Madame Tussauds FINALLY opened in Singapore on Saturday and the very exited me bought the admission tickets as soon as I got wind of their sale. I remember seeing a standee at Bangkok promoting their Madame Tussauds a few years back but didn’t have the chance to go because we wanted to set aside more money for shopping. But deep in my heart I really wanted to tour Madame Tussauds and see how realistic the wax figures are! Thus, needless to say, I was really elated when I first read the news about the opening of Madame Tussauds here. But what took them so long?!
Buying tickets is a breeze . With the Internet these days, you can beat the crowd (expected for new attractions) and just purchase tickets online! PLUS, if you book your tickets 24 hours in advance (valid ’til 31 December 2014), you only need to pay S$20 instead of S$30! Being such a sucker for discounts, I immediately got a pair despite being so broke this week from all the shopping. But twenty bucks is really a steal and worth the awesome experience I had at the wax museum.
The only thing I didn’t like was its location though because on top of the S$20 admission fee, I had to pay S$2 (bus) or S$4 (monorail) just to enter Sentosa -_- So expensive just for a short distance argh *nags incessantly*
I went with my boyfriend and we actually planned to go on the day of opening. But later we realised that there wouldn’t be enough time for us to go around the museum after having to attend my niece’s first birthday party in the afternoon (and going to a Sephora sale event hehe) so we postponed the trip to the following day!
To reach Madame Tussauds, you’d need to take the monorail to Imbiah station and walk to Merlion Plaza where you’d find 3 flights of escalators leading to this white mansion which I can’t really remember what it used to be. I hope those escalators are well-maintained because nobody likes climbing stairs. If you can’t find the escalators, try looking for Lady Gaga:
Greetings from Merlion Plaza
We arrived at about 6pm , 1.5 hours before the time of last entry, and there wasn’t many people waiting to go in. In fact there was no crowd at all! We either came too late or people are avoiding the museum until the resumption of the boat ride or… the museum is under-promoted. If it’s due to the second reason, you will be glad to know that you’d be given free tickets (valid ’til 30 November 2014) to visit the place again! So yup, I paid S$20 for a ticket and got an additional one free! How awesome is that? 😀 And I will definitely go again because there will be more wax figures coming over!
2 + 2 complimentary tickets! And a $10 booklet which we bought for keepsake. There’re also discount vouchers (for your hand cast in wax and photo-taking sessions) inside!
Less talking, more pictures! Most of the photos were taken by Bf 🙂
Sebastian Vettel near the ticketing counter, signalling to you where to go haha.
**Updated on 3 December 2014**
The boat is now available for use! We went back again on the last day of November since we were given a pair of complimentary tickets. Here are some pictures taken during the boat ride.
Singapore Airlines plane
Ferrari! Guess who’s standing beside it?
Lewis Hamilton! Not sure why he’s there though because this area is clearly about Singapore history and its culture!
Some Chinese opera singers
The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Lion dance! It actually moved when the boat was approaching.
Madame Tussauds Singapore is the first to have its own water boat right but honestly, it’s nothing to wow about. The boat went around the quay but there was nothing much to see apart from those in the pictures above. The ride only lasted for less than 5 minutes. Totally not worth the time travelling all the way to Sentosa and the $4 entrance fee 😦
Took this on our second visit!
The Leaders Area comes first after the boat ride!
Former President of Indonesia, Sukarno
China’s Chairman Mao
Do Communist leaders share the same kind of style? Somehow Mao Tse-tung resembles Kim Jong-il here.
The first president of the Republic of Singapore, Yusof bin Ishak. Here’s Bf holding a ten-dollar Singapore note.
Bf suggested to be photographed with a Singapore banknote (which also has the president’s face on it) and then suddenly everyone behind us followed suit when it was their turn. -_- Well… when in Rome, do as the Romans do right? But maybe in a bid to be different, the guy after us (probably a tourist) actually pulled out a bigger note ($50) lol!
So loving: Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew and his late wife, Kua Geok Choo. No matter what people say, LKY is still our founding father 🙂
I wonder if Mr Lee Kuan Yew has personally seen his wife’s wax figure and if he had, how did he react? It’d probably be an emotional moment for him looking at it because everyone knows how much his wife meant to him. Anyway, I thought the figures could do without the tacky flower decorations in the background.
SO realistic it’s scary.
The late President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela
Current President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. I’m like a midget beside him oh myyyy.
Gandhi, the father of the Indian nation
Look over there, ESM Goh!
Up-to-date appearance of Singapore’s ESM Goh Chok Tong
Current Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong
There’s an empty chair beside him which visitors can sit to take a picture BUT the first picture must be taken using the museum’s camera (which is of course chargeable). Why pay when you can take pictures with the real PM Lee himself (at events where he’d attend)? Well, unless you’re a tourist.
Is Queen Elizabeth II really standing there?!?
Moving on to the Sports Area…
I MELT FOR YOU, David Beckham! Kaoz, furrowed brows also so handsome.
I ALSO MELT FOR YOU, Cristiano Ronaldo!
Unlike other football players, Cristiano Ronaldo always look damn well-groomed on the field. His hair stays ALL THE TIME and he doesn’t seem to sweat (a lot). Seriously, how does he do it? What brand of hairspray does he use?!
Our very own footballer, Fandi Ahmad!
I swear I scrutinised and touched those pearly white teeth. Gosh, they really looked and felt real!
The very-tall basketball player, Yao Ming, who dwarfs everyone standing next to him
My angle. So depressing. (There’s a stool for you to stand in front of him)
I know what you’re looking at. Let me help by giving you a close-up:
YES, EVEN THE ARMPIT HAIR!
