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WAX MUSEUM

Bety

One of the best things to do on nice autumn day in Prague is simply wander around the center. That is exactly what we did last weekend. After a short stroll, we ended up on Celetná Street close to Old Town Square in front of WAX Museum deciding whether to go in or not. As I have been to the Wax Museum in Sydney and London, I wanted to see what this one in Prague had to offer. There were Madame Tussauds signs outside, so we got the wrong impression that this is Madame Tussauds museum. But there were actually only a few “guest stars” from there: Jolie, Pitt, Clooney, Gaga, Kidman and Tarantino. So please, do not have Madame Tussauds’ in mind when you visit this museum. From what I know, just one figure featured by the world-famous Madame Tussauds cost £150.000 (around 4,5 million CZK) and takes over four months to produce. So you can imagine that this would be far over budget for this small Prague museum. On the other hand, I can say that some of the wax works were quite good. 

My favourite room was the hall of artists and musicians. The Czech composer Bedrich Smetana was instantly recognizable. Alfons Mucha was deeply concentrating on one of his Art Deco masterpieces.

The first couple of rooms were figures from Czech history, from Austrian emperors to the first Czech Communist President Klement Gottwald. The only thing that seemed to be lacking was information to put the characters into context or explain to the public who they were.

The final note from us: When you visit this museum, make sure that you are accompanied by someone who knows a bit about the Czech history and can put the figures into the context for you!!!

 
 

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