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:
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!
Less talking, more pictures! Most of the photos were taken by Bf 🙂
**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.
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 😦
The Leaders Area comes first after the boat ride!
Do Communist leaders share the same kind of style? Somehow Mao Tse-tung resembles Kim Jong-il here.
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!
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.
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.
Moving on to the Sports Area…
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?!
I swear I scrutinised and touched those pearly white teeth. Gosh, they really looked and felt real!
I know what you’re looking at. Let me help by giving you a close-up:
Talkin’ about 100% precision.
Ever wonder who Madame Tussaud (“mah-daym too-sawd”) was?
There’s even a live TV studio environment! And guess who’s the host?
How about some local TV celebrities?
We’re slowly delving into the Film Lot!
Now, to Hollywood…
Next, people are gonna love the Music Zone!
Let’s now mingle with the hottest celebrities at the A-List Party!
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.
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.