yesterday at Sentosa {again!} to visit their newest attraction - Madame Tussauds Singapore - the first wax figure museum in Singapore!! It's only open to public next weekend on Sat 25 Oct 2014 but we had an exclusive first look.

My aunt and her family lives in London and when we were younger, we flew over a few times to visit them. One of the strongest memories I have of our trips was definitely our visit to Madame Tussauds London. Madame Tussauds has branches in some major cities like New York, Bangkok, Shanghai.. and now Singapore, but London was where it all started in 1835. It contains waxworks of historical & royal figures, film stars, sports stars and infamous murderers {quite scary to me as a kid then!}, and the one in Singapore is although smaller, not much different.

Except that it doesn't have a zone for infamous murderers, phew!!

There are 6 zones inside our local Madame Tussards featuring over 60 iconic wax figures from all over the world - History & Leaders, Sports, Authentic History, Music, Film and A-List Party.

Some of the famous people we met included the Queen, Lady Gaga, David Beckham!! Unfortunately, just the waxworks but you can't really tell from the photos, right?? hehe We'll probably never get to see them in real-life so unless you can photoshop really well, this is the best alternative ever! :P

Our local stars like Stephanie Sun {singer} and Gurmit Singh {actor} were represented at this world-famous attraction too #sgpride

Something exclusive to Madame Tussards Singapore is the Spirit of Singapore, the first ever Madame Tussauds boat ride that travels through a lush tropical garden filled with Singapore's famous icons e.g. Singapore Flyer, F1 Night Race and even an SQ plane. It also highlights our rich multi-cultural society with scenes from a Chinese opera and Malay play but unfortunately, we didn't get to experience it as it was still not ready. Do look out for it when you visit after it officially opens!!

The wax figures are just so life-like you really have to do a second-look to see that they are actually, erm, not real people. The attention to details like the skin tone, eye colour, hair texture, fine lines is just truly amazing.

Do you know that there are more than 250 precise measurements of the head and body taken so the was figure is as accurate as it can be?? Each strand of hair {real human kind, if you must know} is also inserted individually, taking approximately 4 weeks to complete each head.

Lil Pumpkin was really interested in how these wax figures were made and she couldn't fathom how they were not real people! We spent quite some time inside Authentic History zone to satisfy her inquisitive mind as it tells the history of how wax figures are made in London and the life of Madame Tussaud herself.

My mum came with us too and she said that compared to our visit to Madame Tussauds London years ago, their technology and skills have really improved as the wax figures seem even more life-like than she remembered them to be.

Unlike most museums where you can't touch this or that or take photos, Madame Tussauds encourages you to take the photos and there's no ropes or glass barriers preventing you from hugging or maybe even kissing the wax figures to make it really believable that you "met the stars"! Extremely fun for Lil Pumpkin too ;)

Really a high level of trust on their part for the visitors to not ruin the wax figures since apparently, each figure takes a minimum of 3 months to make and costs more than S$300,000! *gulp* 

I can't remember the last time we had so much fun taking so many photos together haha. Some areas have interactive areas and props for you to play around with during the photo-shoots too. Look out for Phua Chu Kang's famous yellow boots & Madonna's walking stick! 

It's very exciting to have this new attraction in Singapore and it's definitely worth a visit, at least once. If you do, share with me your photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, ya? Would love to see which stars you cozied up to! :)

Tips:
  • Early bird promotion is now on. Buy online at their website for S$20/pax tickets that are valid even on weekends and public holidays, until 31 Dec 2014.
  • Nearest Sentosa Express station is Imbiah Station. From there, walk out of the station towards the opposite escalators, and then up to Imbiah Lookout. 
  • No food or drinks sold inside. 
  • There's enough space for strollers, prams and wheelchairs.
  • Friendly staff are around to help you take your photos with your personal cameras. 
  • Avoid peak periods as it will be difficult to take nice photos with the "stars" otherwise due to the crowd, especially at Sports and Music zone where some wax figures are close to one another
  • Don't miss out on 2 special wax figures {Bruce Willis & Serena Williams} at the Gift Shop - just before you leave the attraction!

Madame Tussauds Singapore
40 Imbiah Road, Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa Island
Open daily, 10am - 9pm {last admission at 7.30pm}
Admission: S$30 {adult} and S$20 {child}
Website: http://www.madametussauds.com/Singapore/

Check out the rest of our Bub & Me activities or list of kid-friendly places in Singapore too. Since so many of you ask, matchy-matchy clothes here are from Glitter Glam :) Look out for a special promo for my friends and readers coming soon!

* Disclosure: The event coverage was due to an invitation from Madame Tussauds Singapore. All opinions are my own.

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5 comments:

Sweetday said...

Wow! This sounds fun! Any idea when would the Spirit of Singapore be ready?

Susan said...

I noticed that unlike the other museums, this one is a lot more interactive with props and all. I remember going for it when I was a poly student in Singapore when they were here for an exhibition in World Trade Center and also the one in Hong Kong. But our local version I'd definitely worth a visit.

Stacy said...

Looks fun! But as always, the admission fee ain't cheap sigh. Esp when you're forking out for a whole family.

mail4rosey said...

You got so many great photos!! I can't even pic a favorite, so many of them are so awesome. Those are the best souvenirs (the pictures). :) I haven't ever been, but I agree the attention to detail is amazing.

alissa apel said...

I'd like to stand next to the Madonna one. If you ever get a chance to visit the US the Rock and roll Hall of Fame is cool! It's in Ohio. I've only been there once. They have a ton of realistic stars there like you have pictured. They made Tina Turner look so realistic!