Madrid’s Wax Museum: Museo de Cera
Madrid’s wax museum offers a multi-level interconnected labyrinth of over 400 wax figures. The adventure starts at the History Gallery on the ground floor, which covers the Roman Empire, Visigoths, Muslim Spain, the Habsburgs and the Modern Age. Things begin to get interesting as you enter the Main Gallery, where you will be as entertained by the eclectic range of figures as their awkward juxtaposition to one another. The entrance to the Main Gallery houses famous explorers and navigators, such as Christopher Columbus before leading you to the selection of American celebrities, where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are prominently featured. Leave the celebrities to enter the Bullring, which features a matador being gored by a bull on one side of the room as fellow matadors and a doctor pay their last respects to the slain bull fighter on the opposite side of the room. The Main Gallery also hosts sports stars including soccer players Pele, Zinedine Zidane and the Spanish national team alongside the likes of Michael Jordan and Rafael Nadal. From the sports area, you can wander into the Wild West, where a saloon fight is staged. Just beyond this, historical figures, including Mother Theresa holding Princess Diana’s hand behind a seated Ghandi figure are alongside a figure of US President Barack Obama, who offers an outstretched hand to those who pass by. Navigate the cluster of Show Business celebrities in the likeness of Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe among others, filling one of the gallery’s larger rooms, before finding your way to the upper level Crime Gallery. In the Crime Gallery, which depicts graphic brutalities, you will walk past Freddy Kreuger, The Andalucia Train Murders, Inquisition Tortures, 19th Century Bandits and Famous Killers. Finally, if you still haven’t had your fill, jump on board the Horror Train, an indoor train akin to a child’s carnival ride, to leisurely pass by nine exhibits including Dungeons, Monks, Rats, Sharks, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Star Wars Cantina, a Bear Cavern and the Vietnam War.
The museum is a bit kitschy, as wax museums tend to be, but the attention paid to figures and traditions important to Spain and the undeniable entertainment value make Madrid’s Wax Museum worth the price of admission. Be sure to hold onto your ticket throughout the museum as it will be punched at the entrance of each non-connected Gallery.
Paseo de Recoletos, 41/ Metro: Colon