Madame Tussauds Istanbul

Free with Istanbul Tourist Pass®

Regular Price: € 12

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Have you always wanted to meet your heroes and favourite celebrities? Now you can at Madame Tussauds wax museum. There are around 60 famous Ottoman, Turkish and international figures to see and you can take all the pictures you want!

Madame Tussauds Istanbul is the 21st location of the chain of successful wax museums started by Madame Marie Tussaud in France after the French Revolution and its popularity continues to grow. Visit now to see what the world loves about this unique attraction. It will definitely be a fun day out!

Madame Tussauds Istanbul is free with Istanbul Tourist Pass®

Regular Price € 12

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Hours & Schedule

During pandemic: 11:15 - 17:15 (Last Entry 16:30) 

Please visit official website for most updated opening hours during pandemic.


Open 7 days: 12 noon to 6pm

Last admission: 5pm

How To Get There?

Take the metro to Taksim station and follow the signs to the main Taksim Square (Taksim Meydanı) exit. 
From Taksim Square, walk down Istiklal Street (Istiklal Caddesi) and the museum will be on the right. The museum is located inside the Grand Pera Shopping Mall but is clearly advertised on Istiklal Street so you won't miss it.

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Istanbul is home to many local museums that have historical and cultural significance for sure, but it is also home to many local and international entertainment centers. in Istanbul brings the two together, housing over 60 almost-real wax models of both local and international starts with some clever twists on the presentation. If you know Madame Tussauds, you probably already have gone to one, but if you haven’t, here is everything you need to know about this amazing museum.

History of Madame Tussauds

Marie Grosholtz was born in 1761 in Strasbourg, France. At the age of just 6, her mother’s employer Dr. Philippe Curtius, a skilled physician who was also a master at wax modeling, started teaching Marie wax modeling. When she was just 17, she became the art tutor of Madame Elizabeth. She inherited the wax model collection of his teacher Dr. Philippe Curtius after the French Revolution and started travelling around Europe with her collection, opening exhibitions in various locations. In 1795, she married Francois Tussaud and took his surname. After this, she renamed her touring show with the wax models “Madame Tussaud’s”.
She opened her first wax museum in London in 1835. This museum had the wax figures of many famous people, criminals and murderers. There was also a scene from the French Revolution including brutal scenes. During the German bombings in the 2nd World War, a huge portion of her massive 400 wax model collection was either damaged or destroyed. After changing ownership many times following the passing of Marie Tussaud, the famous wax museum chain is owned by Merlin Entertainment Group today.
With 21 Madame Tussauds museums around the world spanning over many major cities in 4 continents, Madame Tussauds – without the apostrophe – is the most famous wax museum chain in the world.

Inside Madame Tussauds Istanbul

The first thing you will notice as soon as you enter the museum is the atmosphere. It is not an ordinary, classic museum. The place welcomes its visitors with a long red carpet. The interior design is amazing and makes you feel like a celebrity. You can take photos of the models, strike poses for paparazzies and take selfies with your favorite celebrities’ terrifyingly accurate wax models. After taking in this unique atmosphere, be ready to discover Madame Tussauds’ five different sections: History & Leaders, VIP Party, Sport, Culture, Film and Music, each with their own unique style and interactivity.
But of course, you do not come to Madame Tussauds for the atmosphere, you come for the world-class wax figures. The wax figures in the museum are so detailed that it is difficult to distinguish them from the real people. The staff says they take more than 200 measurements from the stars and take their photos from every angle you can imagine. Even the hair on the models, including eyebrows and eyelashes, are taken from real humans. Madame Tussauds says one wax figure costs nearly £150,000 and takes 4 months to finish. But it does not end with just the wax models. The rooms of the wax models are fitting to the theme of their characters. For example, Albert Einstein’s room has a bookshelf picture on the wall and there is a real blackboard on it. There are also many interactive parts in the museum. You can take a photo with Mozart’s wig or try Mohammad Ali’s gloves. Some of the instruments in the displays are also playable.
One of the most important parts of the Madame Tussauds Istanbul is its History & Leaders section. It is like a time travel adventure. If you are interested in history, you will find this section of the museum a fitting part of your history trip in Istanbul. Among the sculptures of important Turkish historical figures are Ataturk, Sinan the Architect and Mevlana. If you do not know much about them, do not worry as there are little bits of historical information boxes near the models. Reading them gives you enough insight into the Turkish history to appreciate the models.
All of these facts about Madame Tussauds Istanbul makes it a fitting and fun event for friends and family. If you can, bring your friends or family and discover this place and have fun together. Take selfies, interact with the museum and explore the best wax models in the world. If you are planning an Istanbul tour, you are going to go to Taksim at some point anyways, so while you are walking down the Istiklal Avenue, you shouldn’t miss this unique experience, which takes about 1 hour to complete.

Madame Tussauds Istanbul Address

Madame Tussauds Istanbul is really easy to find. The museum is in Grand Pera, which is on the Istiklal Avenue. The easiest way of reaching the Istiklal Avenue is going to Taksim. To reach Taksim the fastest, use the M2 Yenikapi – Haciosman metro line and get off at the Taksim stop. From there, you can easily find Madame Tussauds by using a map application.

Madame Tussauds Istanbul Ticket Prices

Madame Tussauds Istanbul entrance fee is 80 Turkish Liras for one adult. If you want to get a Sea Life Istanbul ticket and/or a Legoland Discovery Centre ticket as well, you can get a double or a triple ticket for a discounted price. If you buy your Madame Tussauds Museum ticket online, you get a discount in your ticket and also skip the line, so if you can, we recommend purchasing your tickets online.
If you want to bring your family or friends to this one-of-a-kind museum, you can get a 2-person ticket or choose from the 3 different Family Packs that are available and save money.

Madame Tussauds Istanbul Visiting Hours

The museum’s schedule is pretty simple. It opens at 12 AM every day of the week. The last entrance is at 5 PM and it closes at 6 PM. Since the place is really popular, it can be crowded during the evenings, plus you may have to wait in the ticket line if you did not get your ticket online. We suggest that you make your visit during morning or noon as they are the calmest hours.