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Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
August 17, 2011
From journal Who needs a man to take you to Paris?
October 29, 2005
When we visited, a few years ago now, our children were at the stage of wanting to be independent but not quite making it. They strode off confidently in front of us and started to admire a rotund waxwork figure near to the box office. The piercing eyes of this character, we couldn’t place him historically, seemed to follow our youngest and just as he turned his back on the figure it made a loud utterance. My sons both jumped with shock whilst us adults were as amused as the gentleman performing this trickery. Thereafter, our two boys did not stray far from our side!
Parts of the museum we found less than interesting, as it was focusing on notable French personalities, and although I’m sure that they were incredibly well done, we had no idea who they were. Wax works have no impact when you don’t know the person who they are depicting, unless, of course, the characters are acting as three-dimensional demonstrations of an historical event. Grévin “does battle scenes” extremely well! Even if you’re not an historian, I reckon you’ll love the way the Grévin depicts, chronologically, the history of France.
The hall of mirrors was one of the earliest permanent exhibitions at the Grévin and children find this absolutely fascinating with the bright lights firstly attracting their attention and then their bewilderment as they see themselves reflected “every which way”. I guess this was an absolute spectacle when first introduced back in the early 1900s.
A recent addition to the museum enables you to check out the methodology used by the craftsmen at the Grévin to create the wax figures – inspecting the false eyes, smelling the hot wax, and being surprised that all hair used in the models is real human hair and is painstakingly “sewed” into the scalps as individual hairs.
The Grévin also does a great story of the 20th century, the first man on the moon, and they proudly commemorate the 1998 World Cup (surprised it wasn’t the 1966 cup, when the Englanders were victors!). Again, some great recognisable characters are “strutting their stuff”, including Spider Man (didn’t know he really existed!) – but the kids will love him more than the likes of Jimi Hendrix or Louis Armstrong!
Of course we all prefer it when we recognise the faces, and there are some well-known celebrities that are internationally known: Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Elvis, Charles de Gaulle, and many others. They are well done and, I reckon, would compete with Madame Tussauds.
From journal Paris and its Museums
January 11, 2002
From journal Paris - first touch