Madame Tussauds is one of Amsterdam’s major tourist attraction and offers a fully interactive experience. It is nothing like a conventional museum where you are not allowed to touch the exhibits. As a visitor of Madame Tussauds you are highly encouraged to touch the life-size wax figures and take selfies with them.
In addition to Dutch icons like Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh and Anne Frank, you can also rub shoulders with international celebrities, sports heroes and world leaders. Admire them from up close and be amazed at how big or how small they actually are.
Some of the Dutch and international A-list personalities that are featured include George Clooney, Charlie Chaplin, Adele, Bob Marley, Rafael van der Vaart, Ed Sheeran, Herman Brood, YouTube star Enzo Knol, ET, Lady Gaga, Angela Merkel and Obama.
Besides Kings Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson you can also hang out with the Dutch King, Willem-Alexander, and his wife Queen Máxima and his mom Princess Beatrix. The latest addition to Madame Tussauds is Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer, displayed in his unique skating position.
Spin records with world famous Dutch DJs
Play music with Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Afrojack and Hardwell in front of a wild crowd in the DJ room. Walk the catwalk with Dutch top model Doutzen Kroes. Create beautiful artwork with famous artists and photograph yourself in the Mona Lisa. Try your hand at becoming a pop star and sing a song with Adele. Play a game of football with Messi.
Bonus: Amazing view of Amsterdam
In between striking poses with celebrities and sports stars, don’t forget to look out of the large round window for a stunning view of Dam Square, the Royal Palace and surroundings. You can see all the way along Damrak, one of Europe’s busiest streets. Damrak runs from Amsterdam central station to Dam Square.
Extra discount for Heavenly Holland fans
Buy your tickets at the door, mention that you are a Heavenly Holland fan and get €10 off your ticket price. This offer is valid from Saturday 28 April to Sunday 13 May 2018. Only valid for tickets bought at the Madame Tussauds Amsterdam ticket office.
The history of Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds has been displaying wax figures for over 200 years. Josephine Tussaud (1900-1985), great-great-granddaughter of founder Marie Tussaud, initiated the Amsterdam branche of Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam. This was the first location to open outside the United Kingdom. At the time of opening in 1971 it was located on the Kalverstraat shopping street.
In 1991 the venue moved to its current location, the upper floors of the monumental Peek & Cloppenburg building overlooking Dam Square. Since its modernization in 2012 the wax museum includes interactive experiences for all ages.
• Did you know that Madame Tussauds is not like a convential museum? You are highly encouraged to touch the wax figures!
• Did you know that the Amsterdam branche was the second Madame Tussauds attraction in the world to open?
• Did you know that all wax figures are made at the Tussauds Studios in London? They are brought to Amsterdam by car and by ferry.
• Did you know that it takes an average of three months and 20 studio artists to create a wax figure?
• Did you know that of each celebrity a plaster model of their teeth is made, often done by the celebrity’s own dentist?
• Did you know that real hair is literally inserted into the wax figure’s head hair by hair?
• Did you know that all wax figures have their hair washed with shampoo and their clothes taken to the dry cleaners regularly?
Madame Tussauds in located in the heart of Amsterdam, right on the famous Dam Square. It is just a 800-meter walk from Amsterdam Central Station. When you exit the station, walk straight ahead along the bustling Damrak. When you arrive at the Dam Square, Madame Tussauds is right in front of you.
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Save money and avoid the queue
Queuing during the peak season may take up to 20 minutes. You can avoid the wait and save money by purchasing your tickets online. If you book online at least one day in advance you save up to 20% on your ticket price. These tickets allow you to enter via the VIP Fast Track. Click here to book your tickets on the Madame Tussauds website.
Opening hours Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam is open all year round from 10.00 to 20.00. Different opening times apply during public holidays. During the spring, summer, autumn and winter holidays Madame Tussauds is open from 09.30 to 21.30.
Standard opening times: daily from 10.00 to 20.00 (7 days a week)
Opening times exceptions in 2018
Fri. 27 April (King’s Day): 10.00-16.30 (last admission at 15.00)
Fri. 4 May (Remembrance Day): last admission at 16.30
Sat. 28 April – Sun. 6 May: 09.30-21.30 (last admission at 20.00)
Sat. 7 July – Sun. 2 September: 09.30-21.30 (last admission at 20.00)
Sat. 13 October – Sun. 28 October: 09.30-21.30 (last admission at 20.00)
Sat. 22 December 2018 – Sun. 6 January 2019: 09.30-21.30 (last admission at 20.00)
Mon. 24 December: 09.30-19.30 (last admission at 18.00)
Tue. 25 and Wed. 26 December: 09.30-20.00
Mon. 31 December: 09.30-18.00 (last admission at 16.30)