Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum carries an international tradition one step further. The art of wax portraiture goes back to ancient Egypt. It was also known in early Greece and Rome. The first wax museum as we know them was Madame Tussauds in
London, established in the middle of last century.
In August of 1885 Bernhard Olsen, previously director of the Tivoli
Garden opened the first Danish Wax Museum with the grandiose name "Scandinavian Panoptikon". It became an immidiate hit with most of the capitals 235.000 inhabitants and remained so for more than twenty years. In 1906 it closed its doors as other attractions claimed the interest of the public. Today, almost one hundered years later, the interest in wax museums all over the world is keener than ever.
Louis Tussaud's opened in Copenhagen in 1974 in the impressive building originally built as an arts and crafts museum and within short time it became one of the most popular attractions for tourists and Copenhageners alike.
The Making of a Wax Figure
After a thorough research and study the subject's head is modelled in clay.
A piece mould is made from plaster, then removed from the clay.
Hands closely resembeling the subjects are cast from life.
The mould is removed from the wax, section by section. Glass eyes are fitted and human hair inserted strand by strand.
A base colour is applied, followed by a final tinting process reproducing the many subtle variations found in a face.
The body and limbs are made from fiberglass, assembled with the head and the hands and suitably costumed it is ready to be placed in the museum.