Famous wax museum to add life to S'pore story

Famous wax museum to add life to S'pore story
Wax figures of Jay Chou, Katy Perry, Kate Winslet at the Launch of Madam Tussauds Singapore.

Fans of Madame Tussauds in London will soon be able to catch the famously lifelike wax figures of local and international personalities in Singapore.

The wax museum will make its local debut in the second half of next year, opening at Sentosa's Imbiah Lookout.

The new attraction will be installed alongside the existing Images of Singapore (IOS) exhibit, where wax figures and multimedia chart the nation's history.

The two attractions will be packaged together, showcasing Singapore's history and culture, said global attractions operator Merlin Entertainments yesterday.

The firm will invest more than $20 million in the 4,500 sq m building housing IOS, covering both the new Madame Tussauds Singapore and a revamp of IOS.

There are now 15 Madame Tussauds attractions worldwide, including five in Asia, where the British firm has expanded quickly in recent years.

They are in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Wuhan and Shanghai. Madame Tussauds Beijing opens early next year.

Merlin, owner of Madame Tussauds and a host of world-famous attractions such as Legoland, has been in talks with Sentosa Development Corp for a year.

Merlin's divisional director Meike Schulze told The Straits Times: "Sentosa is such a vibrant place and it's a great implemented and embedded leisure attraction already. And that is just creating the perfect home for us."

Wax figures of actress Kate Winslet and singers Katy Perry and Jay Chou were unveiled at a media conference yesterday, but the figures going on display here will be announced only later.

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