The first Madame Tussauds waxworks museum opened in London in 1835 and now has numerous locations worldwide. The Hong Kong branch was Asia’s first and opened in 2000.
The museum is located on Hong Kong Island inside the popular Peak Tower, a shopping complex known for its ultra-modern design and breathtaking views. Hong Kong’s Madame Tussauds has more than 100 wax figures displayed across three floors.
You’ll be greeted at the entrance by the easily recognizable figure of Jackie Chan before beginning your journey through several themed sections including Music Icons, Hong Kong Glamour and The Champions. Younger visitors will be happy to pose for photos with David Beckham and Lady Gaga. You can get up-close to everyone from stars from years gone by, such as Marilyn Monroe, to present-day A-listers and public figures known the world over. Pose for a photo near big names such as Nicole Kidman and Barack Obama.
Hong Kong locals and stars of Asian cinema might be harder to recognize, but you’ll notice that the likeness of movie star and singer Andy Lau, complete with heartbeat, causes quite a stir with local fans.
Another part of the museum that gets plenty of attention is the Scream exhibition. This display is set inside an abandoned asylum. Visitors have to find their way out of the darkened corridors, avoiding waxwork monsters as well as actors in grisly makeup. You’ll find this optional part of the tour next to the World Premiere section.
It’s easy to spend a couple of hours in the museum, especially on weekdays when it’s less crowded. Afterward, head up to the Peak Tower’s Sky Gallery to enjoy unbeatable views of the city. Or, take a short walk along the flat Lugard Road to see views of Central, Kowloon and the South China Sea.
Madame Tussauds is open daily. It’s easy to reach from Central via the Peak Tram from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus on Garden Road (close to MTR Central Station, Exit J2) or take Minibus 1 from the public transportation interchange at MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E