Review: Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Resorts World Sentosa (Singapore)

Madame Tussauds is a world-renowned wax museum founded by Marie Tussaud and first opened its doors in London back in 1835. It now has many chains in various countries and the one in Singapore located on Sentosa Island is the seventh branch to open in Asia.

During one of Klook’s promotion periods, my husband won a free entry ticket from a spin-the-wheel game. Initially, I thought we weren’t going to utilize it as I wasn’t about to willingly pay to go see creepy-looking human figures. But since we landed ourselves a deal of 285 Sentosa Fun Pass tokens for just $51 via Traveloka, I figured we’d have difficulty finding ways to spend that many tokens. Hence, I exchanged 40 of them for a ticket for myself and here we are!

Madame Tussauds Singapore's building facade

  • Inclusions:
    • 5-in-1 entry tickets to Madame Tussauds Singapore
  • Spent: SGD$7.16 (40 Sentosa Fun Pass tokens for 1 ticket)

Our standard tickets gave us access to 5 different experiences in the museum: Madame Tussauds Singapore (ie. the whole museum), Ultimate Film Star Experience, Images of Singapore, Spirit of Singapore Boat Ride and Marvel 4D Experience. There is another ticket option that adds on a VR racing experience, where you get to drive a race car simulator in a life-size Formula 1 car replica. We’re not really into F1 so we didn’t feel sufficiently enticed to top up for this experience.

The first zone we visited was the Ultimate Film Star Experience, a space dedicated to famous Bollywood stars. Here, you can pretend to star in an action movie (complete with lighting and sound effects) and take selfies that you can send to your email afterwards. We also encountered other Bollywood stars later on in other zones, with one section allowing you to have your own music video as you dance along to groovy Bollywood tunes.

Famous Bollywood stars in the Ultimate Film Star Experience at Madame Tussauds Singapore

Famous Bollywood stars in the Ultimate Film Star Experience at Madame Tussauds Singapore

Right after that, we headed over to the Images of Singapore zone. This zone starts off with scenes of Singapore as a fishing village and then charts its course as a developing nation. It also has a section that depicts scenes of WWII along with smoke, flashing lights and sirens activated at intervals. Finally, the zone ends off with a display of Singapore’s key milestones and wax figures of famous local personalities.

Coolie quarters scene from Images Of Singapore at Madame Tussauds Singapore

Dick Lee, famous local musician and composer, from Images Of Singapore at Madame Tussauds Singapore

Phua Chu Kang, famous TV sitcom personality, from Images Of Singapore at Madame Tussauds Singapore

Next up was the Spirit of Singapore Boat Ride experience. It’s pretty cool that they incorporated a boat ride within the museum to break up the monotony of just walking around to view exhibits. There was no queue when we got here so we boarded one of the boats straight away. It’s a slow and gentle ride that meanders around iconic symbols of Singapore and lasts for about 5 minutes.

Meandering canal and archway from the Spirit Of Singapore Boat Ride at Madame Tussauds Singapore

The rest of our museum experience was made up of viewing wax figures as part of various themes, such as world leaders, sports personalities, as well as famous stars from the music and film industry. Some of them were designed or posed in a way that allowed you to “interact” with them and be a part of the scene for that coveted photo opportunity.

Wax figures of world leaders at Madame Tussauds Singapore

Wax figures of sports personalities at Madame Tussauds Singapore

Wax figures of music and film stars at Madame Tussauds Singapore

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first Prime Minister, at Madame Tussauds Singapore

Korean stars at Madame Tussauds Singapore

Finally, we rounded up our time here with the Marvel 4D Experience, which entailed watching a 15-minute video wearing 3D glasses and having things like water and air squirted at us.

When we arrived at the entry point, the staff regrettably informed that we had just missed the current screening. That meant we had to hang around for about 15 to 20 minutes for the next run, which was rather unproductive given that we’d seen all the prior exhibits and there wasn’t much else to do. So remember to check the timings first and plan your route accordingly!

Marvel 4D Experience theatre at Madame Tussauds Singapore

My overall rating of the experience: 3 out of 5 stars. I still couldn’t really get over the eerie feeling of being amongst life-like human figures and the repetitive thoughts of what I’d do if one of them suddenly started moving 😛 Strange idiosyncracies aside, it is, objectively speaking, just a straightforward attraction to take lots of photos at (albeit quite funny ones if you’re there with an animated, theatrical partner or friend). The boat ride was a nice variation as opposed to simply walking around to view the exhibits, but I guess there’s only so much you can do to make a musuem of wax figures more interesting or exciting. I did like that the organization of the space was intuitive and I didn’t have to worry about getting lost or accidentally missing out a chunk of exhibits. Do note that it can be quite difficult to get clean, un-photobombed pictures with some of your favourite personalities if the place is crowded, so if this matters to you, you might want to find out when their off-peak hours are before heading down.

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