This wax museum has made its way across the globe since the 1800s. With its displays of uncanny doppelgangers to celebrities, politicians, musicians, sportspeople, and international figures, I was rather excited to visit Madame Tussauds Singapore. (I say this despite my prone to the creeps when it comes to wax figures)
Sharing the same building as the Images of Singapore, the museum sits atop Imbiah Hill, Sentosa. Val decided to join me this time.
After a winding entrance, we entered the chamber of the political figures, greeted by the first president of Singapore – also known as the Yang di-Pertuan Negara – Yusof Ishak. Down the entrance passage, we came to a circular room showcasing local and international political figures and leaders (including the late Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kuan Yew). Designed very much like a top-secret meeting room, Val and I had a good time meeting some of the most admirable people in the world.
The exhibition later segued into a sports locker room, with Beckham in the middle of a crunch, looking perplexed. Regional and International sports stars like Fandi, Yao Ming, and Ronaldo (the Cristiano version) were featured here.
Sports then gave way to television, music, and film, where staples like Brangelina, Jackie Chan, Amitabh Bachchan, Audrey Hepburn, and even ET were mixed with our local faces. While many of these figures were set up for selfies and photo opportunities, dedicated photography areas were peppered through the museum as well.
So I got this pic of myself and Arnie.
While smaller than I’d expected, it was understandable considering space constraints. What I appreciated the most was how transparent and hands-on the whole process of putting the museum together was.
With an entire section on how each wax figure came to life, as well as the chance to engage and create our own wax hands, it shortened the distance between us, the people behind the exhibitions, and the people featured in the exhibitions. Perhaps Madame Tussauds has gone beyond just showcasing people of the world, across genres and demographic.
Instead, I felt that it now shows us that regardless, we are still human – our characters crafted, influenced, and developed by and with each other.
Madame Tussauds Singapore is located on Sentosa Island (nearest monorail station: Imbiah), sharing a building with the Images of Singapore. For more information, click here.