The undisputed grand-dame of Wax Museums has got to be Madame Tussaud's. Having a history that spans from the 1780's the museum has morphed itself into an interactive "wax attractions" attempting to shed the perceived negative stigma of being a museum (though I've never personally understood what's wrong with museums, especially seeing as though the Themed Entertainment Association figured an estimated 106,000,000 people visited the world's top 20 "museums" last year alone!)
With that all said, Madame Tusssauds (they dropped the apostrophe after the acquisition of the museums parent company, The Tussaud Group, by Merlin Entertainments) has now/plans to expand aggressively. This map represents Madame Tussauds current locations (with Orlando, Florida and Chongqing, China presently under construction). The museum chain will continue it's global expansion with no signs of slowing down and already has several possible international locations being considered. But until they're confirmed (or denied) we'll just have to use our imagination of what a Madame Tussauds South Korea, Toronto or Chicago would be like and settle for a visit to the real deal in any of these (almost) 20 world cities!
(and across time)
1835 - The First Permanent Madame Tussaud's & Son's Exhibition located on the second floor of the Baker Street Bazaar, London.
1884 - twenty-four years after the death of the museums founderess, Madame Marie Tussaud, the exhibition moved to the current site on Marylebone Road, London.
1925- A great fire destroys the exhibition. Luckily, many of the priceless molds were stored in the basement of the building and survived.
1928 - The exhibition reopens in a newly rebuilt building Though it lacks many of the grandiose features of the previous museum it does eventually install a restaurant and cinema. During the Second World War the Cinema was destroyed and was eventually replaced with the London Planetarium.
1973 - Madame Tussaud's purchases Wookey Hole and uses the former paper mill as a storeroom for the priceless molds and opens several attractions, including a recreation of what Madame Tussaud's Exhibition looks like as she traveled the English Isles for 33 years! (The attraction would later be closed and the property sold off)
1978 - Tussaud's purchases Warwick Castle, in Staffordshire, and over time develops several important recreations and exhibitions many of which use Madame Tussaud wax figures.
1982 - Madame Tussaud's Limited creates an original exhibition at the Windsor & EEton Central Railway Station called Royalty & Empire: Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (the exhibit would close in the 1990's)
1989 - Rock Circus opens in the heart of London's Piccadilly Circus and features dozens of Rock n' Roll legends recreated in both wax and life-like robots (The attractions would later close)
1991 - Madame Tussaud's Amsterdam moves from it's original location to the heart of the cities famous Dam Square.
1997 - Madame Tussaud's begins an international Touring Exhibition in Melbourne, Australia.
2000 - Opening in the heart of New York's Times Square, this museum featured 85,000sq ft of interactive wax exhibits.
2000 - After three years of traveling over thousands of miles, the Tussaud's Traveling Exhibition makes Hong Kong's famous Peak Tower it's permanent home.
2002 - After the Tussaud Groups purchase of the Heide Park theme park, in Soltau, Germany, the company sets up a limited-time exhibition called 'Rock & Pop'. The exhibited featured many of the best exhibits from London's closed 'Rock Circus'.