Madrid Wax Museum

Madrid Wax Museum

Inaugurated in 1972 with a wax figure of Christopher Columbus, the Museo de Cera is currently home to over 450 figures, representing historical figures, sports legends, musicians and actors from all over the world.

Madrid’s Wax Museum is also famous for its controversial wax figures. One of the most polemical was that of Manolo Escobar, a Spanish singer born in the 1930s, who was shown his figure and didn’t like it at all, so it was taken to the Casa De Campo and blown up. Later, a new figure of the singer was made, which can still be found in the museum.

Surpisingly, some celebrities and sports people wear the royal clothing of their characters, or of their sports team.

Behind the scenes

To make the figures, the museum must first organize a photo shoot and then make the sculpture out of mud. Afterwards, the sculpture is made of silicon and plaster to then make it out of wax.

The eyes and teeth are made by different specialists and, to make the figures as real-life as possible, they use real hair. A figure usually has around 500,000 individual hairs put in, which are later cut and combed.

After including the wrinkles, scares and choosing the right tone of skin, the figures are dressed and are placed in a background that represents them. The show must go on!

Visiting the museum

This museum is home to world-renowned actors like Leonardo di Caprio, Antonio Banderas and Brad Pitt. Visitors will also find characters of the scariest movies of all times, including Freddy Krueger, Frankenstein and Dracula. Tourists will also stubble upon famous historical figures: Cleopatra, Charles the Holy Roman Emperor and Napoleon, to mention a few.

The wax figures are placed in various rooms depending on what represents them the most. There is a party room, a wild wild west room or a prison, among many other.

Not only wax figures

The museum also has other additional attractions for example, the Train of Terror, which offers its visitors a journey packed with rats, dinosaurs, sharks, aliens or characters from Star Wars.

The museum also includes a simulator, and a 3D film that explains the history of Spain.

Ideal for families

The Madrid Wax Museum is an ideal option if you are traveling to the capital of Spain with children.  

Schedule

Monday - Friday: 10am - 2pm and from 4:30pm until 8pm. 
Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays: 10am - 8pm. 

Price

Adults: €21.
Children 4-12 years old and seniors over 65: €14.
Students with a student card: €2 off. 

Transport

Metro: Colón (line 4)
Bus: Lines 27, 14, 5, 45, 53 and 150. 
Trains: Recoletos station