Even the origins of the wax museum are fascinating…and a little disturbing. The woman behind the museum was born Marie Grosholtz, who later married Francois Tussaud. Marie was imprisoned in Paris during the French Revolution, and to prove her allegiance to the winning side, she was forced to make “death masks” of executed nobles, including the king and queen.

In 1794, she inherited Dr Philippe Curtius’ wax exhibition, and the rest is history.

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What it takes to be a Madame Tussauds wax figure (pictures)