Talkin’ about 100% precision.
Former Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar
American professional golfer, Tiger Woods
Former American professional boxer, Muhammad Ali
Rudy Hartono, former Indonesian badminton star who is considered to be one of the greatest badminton players of all time!
Table tennis player, Feng Tianwei
Ever wonder who Madame Tussaud (“mah-daym too-sawd”) was?
Madame Marie Tussaud, maker of wax death masks.
Very apt for Halloween.
How wax figures are made
There’s even a live TV studio environment! And guess who’s the host?
Oprah Winfrey! Thanks for inviting me to your show *_*
How about some local TV celebrities?
Our Phua Chu Kang was on set too!
Bf attempting to steal the late Huang Wenyong’s Star Awards trophy!
I don’t get why people are complaining about Huang Wenyong’s “presence” in the museum. I think he deserves a spot in Madame Tussauds for his exemplary achievement in the local TV industry. Don’t be such spoilsports can, you all? Just enjoy the exhibits la!
A not-so-alike figure of Zoe Tay. Also, no sight of screen rival Fann Wong in the museum!
We’re slowly delving into the Film Lot!
The Neo clan. Actually Bf looks a little like Jack Neo here HAHA.
Indian film actor, Amitabh Bachchan. Quite suave ah *_*
Another Bollywood actor.. I hope I get this right because I recorded the wrong description. Hrithik Roshan?
Now, to Hollywood…
E.T. goes home!
Let me give you a ride (haha). Yup, the red coat is available for use!
Sexbomb Marilyn Monroe
The most beautiful actress of all time! Audrey Hepburn. “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s plays in the background only to be disrupted by the Kungfu fist swooshes sound (to simulate Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan which were placed near Audrey Hepburn)
Let me keep you company! Oh btw I just realised she was a heavy smoker and she picked up the habit since she was very young to fight the hunger pangs during wartime. I don’t blame her because smoking wasn’t known to be harmful before the 1970s. And she was reaaaaally tiny.
and Bruce Lee
Take me away on your Harley Davidson, Arnold Schwarzenegger! Then I will say “Hasta la vista baby” to everyone around me 😀
Next, people are gonna love the Music Zone!
The late Michael Jackson
WHO RUN THE WORLD? Beyonce Knowles!
If you like it, then you should put a ring on it?
Love me tender, love me sweet, Elvis Presley!
Hand-painted eyeballs! AMAZING.
Like a virgin, touched for the very first time… by Madonna
The moon represents Teresa Teng
孙燕资 (Stefanie Sun) 听不到
安静。周杰伦在唱歌. Jay Chou
‘Coz like Katy Petty, you’re a firework! Sing even though you know you can’t! Because nobody tells you what to do!
I don’t know about you, but I no longer feel 22, Taylor Swift 😦 Age is catching up. (Godammit she’s really tall and slender)
Let’s now mingle with the hottest celebrities at the A-List Party!
Who are you checking out, Shah Rukh Khan?
Oh, it’s Aishwarya Rai!
Has anyone seen Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscars?
Error 404: Katie Holmes not found in A-List party (because y’know why). And yes, he’s as tall (short) as my Bf! What a shocker :O
Another gorgeous lady on my list! My all-time favourite martial arts actress, Michelle Yeoh!
The extremely-versatile Johnny Depp
New addition! Only saw this on our second visit. Meet Andy Lau. Welcome to Singapore!
This is the closest I can get to him
No A-List party is complete without Brangelina! But I’m sorry, they are going separate ways for the night.
The A-List party is the final stop before the Gift Shop where they are having a Buy-2-Get-1-Free promotion for the $9 keychains! Bf and I bought one each as souvenirs.
With Serena Williams! The gift shop also sells Oscars trophies (they are actually paper weight) priced between $20-$25 each! I’m definitely getting one on my next visit. 😀 And maybe one for Leonardo DiCaprio lol.
Expect more wax figures for more Hollywood celebrities like Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts in Madame Tussauds Singapore!
Some more celebrities not in Madame Tussauds Singapore at the moment: Rihanna, Britney Spears and Victoria Beckham!
And of course, our beloved Kate and Wills who are also not in the museum right now. The Queen is the only British royalty there.
Bruce Willis at the entrance/exit
Even though the entire experience lasted for about 1.5 hours, it was FUN! I was totally amazed by the realism of the sculptures. They are so real that it feels like going to Madame Tussauds is the closest you can get to rubbing shoulders with your idols.
Also not forgetting the excellent service of the staff – they were so friendly and helpful, especially the Malay (I mention the race because there were many staff around ah) girl who suggested to me to pose with Serena Williams with an Oscars trophy at the Gift Shop. I was caught by surprise because the trophy was an item on sale and usually sales assistants would be very uptight when they see items get played around with in the shop.
On top of that, I never felt watched at all during the whole time I was there hence I never felt restricted in the way I took my photos (i.e. selfies on my phone lol). Another Chinese male staff also helped to take the above photo of us with Brangelina twice without us asking. This may be a small gesture but I think it’s also the little things that make a big difference in customer service. So two thumbs up to everyone working at Madame Tussauds Singapore! 🙂
It was $20 well-spent! I will definitely return for a second visit even if I wasn’t given a free ticket haha.
That’s all for this post! Hope you guys enjoyed it ❤
Adult tickets are priced at S$30 at the counters and S$26 (oops, no more $20 sorry) for early birds. Child and senior tickets are sold at S$16 and S$23 respectively online.
Madame Tussauds Singapore
40 Imbiah Road
Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa
Tel: 6715 4000
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