On the 22nd of January 2021, 15 students from my class, our teacher, my mom, and I went to London to get an excursion to Madame Tussauds Museum. We studied the history of European countries and their places of interest. When our teacher asked us to select the place to visit and investigate, we chose Madame Tussauds Museum because it dealt not only with a famous sculptor but with hundreds of outstanding personalities who we could take a picture with.
We decided to learn the address and working hours of the museum. We found out that there were other museums in Asia, Oceania, North America, and Europe. Even though we could visit other variants in Europe, we decided to select the origin in London. Its address is Marylebone Rd, NW1 5LR in London. According to Google Maps, the nearest subway station is Baker Street. So, we bought plane tickets on the 19th of January 2021 and booked tickets to visit the museum at noon. We arrived at 10.30 AM in London. Then, we had lunch and took a taxi to the subway. At 11.30 AM, we left the subway station and walked to the museum. For 15 minutes, we waited for our teacher and my mother to bring our tickets and enter the museum.
Our main goal was to learn the history of the museum and take a photo with the members of the royal family. Our additional goal was to jot down information about the founder of the museum and reflect it in our field trip report. Our teacher in English also asked us to write an essay about one of the personalities we saw in the museum or about our experience connected with the education trip.
Before we decided to visit Madame Tussauds museum, we bought an illustrated guide on Amazon to get ready for the excursion and be prepared to ask questions to satisfy our curiosity. Moreover, we visited different reputable websites to learn more about the museum, including encyclopedias and textbooks. We also interviewed students who had already been to Madame Tussauds before.
So, we used the following research methods:
Both primary and secondary sources helped us to prepare for the research. Besides, we learned a sample of a field trip report. We used the sample to know what we would have to introduce in our reports after the trip.
Our research and excursion let us learn the following information:
Marie Tussaud was a French sculptor who moved to England at the age of 42. Her uncle was a skillful wax sculptor who used his talent to illustrate human anatomy and then portrayed people. He taught her everything he knew. Voltaire became her first sculpture. The royal family was impressed with her wax figure of the favorite of Louis XVI. They invited her to stay nine years in Versailles. Later, the government wanted to execute her for her loyalty to the royal family and the figures she did to protest. Her uncle’s friends released her, and she was asked to make death masks. Napoleonic wars made her move to London and transport her creations there. She spent 33 years in Britain and only then managed to open her exhibition together with her son in London, in Baker Street, where it is now. There is also her self-portrait at the entrance of the museum. This self-portrait is one of some sculptures that managed to survive in the museum.
Madame Tussauds museum was founded on the 23rd of March 1835. It displays wax figures of outstanding personalities of the world, including the royal family, actors, musicians, politicians, and scientists. In total, there are over 50 models. While Marie was still alive, the museum was famous for its Chamber of Horrors. It had models of murderers and other criminals that terrified the world at the beginning of the XXI century and the victims of the French Revolution. Unfortunately, we did not see that terrific collection because it was removed in 2016 due to its improper ‘taste’. Thus, we visited The Sherlock Holmes exhibition that replaced it. We all liked Conan Doyle’s works and took pictures of the famous characters. Unfortunately, many waxworks were destroyed by the fire in 1925, though many figures were reconstructed.
The royal family had a particular place. The exhibition included Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Princess Diana, and Prince William. Prince Harry and Megan Markle were moved to another room together with other celebrities because they decided to leave their royal duties.
Each student asked a question about the royal representative that he or she was going to introduce in college essays and reports. I learned more about the British favorite Princess Diana. The catchiest facts included the following information:
After the excursion, I decided to read other books about Diana because she inspired me.
Our excursion lasted for an hour and a half, so it ended at 1.30 PM. It was successful because all students learned the required information to write academic papers and support them with dependable facts. Moreover, that trip taught us to value life and be active, trying to change the world for the better. Marie Tussaud made not only wax figures. She reflected the history in her creations. Thanks to that, we could observe the most prominent representatives of various epochs. Today, Marie’s followers expand the collection to glorify the contribution of the French sculptor.